ABC News’ “The Force of Sound” Full Featurette Video Released

The full 26 minute video about the sound effects of Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been officially released by ABC News. The video takes us to Skywalker Ranch, where Skywalker Sound, the Oscar-nominated sound crew of The Last Jedi, do their magic.


As you most likely know, sound recording is one of the biggest aspects of any movie. Although the audio crew records during the filming process, almost every sound has to be recreated in a studio after the shoot, which is not an easy task. Making the audience believe that a particular sound does indeed correspond with its source is the biggest challenge to the sound crew.


In this really cool featurette, we get a sneak peek behind the scenes at Skywalker Ranch into how the sounds for the porgs, fathiers, vulpteces and the BB-8 scene in the Canto Bight casino from The Last Jedi were made. Also, Supervising Sound Editor Mathew Wood shares his funny story about how he got to work for George Lucas and Lucasfilm


You can check out the video below. It’s really worth your time.




Star Wars: The Last Jedi is nominated for four Oscars, three of which are related to the sounds of the movie: “Sound Editing” (Ren Klyce, Matthew Wood), “Sound Mixing” (Stuart Wilson, Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick) and of course “Original Score” (John Williams).


You can read the full article by our friend Clayton Sandell and Ronnie Polidoro over at ABC News here.



Special thanks to our reader Justin Olson for the heads up.



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11 thoughts on “ABC News’ “The Force of Sound” Full Featurette Video Released

  • February 20, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    The Last Jedi sound effects, particularly during the “force-Skype” sequenced were great. And then ironically the sound when there is no sound during the hyperspace “ram” 🙂

    Btw. …3, 2, 1,… who is gonna be the first today to derail this conversation into a troll-fest against TLJ. You know it’s gonna happen 😛

    • February 20, 2018 at 3:31 pm

      If you’re initiating the countdown, I’d say you’re the catalyst of any proposed derailment.

      Give yourself a cookie. 😉

      • February 20, 2018 at 4:26 pm

        you don’t have to be so serious about it. Just wait 😛

    • February 20, 2018 at 11:33 pm

      I really liked The Last Jedi but I think it could have done some things a little better.

      • February 21, 2018 at 5:29 pm

        Me too. But I think people overreacted a bit in front of some choice. A list of examples:

        – Rose: was she really SO bad? I mean, more than everything we saw in TPM or AOTC? She was a little off, in front of well established characters like Poe or Finn, but I don’t think she was so distracting, and even if I didn’t fall in love with her, I didn’t hate her.

        – Saving Finn: was it a bad idea? I mean, we are really at that point where, when a character got saved, we start bitching around? I know Finn’s sacrifice would have fit perfectly into the scene, but that’s the point! It would have been TOO perfect. I don’t want characters to die randomly just to keep high my interest (Game of Thrones anyone?).

        – Canto Bight: it’s useless in the general economy of the movie, but… wat was really usefull, in the whole Resistance storyline? Heroes fail; villains win. That’s the point of the whole movie. Finn and Rose didn’t do anything concrete, just like Poe, just like Leia. Only after Holdo’s sacrifice the Resistance kinda start doing things, but it doesn’t win until Luke decides to go back to the fight. It’s a clear maneuvre to build up tension straight to the grand finale.

        – Humour: ok… there’s something wrong in it, but again: was it SO distracting? Were the Porgs SO present to let the whole movie die? A bunch of bad jokes couldn’t ruin a 2:30 hours movie. Also because there’s some pretty good drama in it!

        • February 22, 2018 at 2:39 am

          Oh please TMP and AOTC are 1000 times better movies than both TFA and TLJ. Rose had some cringe worthly dialogues in the movie. Worst
          dialogues than in any other SW movie.

          • February 22, 2018 at 9:40 am

            apparently you haven’t watched many movies in your lifetime. otherwise you would realize pretty fast how cringe worthy of a script and dialogue the Prequels in general provide.

          • February 22, 2018 at 3:33 pm

            When I read something like “worst ever” or “worst since”, I suddenly stop reading and go on. It can’t be only good or bad, don’t you think? Is there any shade?

            Ok, I’ll try to keep calm: Rose won’t be remembered as the best character from TLJ, even if I didn’t find her SO terrible. Despite some cringey line, Kelly Marie Tran did a good job, I’d say she’s even funny in some bit (in the entire sequence on the Supremacy she’s pretty good).

            Anyway, a movie is not a sum of characters, just like a screenplay os not a sum of dialogues. TFA and TLJ did both a step forward in writing, compared to the prequels, particularly to AOTC. It’s not a matter of having a character which is better or worse than another one, I have my preferences too: is a matter of establishing a bridge between the characters and the audience; make people care about them; and making them grow in front of the audience’s eyes. Just like in the original trilogy.

            Lucas didn’t manage to do that, because of a series of character development problems. Johnson did. So I don’t think TFA and TLJ are generally worse than TPM and AOTC. I think they’re better movies overall. Then, you can prefer the prequels over the others, that’s fine to me. I’m not an hater, and I’m not trying to share the Truth.

          • February 23, 2018 at 6:29 am

            Right. She should’ve said more things like, “deep doo-doo,” “dellow felagates,” “exsqueeze me,” and “icky, icky goo” while stepping in a pile of feces or “dat smells stinkowhiff” while being farted on like those amazing prequel scripts provided us with. What ingenious dialogue those movies had.

            Get real.

  • February 20, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    Force of Sound – new,from LFL! (Ben Burtt action figure sold separately)

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