To celebrate Star Wars Day, the Apple YouTube channel has released a short documentary that goes deep into how the team at Skywalker Sound created the iconic sounds from Star Wars.
Featuring interviews with several people that have been working at the company since George Lucas made the original trilogy, to younger people that began working for them in the last few years, the documentary explores how sound designers have recorded, edited, and mixed all kinds of different sounds from real life to make the galaxy far, far away feel like a real place.
Here is the official synopsis:
The scream of a TIE fighter. The Pew-Pew! of a blaster. Behind the Mac: Skywalker Sound spotlights the team of creators who collaborate to make the magic we hear onscreen. From field recording and Foley to sound design and mixing, these artists reveal their process, showing us how they use Mac to bring to life sounds from the Star Wars universe and beyond.
This is not the first documentary that has dived deep into the sounds of Star Wars, but we aren’t tired yet of seeing how the geniuses at Skywalker Sound worked over the years on one of the most underrated aspects of Star Wars filmmaking. All three movies in the original trilogy were nominated for an Oscar in the category of Best Sound, and all three movies in the sequel trilogy were nominated for Best Sound Editing at the Oscars. Rogue One, The Force Awakens, and The Last Jedi were also nominated for Best Sound Mixing. The Phantom Menace was nominated for (but, surprisingly, did not win) Best Sound in 2000.
Check out Behind the Mac: Skywalker Sound here: