Sony Pictures Entertainment announced that it is teaming with both Barco and Dolby Laboratories to mix Elysium, the second feature film from writer-director Neill Blomkamp, in both the Auro 11.1 system and the Dolby Atmos system, which deliver a more natural and realistic soundtrack that moves sound around and above audiences. Elysium, from TriStar Pictures in association with Media Rights Capital, will be the first Sony Pictures Entertainment title to be mixed in these state-of-the-art formats. The film is set for release Aug. 9.
“We’re thrilled to be working with both Barco and Dolby to explore and support their technologies as we incorporate them into Elysium,” said Rory Bruer, president of worldwide distribution for Sony Pictures. “These new, immersive, breakthrough audio technologies, combined with other state-of-the-art enhancements, are rapidly perfecting the theatrical experience for moviegoers.”
Craig Berkey and Chris Scarabosio will be creating both the Auro 11.1 and Dolby Atmos mixes.
Auro 11.1 by Barco is designed along three layers of sound (traditional surround sound, with height and overhead layers). Thanks to this layered approach, the technology not only enables sound mixers to move objects around in space, it also allows them to reproduce the immersive aspects of a film soundtrack in a more natural way.
Dolby Atmos is a new audio platform that enhances the experience of sound. It allows sound designers and mixers a new level of creative control and ensures that cinema audiences will experience the full impact of their mix regardless of theater configuration.
“Dolby Atmos gives sound designers and mixers unprecedented flexibility to apply their creativity to telling stories through sound,” explained Doug Darrow, senior vice president, cinema, Dolby Laboratories. “With Dolby Atmos sound experts can now easily place and move specific sounds anywhere in the movie theater. Audiences are going to love Elysium and Dolby Atmos is going to make them feel like they are right in the center of all the action.”
“All of us at Barco are extremely grateful for the opportunity to work with Sony Pictures on the creation of an Auro 11.1 immersive sound mix for Elysium,” said Brian Claypool, senior director of strategic business development for Barco. “Since performing the industry’s first immersive mix for a feature film in January 2012 with Lucasfilm‘s Red Tails, Auro 11.1 has been used in nine films to date.”