‘A Star Is Born’ Sound Mixer on Concert Film Challenges, Avoiding Music Leaks


“This is Lady Gaga, one of many greatest pop stars on the planet, so she’s going to have all these new songs and persons are going to need to hear them, so how can we shield that?” Steve Morrow mentioned in a sit-down with The Hollywood Reporter.

Bradley Cooper's directorial debut, A Star Is Born, has scored eight Oscar nominations, together with one for sound mixer Steve Morrow, who was beforehand nominated in 2017 for his work on Damien Chazelle's La La Land.

Morrow sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to debate the challenges he confronted whereas creating the sound within the live performance movie, together with having the movie's stars singing reside on set.

"The first dialog I had with [Bradley] was at his home. We had been speaking concerning the course of of constructing the movie, that Lady Gaga wished to sing every little thing reside, and he wished to try to sing every little thing reside as nicely. And I feel it's a type of challenges that on the technical aspect is simply extremely tough to do, so it was type of, 'How can we accomplish this in the best way that it's going to serve the movie higher?'" he mentioned.

The Oscar-nominated sound mixer went on to elucidate the method of making the live-concert expertise on movie in entrance of an viewers, all whereas avoiding having Gaga's unique music leak into the world.

"Original thought was we might play it out loud and report it like a live performance and have the vocals reside. But then rapidly all of us determined that this music goes to leak a 12 months and half upfront as a result of these aren't simply actors creating one thing. This is Lady Gaga, one of many greatest pop stars on the planet, so she's going to have all these new songs, and persons are going to need to hear them, so how can we shield that?" he mentioned.

The answer required Morrow to report the instrumentation in playback and have it play in Cooper's and Gaga's ear items as they sang a capella onstage.

He continued: "We put all of it in her ears, and whenever you're on set with them, they're principally signing a capella right into a microphone that's not amplified to the gang. The crowds are in a position to cheer and get excited, however they're not likely listening to the songs, so it was that means of capturing all that however preserving it actually quiet on set and increasing it in postproduction, which is what the submit mixers did and actually put you within the live performance."

Watch the video above to listen to Morrow additionally talk about his favourite scene within the movie, working with Cooper and his response to Cooper's finest director snub within the video under.

This article initially appeared on THR.com.