ProCreate Godzilla

Godzilla And The Roar That Shook Cinema - Sound Designing An Icon


Since 1954 Godzilla has been stomping his way through cinema, with the first of the ‘Kauji’ creature films Gojira (1954) being directed by Ishirō Honda. The classic monster flick was re-released two years later as Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956) with Canadian actor Raymond Burr spliced into the edit to make the film palatable to western audiences. The creature feature has been filmed 28 more times since then, with the latest reboot ‘demolishing’ this year box office records taking close to US$100 million in it’s opening weekend.

Director Gareth Edwards had his work cut out for him revamping the franchise; particularly that roar, along with creating a truly ‘smashing’ (last of the puns) sound design in Dolby Atmos .

ProCreate Godzilla

‘Godzilla’ (1954) with director Ishirō Honda

The sound department  consisted of Academy Award® nominated sound specialist Erik Aadahl as lead the designer, along with two-time Academy Award® winner Ethan Van der Ryn (supervising), Academy Award® winner Gregg Landaker (sound effects), Academy Award nominated Rick Kline(music mix), and Tim LeBlanc (dialogue). The team mixed the Dolby Atmos version of Godzilla at Warner Bros. Stage 10 in Burbank, California.

“I think that the Godzilla roar probably tops the King Kong roar in terms of iconic-ness,” Van der Ryn says.


Courtesy Legendary Pictures

The monster’s original roar was created by Akira Ifukube who used a leather glove (coated in pine-tar resin) wiping it slowly across the strings of a double bass guitar to create the iconic sound effect . Van der Ryn and Aadahl tried experimenting with Ifukube’s technique but only found their Godzilla’s voice after six months and many layers of experimentation.

The duo are fiercely secretive about the final sound’s creation, telling news radio NPR:

“I think more so than any other sound effect we’ve designed, we have a certain protectiveness over that sound. It’s when you’re giving voice to something, you’re giving it its soul. And if we tell everybody exactly how we did it, people will think of that when they hear the roar, and we want them to think of Godzilla,” Aadahl says.

“We actually were sworn to take it to our graves with us,” Van der Ryn adds.

Director Gareth Edwards when discussing the roar (in other interviews) has said:

“One of the breakthroughs for them [Van der Ryn and Aadahl] was this new microphone recording device. You know when you shoot in the camera in high speed and play it back you get slow motion? There are these ultra fast recording devices that, when you record and play it back, it’s a hundred times slower and it’s got all the fidelity in it. Something as simple as unscrewing a Coke bottle, when you play it back it’s like thunder or a roar or something. So this whole new world of audio was opened up. A lot of the sounds in there are very strange things from using these scientific microphones.” (source).


The duo used specialised microphones to utilise the frequencies that lay outside of the normal spectrum of human hearing, experimenting with friction sounds (recording rusty car doors, rubbing the surface of a tom drum).

Once finished capturing the samples, they manipulated the files in the studio, processing the audio with pitch-shifting techniques and phasing, thus creating some truly unique audio. Van der Ryn stating : “that allowed us to do was exploit this vast universe of sounds that really people have never heard before.” 

Godzilla ProCreate

(courtesy Legendary Pictures)

They also captured impulse responses created from blasting the Rolling Stones out of the Warner Bros. backlot. This allowed them to catch all of the echos and reflections from the city landscape which were then be applied in the studio to Godzilla’s roar – giving the sound effect a realistic reverb.

“The sound that we were playing actually traveled over 3 miles,” Van der Ryn says. “100,000 watts of pure power.”

“The neighbors started tweeting, like, ‘Godzilla’s at my apartment door!’ Aadahl says. “And we were getting phone calls from Universal Studios across town, because tour groups were asking, ‘What’s all that commotion going on down in the valley?’ “

ProCreate Godzilla

Shooting Godzilla’s path of destruction (courtesy Legendary Pictures)

All of these sounds are then re-created in Dolby Atmos to allow the audience a truly immersive sound experience when watching the film in theaters.

“By using Dolby Atmos to place and move sounds anywhere in a movie theater, Gareth Edwards and his team can recreate the world of Godzilla right in the auditorium, making audiences feel as if they, too, are in the middle of the onscreen action,” said Doug Darrow, Senior Vice President, Cinema, Dolby Laboratories.

“Dolby Atmos is a real paradigm shift from traditional channel-based approaches like 5.1, 7.1, and 11.1. With this new object-based approach, you are no longer just watching a movie, but experiencing it.”

Godzilla is currently playing in theaters world-wide.

Below is a behind-the-scenes video with Erik Aadahl, producer Thomas Tull and director Gareth Edwards, discussing the film’s sound design:


Posted by cizasimatu on
Posted by jesenjitaqqik on
Posted by oxdfonej on
Posted by ihihueek on
Posted by cifefupa on
Posted by upidkoy on
Posted by itirorieara on
Posted by epifsaw on
Posted by isameyiu on
Posted by Vladsem on
mycoxafloppin viagra

[url=]buy viagra online[/url]

viagra cheap

viagra works best when.
Posted by buy kamagra 100mg on
buy kamagra oral jelly online usa
kamagra kopen amsterdam
[url=]buy kamagra 100 mg oral jelly[/url]
kamagra gold jelly
kamagra 100mg tablets australia
Posted by CharlesniG on
"It's going to be a passionate game. [url=]Wholesale China Jerseys[/url] It's going to be an exciting game, [url=]Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic[/url] a whatever-type game, but not for the reasons that you may be thinking," Ryan said. "It has nothing to do with me or anybody else. That's the [url=]Wholesale Jerseys 2017[/url] reality of it."
"That's just what 'pedestrian, [url=]Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping[/url] average, mediocre' receivers do. What's up my man Deion Sanders?" Baldwin said [url=]NFL Jerseys Store[/url] right after the game.
NEW YORK (AP) 锟?In a rare admission of discipline for game officials, the NFL has suspended a side judge and moved a back judge off a prime-time game.
"He looks better this week than he did last week, and I think he's more comfortable running now," offensive coordinator Chan Gailey said. "He was a little ginger [url=]Wholesale Jerseys[/url] the first few times. It's been better lately. He seems to be running with more confidence and doing things with more confidence. He looks pretty good to me."
Briggs said Wednesday afternoon during CSN Chicago's telecast of the Cubs' game against the Reds at Wrigley Field that he is ready to call it a career.
Rodgers was steady, leading a [url=]Cheap NFL Jerseys[/url] drive to the Seattle 36, but his third-down pass to Jordy Nelson fell short and Green Bay settled for Crosby's 48-yard field goal to tie it and send the game to overtime.
Posted by top 10 mail order pharmacies on
prescription meds without the prescription
[url=]mail order prescriptions from canada[/url]
Leave a Reply

(Your email will not be publicly displayed.)

Captcha Code

Click the image to see another captcha.

Nicole Boyd is a consistent contributor and online editor for Video & Filmmaker

Video & Filmmaker is a magazine style website covering every aspect of filmmaking

Video & Filmmaker is made by filmmakers for filmmakers and can guide you through each step of your film's production, from visualising and funding your script, to selecting gear and planning your shoot. With tutorials & reviews to help you capture the best possible sound & vision, the post-production process, right on through to the distribution of your finished project.

Video & Filmmaker is updated daily, combining the very best technical and artistic expertise with the voices of filmmakers the world over. 

Follow them on Twitter

Other News/Reviews