January 03, 2017

Immersive Soundscape Underscores the Tension in Patriots Day

Technicolor collaborates with Director Peter Berg on the sounds that punctuated the Boston Marathon bombing and its tragic repercussions.
  • Technicolor Sound enhances immersive behind-the-scenes look at real-life events of Patriots Day.

Patriots Day is a searing account of the Boston Marathon bombing and the ensuing manhunt that had an entire city on lockdown. For many, it was the sounds of that day that shocked them into the reality of what was happening: they were in the midst of an act of terror.

As he did on their last two films together (Lone Survivor and Deepwater Horizon), Technicolor’s Dror Mohar worked closely with Director Peter Berg and Editor Colby Parker, Jr. to create the soundscape for Patriots Day, serving as Supervising Sound Editor, Sound Designer, and Sound Re-recording Mixer.

Talking about his relationship with Mohar, Berg noted, “Dror possesses a relentless work ethic with legitimate artful genius. He is a creative beast and I am constantly floored by his many talents.”

“Stories like this really benefit from very strategic sound storytelling and placing/shaping sounds,” Mohar said in explaining his role. “In terms of creating sound, it was about trying to define a singular signature for how it felt for the people in Boston, the victims, the first responders. What is the one singular sound that we can put in a scene or sequence that really makes it, or really just lifts it up?”

Added Sound Re-recording Mixer Mike Prestwood Smith, who worked with Mohar on the sound mix, “These are difficult movies to get right; having this workflow between us allows us to balance more succinctly the tightrope act between reality and heightened dramatization.”

Get a first look at the riveting Patriots Day starring Mark Wahlberg.