Working from Hollywood’s newest state-of-the-art sound-mixing stages at Paramount Studios, Technicolor’s theatrical sound-mixing team of Scott Millan and Greg P. Russell created the soundscape for director José Padilha’s Robocop. The new incarnation of Robocop revisits the 1987 dystopian classic from filmmaker Paul Verhoeven, and stars Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish and Jackie Earle Haley. Millan and Russell created an array of sound deliverables for Robocop including an IMAX mix for the film’s theatrical release.
“As a fan of the director’s Elite Squad series, I was excited to collaborate with him on his American debut,” stated Millan who was first introduced to Padilha by picture editor Daniel Rezende.
“In Robocop, José intelligently reimagines a classic into a timely political and ethical commentary, and examines timeless ideas. As a filmmaker, he is both talented and trusting of his creative teams with whom he surrounds himself – it was a thrill to be counted among them.”
Robocop is director Padilha’s first English-language film.
“A well-balanced sound track that's articulate in supporting the story, with clarity, detail, and dynamics is what we strive for,” noted Russell. “This film has many big sound sequences, but to get quiet enough in the film is always key to not overwhelming an audience. I think it’s the right blend of story and action and the struggle of a family holding together that makes José Padilha's Robocop a really enjoyable ride.”
For Robocop Russell and Millan reteamed with their Skyfall sound editorial collaborator, Karen Baker-Landers. “Karen’s team of sound designers did an excellent job creating the palette of sounds for us to work with,” stated Russell.