9/17/2013 6:43 PM
Last night, I hit the San Francisco premiere of Metallica's 3D IMAX feature-length film, Through the Never
and I'm still recovering from the 90-minute total sensory immersion into a post-apocalyptic world of metal mayhem. The movie is mostly based on concert footage, interspersed with a "roadie is on a crucial mission to find the mystical secret thing that will save the show" side story in which our hero, played by Dane DeHaan (Lincoln
, HBO's acclaimed series In Treatment
) runs a horror-fantasy gauntlet of zombie riots, bone-shattering explosions, and general urban anarchy.
The movie is certainly a feast for any Metallica fan, but the production was a true marvel. Four full concerts were shot over four days in Vancouver and Edmonton, and captured by Music Mix Mobile, the team responsible for broadcast sound of events like the Grammys, the
Oscars, and the Presdential Inauguration. (24 cameras and many cranes captured the visual action.)
Oscar-nominated sound designer Mark Mangini (Star Trek, The Fifth Element)
and team expertly wove narrative elements and concert sound into numerous mixes ranging from stereo to 5.1, 7.1 and IMAX, with input from both director Nimrod Antal and the band.
If you love Metallica, you will love this movie.
If you appreciate expert sound design, you will be truly inspired by this movie.
I won't tell you how the movie ends.
My night ended at the Metallica after-party, with an official Puppeteer's Punch in hand...but that's a different story...
(For the full post-production story on Through the Never
, check out the October issue of Mix
magazine at mixonline.com