Soundelux's Hallberg 'Bourne' Again

"Bourne" franchise veteran Per Hallberg, supervising sound editor at Soundelux in Hollywood, again led the sound team for the latest film, "The Bourne Legacy."
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Hollywood, CA (August 14, 2012)—Bourne franchise veteran Per Hallberg, supervising sound editor at Soundelux in Hollywood, again led the sound team for the latest film, The Bourne Legacy.

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Released August 10, the new film is the fourth installment in the action-thriller series. It expands on the events of the previous films with the story of a rogue agent, Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner, pictured at right), who sets out to expose an illegal CIA operation to the public. Hallberg supervised sound for each of the three prior Bourne films and won an Academy Award, together with Karen Baker Landers, for his work on The Bourne Ultimatum.

"Like the previous films, it is very reality based," says Hallberg. "We can't have anything that sounds like a 'superhero' movie. The fight scenes, for example, stay connected with reality. They never go over the top. The complexities have to do with speed and the ability to process information. We give the audience clues to what is going on around them."

The new film, however, departs from its predecessors: the story is more textured, probing deeper into the characters' minds and histories, and so the rhythm is different. "We take a little more time," Hallberg explains. "This film has quiet scenes and reflective moments that weren't in the earlier films. They had a driving tempo that was there all the time. In this film, we give the audience some time to breathe."

Hallberg was pleased with the collaboration that developed between the sound team, composer James Newton Howard and picture editor John Gilroy. "James Newton Howard's score was beautiful, really well laid out," Hallberg observes. "Our stuff flowed right into it."

"Once in a while all the pieces come together to form a bigger whole," he says. "That's how we felt about this film. Nothing was missing and there was nothing extra that shouldn't have been there. We were all very pleased in the end."

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