Hollywood, CA (October 28, 2011)—Supervising sound editor/sound designer Glenn T. Morgan of Soundelux handled the sound elements for The Way, a new film written and directed by Emilio Estevez.
The Way tells the story of an American doctor (played by Estevez's father, Martin Sheen) who decides to complete a trek begun by his son through rural France and Spain along El Camino de Santiago, a legendary road originally traveled by St. James.
In order to create a real and richly detailed soundtrack, Morgan relied heavily on production sound elements. "Although the film is not a documentary, it has very much of a first-person feel," he explains. "It was very important to keep it raw and real. For that reason, we tried to use as much production dialogue as possible—to resist the urge to reshoot dialogue and rather pay a lot of attention to how we cut things to bring out the words."
Morgan also devoted considerable time to research in order to bring authenticity to the sound effects, taking care, for example, to choose bird sounds from species native to particular areas depicted in the film. Foley effects were recorded in outdoor environments similar to those in the film in order to capture the proper ambience.
Loop groups were also recorded in a manner contrary to standard practice. While such talent groups typically speak English, Morgan employed talent who were native speakers of French, Spanish, Basque and other European languages. "We wanted to give it an international flair, so there is absolutely no English," he says. "When they make international versions of this film, they won't need to dub the loop group-our group will live forever."
Regarding The Way, Morgan said he was deeply moved by the story, a feeling shared by other members of the sound team. "It's an amazing story-so touching and well done," he says. "It was an honor to work on this film; a true labor of love."