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Sony Sound Team Brings ‘Bad Boys’ to Life

Sony Pictures Post Production Services tackled sound duties on the film “Bad Boys for Life.”

Culver City, CA (January 29, 2020)—Bringing some heat to the winter months, Bad Boys for Life has raked in $218 million worldwide to date since hitting theaters in mid-January. Creating the sound of the Will Smith and Martin Lawrence action comedy presented unique challenges for the sound team from Sony Pictures Post Production Services.

Car chases, gun battles, explosions and other forms of mayhem—all requiring robust sound treatment—occur throughout the film, but the story is driven by the banter between Smith and Lawrence. Capitalizing on every twist and turn of the action sequences while allowing the humor to punch through required the sound artists to bring their A game. Sony’s sound team on the show included supervising sound editor/sound designer/re-recording mixer Steven Ticknor, sound designer/re-recording mixer Tony Lamberti, re-recording mixer Kevin O’Connell, supervising sound editor Andrew DeCristofaro, supervising ADR editor Becky Sullivan and sound designer Laurent Kossayan.

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The sound team reportedly logged long hours in the last weeks of post production to get the film ready for release. The extra effort, says Ticknor, is apparent in the results. “It’s what we’re trained to do,” he observes. “And it’s also what we love. We take a lot of pride in this movie and the work we did to contribute to its success.”

Will Smith in Columbia Pictures’ “Bad Boys for Life” Ben Rothstein/Sony Pictures

He adds, “This was a wonderful project from the perspective of sound. It was an opportunity to work with one of the most successful producers in Hollywood, Jerry Bruckheimer; a talented, young directing team; and two of today’s most gifted actors. We had a great sound team, who were motivated to deliver results that would thrill the audience and have them laughing at the same time.”

The $73.033 million that the film took in at the domestic box office on its Jan. 17 debut weekend makes it Sony Pictures’ biggest R-rated opening ever, the industry’s second highest opening of all-time for the month of January, the second highest Sony/Will Smith opening, and Martin Lawrence’s biggest opening of all time.

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