Skywalker Sound and the challenges of making audio for VR films, by Edgar Alvarez

‘Carne y Arena.’

Lauded Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu, best known for his work on movies such as Birdman and The Revenant, last year nabbed a “special” Oscar award for his VR exhibition Carne y Arena. The virtual reality project, dubbed Flesh and Sand in English, takes viewers into a world where they can experience what it’s like to be an immigrant trying to cross a border. As much as visuals were important to tell this story, one of Iñárritu’s focus was to also to create the most immersive sounds — which can be complicated when going from traditional film to a completely new medium like VR.

To do that, the director recruited Skywalker Sound, an arm of the Lucasfilm motion picture group, to work on making the best spatial, 360-degree audio possible for Carne y Arena.

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