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Take a Deep, Meaty Dive Into the Gross Story Behind ‘Fight Club’ Sound Effects — Watch

28 April 2017 11:51 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

We’re all familiar with how silly movie sound effects can sometimes be, but one of the things that David Fincher’s cult classic “Fight Club” is best remembered for is its willingness to get as down and dirty with its sound design as it did with those bloody fight scenes.

In a new tribute video by Film Radar, “The Beauty of Sound Design” reveals what went into achieving the uncomfortably realistic noises of fists cracking against faces. The truth isn’t for the faint of heart, but then again, neither is the film.

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The “Fight Club” sound designers, Ren Klyce and Richard Hymns, discuss how the standard way punching sounds are created — sham-wrapped celery being cracked in half — was not working for the level of realism Fincher’s scenes called for. They decided instead »

- Allison Picurro

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Great Job, Internet!: They did some disgusting stuff to make the sounds in Fight Club

26 April 2017 10:54 AM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

Most films aren’t necessarily interested in depicting violence honestly. If they did, most fights would be over after the first punch, and then we wouldn’t have movies like The Raid: Redemption, The Raid 2, and well, every other action movie that isn’t part of The Raid franchise.

Other times, the authenticity of violence is part and parcel of a film’s raison d’etre, as is the case of Fight Club. As this new video from Film Radar shows, the tried-and-true sounds of socking wouldn’t play out in a movie that aims to depict the real damage fists can cause.

Fight Club | The Beauty of Sound Design from Film Radar on Vimeo.

By talking to Fight Club sound designers Ren Klyce and Richard Hymns, Film Radar gets a glimpse into the tools the duo used to create the wet, crunchy thwocks of the film’s fight »

- Randall Colburn

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