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In space or on the ocean, no one can hear you scream. Comparisons abound between solo adventures "Gravity" and "All Is Lost," but unlike space, the ocean is far from silent. So although J.C. Chandor's remarkable open-water survival thriller (starring a 77-year-old Robert Redford boldly stepping out of his comfort zone) is virtually dialogue-free, the director was totally on board with making the sound design a driving narrative force.  That was up to supervising sound editors Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns of Skywalker Sound. "Selfishly, I thought this was a great opportunity for sound to play an important role without having to convince the director," admits Boeddeker ("Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Seven"), who also served as the film's sound designer/re-recording mixer. "J.C. said he wanted very little dialogue and almost no music. He wanted to use them as punctuation marks so that the story was told with acting, »

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