Hollywood wags who warned that shooting nearly all of the megapic “Waterworld” on the unpredictable Hawaiian waters would be among the film’s biggest challenges are now talking about the film’s postproduction, specifically the sound editing.
Some sound buffs say that getting it right in post will prove to be an even bigger challenge than lensing on the water.
“When you shoot on the water, you’re fighting the elements – waves, ripples, wind,” not to mention the tabloid TV helicopters that hovered over the “Waterworld” shoot, said one source familiar with the production. “In the editing room, you’re fighting all those things again.”
Sources said there are few ways to disguise the creaking and moaning sounds that were made as the cast and crew members moved along the 1,000 ton floating metal atoll set. The sounds caused by generators and other equipment didn’t help the cause.
Added one vet sound mixer: “It may prove to be the most difficult yet.”
“Yes, it is demanding sound-wise,” said a production source. “It’s definitely complicated, but certainly not impossible.”
Much of the garbled dialogue and ambient sounds are currently being remedied on the looping stage to make way for the film’s late July release.