You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Chris Munro: A Filmmaker Who Specializes in Sound

Production sound mixer is Oscar-nommed for 'Gravity,' 'Captain Phillips'

“I don’t like to think of myself as a sound person who works in film,” says veteran production sound mixer Chris Munro. “I think it’s better to consider yourself a filmmaker who specializes in sound.”

Munro, a double Oscar-nominee in sound mixing for “Gravity” and “Captain Phillips,” has been well-served by this philosophy.

Munro’s work took him to extremes in 2013. “Captain Phillips” required work on nausea-inducing lifeboats with barebones equipment. For “Gravity,” he worked with sophisticated technology.

“On ‘Gravity’ we matched the breathing with Sandra (Bullock),” says Munro, who recorded Bullock’s breathing separately so it could be treated like dialogue. “We’d record her through the microphone you see in the shots and one hidden on her head, then play it back for her before she started the next scene so the rhythm would be consistent.”

Munro learned to focus on those kinds of details from his first film — Sam Peckinpah’s “Cross of Iron.”

“Great directors always want specific things like that and this year I was lucky to work with two of them,” says Munro.

More Film

  • get out Oscar Race

    'Get Out' Awards Category Dilemma: Film Defies Easy Labels, Cast Says

    “I don’t like to think of myself as a sound person who works in film,” says veteran production sound mixer Chris Munro. “I think it’s better to consider yourself a filmmaker who specializes in sound.” Munro, a double Oscar-nominee in sound mixing for “Gravity” and “Captain Phillips,” has been well-served by this philosophy. Munro’s work […]

  • Justice League

    Box Office: 'Justice League' Leads the Way With $37 Million at Chinese Box Office

    “I don’t like to think of myself as a sound person who works in film,” says veteran production sound mixer Chris Munro. “I think it’s better to consider yourself a filmmaker who specializes in sound.” Munro, a double Oscar-nominee in sound mixing for “Gravity” and “Captain Phillips,” has been well-served by this philosophy. Munro’s work […]

  • Producer Paula Wagner on Making Thurgood

    'Mission: Impossible' Producer Paula Wagner on Making Thurgood Marshall Movie

    “I don’t like to think of myself as a sound person who works in film,” says veteran production sound mixer Chris Munro. “I think it’s better to consider yourself a filmmaker who specializes in sound.” Munro, a double Oscar-nominee in sound mixing for “Gravity” and “Captain Phillips,” has been well-served by this philosophy. Munro’s work […]

  • Movie Biz Diversity Crisis: Industry Quantifies

    Movie Biz Attempts to Grapple With Diversity Crisis

    “I don’t like to think of myself as a sound person who works in film,” says veteran production sound mixer Chris Munro. “I think it’s better to consider yourself a filmmaker who specializes in sound.” Munro, a double Oscar-nominee in sound mixing for “Gravity” and “Captain Phillips,” has been well-served by this philosophy. Munro’s work […]

  • Justice League

    Box Office: 'Justice League' Stalls with $94 Million Opening Weekend

    “I don’t like to think of myself as a sound person who works in film,” says veteran production sound mixer Chris Munro. “I think it’s better to consider yourself a filmmaker who specializes in sound.” Munro, a double Oscar-nominee in sound mixing for “Gravity” and “Captain Phillips,” has been well-served by this philosophy. Munro’s work […]

  • 12th and Clairmount Movie Review

    Film Review: '12th and Clairmount'

    “I don’t like to think of myself as a sound person who works in film,” says veteran production sound mixer Chris Munro. “I think it’s better to consider yourself a filmmaker who specializes in sound.” Munro, a double Oscar-nominee in sound mixing for “Gravity” and “Captain Phillips,” has been well-served by this philosophy. Munro’s work […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content