“12 Years a Slave”
Keeping the Aud on the Hook
Sound Mixing: Leslie Shatz & Ryan Collins, re-recording mixers; Kirk Francis, production sound mixer
Sound Editing: Ryan Collins & Robert C. Jackson, supervising sound editors
“We wanted something that wouldn’t let the audience off the hook, that would make them part of what happened,” says sound re-recording mixer Leslie Shatz. Still, helmer Steve McQueen didn’t want overdone sound, Shatz says. “The visuals are so strong so we tried to be subtle even with this subject matter.” Shatz was moved by the hymns sung in the film since they were “a desperate attempt” to cope with enslavement.