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Watch: ‘Star Wars’ Sound Effect Secrets Include Voicing ‘Porgs’ With Chickens

By Mikelle Leow, 21 Feb 2018


Image via Stefano Buttafoco / Shutterstock.com

The Force behind Star Wars’ sound effects isn’t all that clear to see: the rolling echoes of ‘BB-8’ are created using two metal bowls from IKEA, and the screeching noises of ‘Porgs’ are basically sped-up ‘chicken’ soundtracks.

In this video, ABC News explores the audio magic of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. It centers supervising sound editor Matthew Wood, whose résumé—which he sent out at the age of 16—caught the eye of the franchise’s creators in 1990.

Starting out as a video game tester, Wood worked his way into becoming supervising sound editor at renowned production company Skywalker Sound. He now leads a team of gifted, highly creative sound artists.

“Sound is an emotion, like a subconscious force,” he told ABC News. “You hear it and it’s a pure feeling. And we can get away with a lot of different things that can convey emotion that visuals can’t.”

Fair warning: you might want to watch this intriguing 26-minute documentary only after you’ve caught The Last Jedi, as it’s rife with spoilers.

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Video screenshot via ABC News


Video screenshot via ABC News


Video screenshot via ABC News


Composite image by DesignTAXI. Background video screenshots via ABC News


[via Mashable, video and screenshots via ABC News, cover image via Stefano Buttafoco / Shutterstock.com]
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