Serving as a prequel to John Carpenter’s classic 1982 film of the same name, The Thing is director Matthijs Van Heijningen’s feature-film debut and comes from the producers of Dawn of the Dead and In Time. It opens October 14 through Universal Pictures. Sound for the new offering was overseen by co-supervising editors Scott Hecker and Elliott Koretz, and re-recorded on Universal Studios Sound’s Feature Mix Stage 6 by Jon Taylor covering dialogue and music, with Bob Beemer handling sound effects.
“The opportunity to work on The Thing was a sound designer’s dream,” Hecker emphasizes. “To create sound for this creature that takes so many forms was a huge and satisfying job. Atmospherically, we considered the winds, literally, as a character––what would the wind be saying right now? The film takes place in one location with just the wind; no birds, no traffic and no crickets.”
Koretz and Eric A. Norris oversaw sound effects design, with Rick Hromadka working with Hecker on creature sound effects design. Other crewmembers included supervising dialogue/ADR editor Thomas Jones, dialogue editor G.W. Brown, ADR editor James Simcik, Foley supervisor Derek Pippert, Foley editor Michael Dressel, and assistant sound editors Bruce Barris and Josephine Nericcio. Gary Hecker and Katherine Rose served as Foley artists, with Nerses Gezalyan as Foley mixer.