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Using Sound to Convey the Surprisingly Fantastical World of ‘Room’

Room focuses on two captives, a mother and her five-year-old son, who live in an 11×11 space which, for the boy, takes on a wondrous quality despite the grim reality. Conveying that was a challenge for the film’s sound production.

“There is a harsh reality to this world that we as the audience see, but Jack’s experience is more fantastical. So that was an interesting sound challenge,” says supervising sound editor/supervising ADR and dialogue editor Niall Brady to Sound and Picture. “When in doubt, we would just remember that this is from Jack’s POV. What is he experiencing? What is the world delivering to him? That was a very helpful indicator of the POV.”