Inception Sound FX

I’ve always been a big fan of quality audio and here is a great video that highlights what goes into such amazing sound. And if sound doesn’t get you excited, there are some really cool guns around 4 minutes too!

August 17th, 2010 @ 5:15 pm
Dude that is awesome like always...but I didn't like inception all that much. I mean it was okay but just way too long.
ibrahim mohammed
August 17th, 2010 @ 5:16 pm
hey, that sound grt. we need stuff like this. I used observe the movie sound before but slowly draged towards the video side. You made me to rethink about the sound again. cheers
August 17th, 2010 @ 5:16 pm
I loved inception it was such a mind twister and Chris Nolan did a fantastic job on that movie much like the Dark Knight!
August 17th, 2010 @ 5:17 pm
I watched inception great effects and like you said great sound.
August 17th, 2010 @ 5:22 pm
cody doesn't seem to like real movies
August 17th, 2010 @ 5:26 pm
cool, i learned something! Thanks, man!
August 17th, 2010 @ 5:30 pm
Andrew bro where you was been i missed you a lot bro i have been waiting for anything thing you post just to tell us you alright

i have out question for you bro : there an account on face book iam not sure if it yours
and Sam have one too and iam not sure about both i guess so them fake mean some one use your name or something

and in finish big grating for you and don't get late all of that again

From ; Egypt
August 17th, 2010 @ 5:30 pm
Awesome, I'm definitely going to have to try shooting sound at different perspectives and blending it, sounds like a great idea!
August 17th, 2010 @ 5:38 pm
hey just wanted to ask u andrew why dont u do more tutorials? i was just wondering if u could do one on how to make fireworks using after effects? please do a new tutorial we can all use please!
August 17th, 2010 @ 5:51 pm
The disintegrating dream layers were really raw and not very impactful.
Together they were WAY more than a simple sum of the parts.
I think there was a good audio engineeing textbook lesson there someplace...

I'd like to have the money just in those blimps and zepplins in my pocket right now too.
August 17th, 2010 @ 5:58 pm
sounds cool!.. :) pros are different aren't they? they think lot's of things and introduce much more realistic fun.. Hey Andrew, additionally, why don't you give us homework like stuff to do for blog shows or forum or another topic in your site.. and publish the best of 2 or 3 in your site every other week? reels or subject belong to you, doing homework belong to us. I thought this may be a different angle look for teaching...
August 17th, 2010 @ 5:58 pm
thank you ?ive been waiting for so long time for somthing from you.
August 17th, 2010 @ 5:59 pm
I dont care who disagrees with me, but I think INCEPTION was THE best movie made in the last 15 years. This movie will become a classic in years to come.
August 17th, 2010 @ 6:02 pm
Ran into this couple days ago thought it would be related.
August 17th, 2010 @ 6:02 pm
Yea Grant...
He's Right, do some more tutorials.. or tips to make something we could all use =)
August 17th, 2010 @ 6:03 pm
Its amazing how they used whale sounds!
Allen Zayden
August 17th, 2010 @ 6:10 pm
awesome movie with awesome sounds and music!
August 17th, 2010 @ 6:19 pm
was really blown away by the soundtrack of this movie. amazing! so was the film
August 17th, 2010 @ 6:29 pm
Great find Andrew, I haven't seen Inception yet but this has made me even more anxious. So much effort and time goes to make some wicked sounds. :)
August 17th, 2010 @ 6:38 pm
Great video! Thank you for posting, I have some friends who would really enjoy this.
August 17th, 2010 @ 6:47 pm
A little off topic but the intro title was amazing! Any hints?
August 17th, 2010 @ 6:52 pm
Totally agree. It's quite difficult to get both the sound and mood just right. Lots of talent went into this movie. Even looked for your name in the end titles.
August 17th, 2010 @ 7:27 pm
Inception is such a cool movie.
August 17th, 2010 @ 7:36 pm
we need more about videocopilot.we had been waiting since long time
thank u for everything
August 17th, 2010 @ 7:39 pm
Thats amazing you know what else is amazing about the sound design in that movie? Its the score it you listen to the opening piece and then speed it up it the song the characters use to time up the drops in the dreams just amazing!

Take a listen here!
Some Guy
August 17th, 2010 @ 7:43 pm
Thanks Andrew for this video. I was talking about sound design and the importance of it to enhance the visuals just an hour ago. And I loved Inception.

And thanks to TT for that YouTube video. This movie has so much stuff to talk about.
August 17th, 2010 @ 7:49 pm
Do some AE tuts based on the effects of Inception>
August 17th, 2010 @ 8:17 pm
Sound design and music is one of the most important things in movies. It can drastically change the mood of a scene and bring VFX to life. I'll always go back to Lord of the Rings for having an just about everything.

In the special features for Return of the King, I really enjoy where they give you two versions of when smeagol murders his friend. One with music and one with random sounds which end working way better. (a horse, a heart beat, whispers, etc.)

also another movie I don't think got enough credit in the sound department was the new Terminator. Wasn't enough to make it better but was by far my favorite part.
August 17th, 2010 @ 8:36 pm
Incption was so awesome! Really confusing at first, but really awesome! It had a great score! Hanz Zimmer really does a nice score. I like to edit to the score of the dark knight.
Hey Andrew, what did you think of inception?
August 17th, 2010 @ 8:58 pm
Can't thank you enough for posting this Andrew! This is just plain amazing. Allot of people don't understand what kind and the amount of work that goes into movies like this.

I haven't seen the movie yet, but what was the masters take on it? (Yes Andrew this means you)
Anthony Herrington
August 17th, 2010 @ 9:06 pm
Hands down, the sound made the movie for me... I had to buy the soundtrack the day after I saw the movie.
August 17th, 2010 @ 9:20 pm
Inception is one of the better movies I've ever seen. However, while I respect the sound effects, what really blew me away was the soundtrack. Hans Zimmer did a bang up job, and ever since I saw the movie I've been listening to it on a regular basis.
August 17th, 2010 @ 9:27 pm
its really awesome... keep up d good work andrew and videocopilot. ive learn a lot from u.
August 17th, 2010 @ 9:34 pm
It was a spinning hallway! My brother seemed convinced it was just really good wire work!
Marçal Solé
August 17th, 2010 @ 10:36 pm
Sound design is so important and exciting. Thxs for sharing this.
August 17th, 2010 @ 10:40 pm
So those are whale songs!!! I was looking forward to know what does sounds where made of! I though it was the siren of a transatlantic or something cause it sounded like it! Thanks for sharing AK!
August 17th, 2010 @ 11:35 pm
the inception soundtrack (and the trailer song)
were perfect to chop up and sample
peep the beat i made wit it all
August 17th, 2010 @ 10:49 pm
Great find Andrew. Music makes films. Without them, you lose a dimension of the story and I heard the soundtrack for Inception was great! Can't wait to see it but I heard many great reviews. I also Ike the idea for homework as this keeps us in AE when we aren't doing other projects or working on other things.
August 18th, 2010 @ 12:10 am
Andrew we need new PRO SCORES!!!:)))
August 18th, 2010 @ 12:24 am
I like how the proscores ad is right next to this posting, just in case we feel inspired.
August 18th, 2010 @ 1:10 am
That video was truly inspiring and interesting to see what they did to change the movie's sound effects and making the film seem unreal and unstable! Nice one Andrew, THANKS! :D
August 18th, 2010 @ 2:01 am
Thank you for the share Andrew, it's amazing how large the production of just one movie is! I also noticed the Designer Sound FX in the closing logo, coincidence? o.O
August 18th, 2010 @ 2:02 am
I likeeed the sound =)
And the film was so .. nice! It was the bets film I´ve seen yet...
August 18th, 2010 @ 2:08 am
I love these abstract movies so much!
And the soundtrack is perfect, isnt it?

The strings at the end sounds like Fringe !?

Cool stuff!
August 18th, 2010 @ 2:14 am
Inception had amazin' sound! The movie is jus' really cool!!!
Thanx Andrew!
August 18th, 2010 @ 2:23 am
I already seen the trailer :D I can't wait, this movie will be released at september in Italy... Very awesome stuff... I already use Sony Vegas for my video and now I am going to use After Effects too. I am looking for any way to use Sony Vegas and After Effects to editing the same video and obtain very nice fx and others... VIDEO COPILOT win !!! xD
August 18th, 2010 @ 2:45 am
Thanks for sharing this with us!
August 18th, 2010 @ 2:47 am
Great little video. Would have loved some more indepth explanations on more of the sounds in the movie, but it's nice to see that most of it was real organic production audio.
August 18th, 2010 @ 3:02 am
Awesome movie, brilliant sound and visual effects
August 18th, 2010 @ 3:14 am
I N C E P T I O N !
August 18th, 2010 @ 3:33 am
Inception is one of the best sounding films I have seen
August 18th, 2010 @ 4:50 am
It so cool who they record a computer generated sound in order that it sounds more natural/organic. I really enjoyed the movie Inception!
August 18th, 2010 @ 5:11 am
hey andrew!!! ur back!!
i am just wondering if they make all this effects with after u know something???
August 18th, 2010 @ 5:54 am
I swear, I hate the people who beg andrew to make new tutorials, hes got over 100 of them, you'd think you'd learn something but all you do is watch tutorials copy them and wait for the next one to come out, how about actually trying to open up after effects by your self and create something thats your own. Just a thought
August 18th, 2010 @ 6:03 am
That's how I work on my soundtracks. Combine all kinds of sounds to get the right feel.
I use the ZOOM h4n,to make outside recordings of whatever there is, the quality's awesome. it also is a 4 track recorder.

Andrew, did you get my apply for your music producer / sound designer request?
August 18th, 2010 @ 6:23 am
I enjoy sound designing more than anything else .. Thanks AK ;)
August 18th, 2010 @ 6:43 am
Inception, a amazing film with great VFX and SFX.
August 18th, 2010 @ 7:00 am
Just thought I'd ask before watching; I haven't seen the movie yet, but plan to do so. Is there any spoilers to the story in this video?
August 18th, 2010 @ 7:12 am
Thx for info sir andrew :)
mb editor
August 18th, 2010 @ 7:40 am
thank you ?ive been waiting for so long time for somthing from you.
August 18th, 2010 @ 7:49 am
Is there a tutorial in the works for the cafe scene on the street with everything blowing up around them?
My first watch of Inception, I thought it would be awesome for VCP to walk through a way of doing something like that.
August 18th, 2010 @ 8:46 am
That movie was so epic!!!! I really would like to get more into the sound for my test films and hopefully a real film. I purchased pro-scores but i do not have vegas but i have garage band is that still ok to use?
August 18th, 2010 @ 9:26 am
one of the most memorable moments of the film, for me, was the sound of the guy hitting his head on the windshield (when they first enter the city). only got better from there. plus those trombones in the main score, bwow!
August 18th, 2010 @ 9:49 am
Whats sound programm they used ???
August 18th, 2010 @ 12:39 pm
Awesome that you posted this! I did the motion design for the final title plate for the Sound Works logo. Oh yeah, and the sounds stuff is pretty neat too.
August 18th, 2010 @ 12:48 pm
Sounds were amazing.
August 18th, 2010 @ 2:38 pm
@ Fredrik

No there's no spoilers in this video. However there is a little explosion scene, which is seen in trailers and TV spots.

Your safe to watch it.
August 18th, 2010 @ 11:26 pm
AweSome!! Nice Sir Andrew!
August 18th, 2010 @ 11:55 pm
Best Film and Sound by far!
August 19th, 2010 @ 3:51 am
It's funny that alot of people don't pay attention to sound effects...They want to have a big tv but they don't care about a good soundsystem to hear the cool stuff^^
August 19th, 2010 @ 4:40 am
I thought that there is a new soundcollection in the near future... it would be cool to customise swishes, swushes dark and deep sounds... to give a project what it needs...
Peter Kreitner
August 19th, 2010 @ 12:37 pm
BEST MOVIE EVER!!! :) The real dream!
August 19th, 2010 @ 1:51 pm
i learned allot
August 19th, 2010 @ 5:19 pm
So dope!!

Check out the score and sound fx I did for a demo Salt trailer!
August 20th, 2010 @ 2:42 am
the intro is awesome
i hope u could do a similar tutorial
August 20th, 2010 @ 6:18 am
Thanks once again for sharing. I found it very interesting.

A few weeks ago I was listening to a radio program where there was a discussion regarding layering sounds in movie making, in particular building tension using sounds.

There was a reference made to a duel scene in Kubrick's move, Barry Lindon. In this scene , Kubrick wanted to highlight tension and the absurdity of the duel which occurs inside a barn.

The main sound elements in this scene were a male voice, a slight echo, the murmur of pigeons, and of course the music (Hendel-Sarabande Duel). Secondary sounds included the loading and firing of pistols.

Now my first introduction to this scene was via a radio program, so there were no visuals which drove the message regarding the relationships between all the sounds as a technique used in sound composting right home. So I suggest that if you are interested in listening this via the following link, do so (at first) without watching the You tube video. Here it is:

This is far low key than the example Andrew Kramer has given us, but nonetheless interesting in my opinion. I thought I should share.

An interview with Kubrick regarding the film:
August 20th, 2010 @ 7:47 am

Did you find your sound guy yet? Does this give us a clue to what you are working on for your next product?

I come from the Audio world with 18 years of studio engineering experience and all but worship the art of sound. I would love to see and hear a collection of SFX from you guys. I already have your first collection.
Hope we are going to be hearing about a new collection soon.

August 20th, 2010 @ 11:07 am
every sound lover should see the need for speed hot pursuit e3 trailer! with the marilyn manson tainted love song and a great sound quality...
August 20th, 2010 @ 9:39 pm
Hi all, I do not about who can create such an effect I tried to create a tape which is holding the robot and make it into a hand but nothing could be done ((( I would like to attach it to this video Efecta And I want to ask how to replace in the sky, I found a video tutorial but there is a place for the sky using a photo, and I to video format PAL.
August 21st, 2010 @ 1:55 am
Yeah ! IT ROCKS !
other nice videos @ :
August 21st, 2010 @ 4:22 am
Hey, i don't know if it is a coincidence but i decided to go to the cinema first time in like 2 months to see this one, and the next day you guys are posting this :D. Anyways, i liked that film so freaking much, but i rather payed attention to the effects than to the soundtrack there :) I strongy advice to have a look @ this film!
Luther Hadley
August 21st, 2010 @ 8:28 am
I love this movie ..
August 21st, 2010 @ 1:34 pm
Hi Andrew
I am your fan. Just as I was wondering whether you did for us a tutorial how to make a fantastic sound effects. And one more thing. This is also a greeting from SLOVAKIA! I think I probably only in our small country.
P.S. 15 years
August 21st, 2010 @ 3:12 pm
I like the movie and I like the making off 2

thanks Video Copilot and thanks to Andrew Kramer 2
August 22nd, 2010 @ 1:25 am
did you make this trailer?..or SFX?
I really like the Inception anyway...great job chief!!
August 22nd, 2010 @ 1:27 am
I love Inceptions very much..
great job chief!!!
Charlie Brown
August 22nd, 2010 @ 5:35 pm
Good gosh, I don't think any one would put that much work into one of my movies...
August 22nd, 2010 @ 7:55 pm
Man I wish I sent you a resume, I am a pro-sound engineer, and I saw your post, and feel like I am he perfect person for sound. I have been doing sound for 10 years, and went to school for it and everything. I have NO IDEA why I did not send you a resume, I have done surround sound scores, commercials, music, beats, jingles. This video was awesome, and makes me feel at home, and I would love to be like those guys, and think I should look for work at a post house, or mabey somewhere that they do foley and ADR. I need to go to LA. Andrew you are the man, wish I could work for you. But I procrastinated and feel like you prob got 1000 resumes already. Life goes on
August 23rd, 2010 @ 3:05 am
Awesome stuff, you put up the best links!

A recently got into a show called "Top Shot" on the history channel and i was wondering: the intro title, where the bullet pierces the wood title with the sound FXs, the debris, and the overall style, is that your work?
August 23rd, 2010 @ 9:49 am
Very creative,but i am still not amazed...Because i know we still can do alot better.
shrek 2
August 23rd, 2010 @ 12:33 pm
Inception is the best movie I've seen this year!
Andrew, thank you for sharing this interesting video.
August 27th, 2010 @ 11:17 am
We need MOAR sound designing tutorial !!!
August 30th, 2010 @ 11:33 pm
I remember taking a film class in high school and as a final project one of the students in this class did a paper/presentation on the importance of sound effects and the score with in any movie. . . it surprised me greatly when he showed a scene from one of his favorite motion pictures for example and turned the volume to nil. As it wouldn't really shock anyone who has ever used the mute button, its very surprising when paying full attention to a film knowing the audible art is missing. Thanks for sharing this short documentary with us!
September 6th, 2010 @ 5:32 pm
Its a great movie its the type of movie that you need to put attention to understand the final.but i think that in the final its a dream because the Cloth of His sons are the same in all the movie
September 17th, 2010 @ 3:18 pm
How could I have missed this.. this video has opened my eyes! When I left the theatre, the one thought that stayed with more than anything was how amazing the sound FX/ design in this movie was. It's amazing that they combine the strangest and bizarre sounds to achieve the greatest effects!

Andrew, I watched an interview of yours where you said you wanted to make a sound library aims specifically at action movies. I really hope you get around to it, because it would be a welcomed addition to the great Action Essentials and Lens Flairs.
October 6th, 2010 @ 2:12 pm
This just reminds me of how much I want to see this again. So good!
October 10th, 2010 @ 5:19 am
could u do make some sound fx similar to the ones here like the bass sounds? and make a collection on the web site and sell them
February 27th, 2011 @ 11:21 pm
And you're right Andrew!
academy award proves it!
Inception indeed won Best Mixing and Sound Editing!
May 20th, 2011 @ 10:51 pm
Could you do a blog or video on how to record audio outdoors, indoors and other techniques you use and stuff.
June 14th, 2011 @ 12:17 am
This is probably the most satisfying and thrilling movie I have ever seen. The quality of it is amazing, and I truly love the distorted physics they have created in Inception. Fantastic!
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