A new clip for the highly anticipated Dune presents John Brolin training Timothée Chalamet, along with some impressive sound design.
Dune, which will have its global debut on September 3 at the Venice International Film Festival, is directed by the visionary Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Sicario, Arrival, Blade Runner 2049) and is based on the 1965 science fiction novel by Frank Herbert. The story follows heir Paul Atreides (Chalamet), a young man who accepts the stewardship of the dangerous desert planet Arrakis (a.k.a Dune), which also contains the most valuable substance in the universe known as the "spice". In the new clip, Brolin's Gurney Halleck, a veteran soldier who is Paul Atreides' weapons teacher, is trying to train the young man to defend himself against the enemies that await.
Speaking with Vanity Fair, Villeneuve discusses the character of Paul and his relationship with those around him, describing him as a person who is still trying to find his place in the world. Villeneuve adds that Paul is a kid who has been surrounded by adults his entire life. "There’s a little bit of a Three Musketeers thing about Dune where we have teachers around him that are very alpha male… They are Paul’s only friends. Paul was raised as a kid surrounded by adults who are teaching him," Villeneuve claims.
Other than the instant chemistry that Chalamet and Brolin possess in these roles, hinted at in the new clip, the footage also offers a glimpse at some impressive sound design/VFX work. While training, Chalamet and Brolin each have their own protective shield/armor known as the Holtzman shield, which turns on with a click of a button. Theo Green, the film's supervising sound designer and sound editor, states, “One of the great things that Denis allowed us to do was to start the ball rolling with sound and then have the VFX team look at what we have, listen to what we were doing, and start their first iterations of what we thought the shield should look like."
Green claims that the raw ingredient for the body shield's sound originated from automatic gunfire, which was then filtered out. Fellow supervising editor Mark A. Mangini says that every sound that was created for Dune started with an organic recording of something real that would hopefully contribute to creating a believable world/universe. As for the flashing lights and colors that are seen on the protective shields, the VFX team devised a plan that would give the flashing lights some sort of meaning. “There are blue flashes that the shield gives off, but that shimmering red means it is about to be breached," Green says.
Just from watching a 30-second clip, there's no doubt that this one scene hints at the groundbreaking world that Villeneuve and the whole team have created. When looking at the director’s filmography, it’s no surprise that he is able to take the weighty source material from the novel and successfully translate that to the big screen. Every meticulous detail will surely contribute to an immersive theatrical experience for the Dune audience.
Dune is set to release in theatres and for streaming on HBO MAX on October 22, 2021.
Source: Vanity Fair