Lucasfilm Turns SF Bridge Into Sound Effects Studio
The studio of Star Wars fame uses caverns under San Francisco Bay to create unique audio recordings for films.
Between now and its opening on Labor Day 2013, the new span of the multibillion dollar San Francisco Bay Bridge has been turned into a sound-effects generator unlike any other.
Skywalker Sound, the audio division of Lucasfilm that is famous for such films as the Star Wars series, has joined in a partnership with the California Department of Transportation to create audio impressions of the bridge.
Crawling into one of the concrete pillars sunk beneath the San Francisco Bay, the Skywalker Sound team is firing blanks from a pistol inside the cavernous structure to record a sonic impulse response, or an audio impression. The California Department of Transportation is looking for another way to preserve the legacy of the bridge, through sonic imaging and acoustics. Skywalker, which is owned by Disney since their purchase of Lucasfilm this past October, is using the recordings to build their audio database for future films and other projects.