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Sound Masters: The Social Network


In 2010, the dream team of David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin created their tell-all film behind the invention of the world’s largest social media platform, Facebook. The Social Network stars Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg and goes into the gritty, betrayal-filled backstory that was kept relatively secret for so long. The film was praised for its screenplay and editing, winning Academy Awards in those categories as well as in music. The score, written by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross of Nine Inch Nails, was incredibly ambient and a changeup from the current pace of pounding, Hans Zimmer-esque instrumentals.


The music accepted a lot of responsibility of the sound design by providing the constant drones and beds throughout. This meant the sound team really got to focus on the foley art, as well as creating clear edits and mixes of the sound. In today’s clip, you hear how much effort is put into both the foley and the environments they’re in. The sound is placed perfectly in the scene and in distance and volume, allowing the audience to get the full experience without overpowering Sorkin’s masterful script and dialogue. Today, on the 10th anniversary of The Social Network, we celebrate the film that warned against the underlying toxicity of social media from the beginning.

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