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Wylie Stateman (‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ sound editor) on letting music set the tone for audio design [Exclusive Video Interview]

Wylie Stateman (‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ sound editor) on letting music set the tone for audio design [Exclusive Video Interview]

Supervising sound editor Wylie Stateman explains that Quentin Tarantino‘s process “is really about working with music, and allowing that to inform” his filmmaking. That’s especially true of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” which the director imagined as being “set to music” throughout. Watch our exclusive video interview with Stateman above.

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Set in 1969 Hollywood, the Sony release follows the adventures of a TV actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) and stunt double (Brad Pitt) whose lives fatefully intersect with the Manson Family. “The music really sets a voice for the film that’s critical in setting the period,” says Stateman of the immersive soundtrack. “We worked around that and gave design elements a chance to bring in music, bring out music, or just fill the gaps where a song wouldn’t have been appropriate.”

One particular scene in which

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