'Deepwater Horizon': How the Sound Team Put Viewers on the Oil Rig

September 30, 2016 2:31 PM

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'Deepwater Horizon': How the Sound Team Put Viewers on the Oil Rig

The sound team on Deepwater Horizon, Peter Berg’s account of the 2010 oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, which opens Friday, focused on realism starting with extensive research that even came down to examining the procedures involved on the rig that were featured in the story.

“Our goal was always to involve the ear of the audience in the characters and how involved, difficult and engaging the mission of oil exploration can become,” says the film’s seven-time Oscar nominated sound designer Wylie Stateman. “After all, the story of the Deepwater Horizon is not so much one o...

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