Matthew Wood, Ren Klyce Interview: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ sound
“I’ve done a lot of these ‘Star Wars’ movies, and for me, it’s always a new challenge,” divulges sound editor Matthew Wood during our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above) about “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” This latest entry in the long-running franchise follows Rey (Daisy Ridley) as she continues to develop her newly discovered abilities under the guidance of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), who is troubled by her powers. Wood has worked on every “Star Wars” film in some capacity, including serving as supervising sound editor on the 2004 and 2011 re-releases of the original trilogy. He was excited to work with director Rian Johnson, who “brought such a love and lifeblood to the project, and came on really knowing what he wanted.”
He was also excited to work with sound designer Ren Klyce, who jumped headfirst into the series for the first time. “Obviously, the legacy of the sound design that already existed in ‘Star Wars’ exists,” he explains. “But all the new sounds that Rian had written into his script needed new sounds. So we decided I’d work on those sounds, and then Matthew would work on all the new dialogue, and we split it up like that.”
Wood received Best Sound Editing Oscar nominations for “There Will Be Blood” (2007), “Wall-E” (2008), and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (2015). Klyce has competed at the Academy Awards five times: Best Sound Effects Editing for “Fight Club” (1999), Best Sound Mixing for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (2008), Best Sound Mixing for “The Social Network” (2010), and Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing for “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (2011).