At The Playlist, Christopher Bell has highlights from the talk Darren Aronofsky gave last night at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the culmination of a retrospective of his pre-“Black Swan” work. Particularly of interest is the explanation of the film’s unique sound design:
Many sound effects in the picture were a manipulation of a swan’s cry.
We all knew that Darren often employed sound in a much more effective way than most modern American directors do, an example being Rourke’s character walking from the grocery store back to the deli counter to the rousing, cheering crowd of a wrestling match. Call this something we didn’t catch the first (or third) time around, but it turns out certain ordinary sound effects have an interesting creation point, giving them an eerie aura. “Most of the sounds in this film are manipulated swan sound. Everything from a flushing a toilet, subway… a swan noise… Sound is what takes it to the next level, I always make it part of that collaboration in filmmaking.”
Also in there — he and his editor apparently make fun of all the performances when editing: “I’d lose all trust of actors if they knew what I said.”