Sound design is one of the most magical jobs in Hollywood. It may not be quite as sexy as VFX or stunt coordinators, but it’s often the sound design of a film that really dictates the line between amateur and professional films. Also, there’s a special kind of intimacy that sound designers have with audiences, shaping their childhoods and perception without them even noticing.
Of course, we can point to famous sound designer Ben Burtt, known for the voice of Wall-E and the countless sound effects that populate the Star Wars universe. If you’ve seen any documentaries, it’s clear that he can use virtually anything and transform it into a memorable sound effect. The same can now be said of sound designer Paula Fairfield, who works on Game of Thrones.
As it turns out, the work done to bring the Ice Dragon’s vocals to life came from a group of drunken fans, as one fan told WinterIsComing.net. At Con of Thrones, a group of friends befriended Fairfield, and she later used their vocals to incorporate them into the Ice Dragon’s cries (along with a bunch of other effects, of course). Here’s what the fan told the outlet:
“We just, like, took an evening, drank a f**k-ton of gin and screamed our hearts out, and sent ’em off. And then she came and watched the finale with us, she never told us what it was for. And then when it was all over, she leaned over and was like, ‘You guys are the ice dragon.'”
So I guess that’s one way to have yourself immortalized in a TV show.
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