Meet The Man Who Makes The Sounds For White Walkers & Wights On ‘Game Of Thrones’ | Movies Insider

Meet The Man Who Makes The Sounds For White Walkers & Wights On ‘Game Of Thrones’ | Movies Insider


Narrator: This is Tim Kimmel, the supervising sound
editor on “Game of Thrones.” Not only is he the voice behind some of the show’s
wights and White Walkers, but through a process
of mixing and layering, he helped create the stuff of nightmares for the people of Westeros
and viewers at home. Warning: Spoilers are coming. Kimmel has been working on the show since the start of season three. In fact, he won an Emmy for his work in the episode “Hardhome.” He and the sound team
had to bend a few rules to get them to make the
sound in the first place. For example, creatures
like this with no skin and likely no vocal chords
probably shouldn’t be able to make any sound at all. – Well, if it comes at you quietly, it doesn’t really have the same impact, especially some of these
straight-up skeletons. They don’t have vocal chords. So, you know, we sometimes
would try to lean away from the wights that were so
rotted away with no flesh. We talked about the sounds
that they’d be making. They’d have vocal chords
that are kind of shredded. Narrator: The sounds they did give them came from a variety of places, and Kimmel has an especially personal
connection with the wights. Some of the sounds the wights made actually came directly from him. The sound, as he describes it, came from the back of his throat. After enough distorting
in the editing room, it sounds more like this. You could also hear him doing the sound of Wun Wun the giant. – I’ll admit, I’m a big metalhead. I grew up in the ’80s, so
it is sort of a metal yell. It’s a (roaring) kind of yell. Narrator: And with the wight giant, they used the same sound elements but with a grittier feel to it. But it’s not just Kimmel’s voice in there. If you listen carefully, you
might hear some animal sounds. Some of the most vicious
sounds coming from the wights were actually sounds of dogs that were manipulated and tweaked enough that you couldn’t tell they
were dog sounds originally. And that wight that Jon Snow
smuggled into King’s Landing to show Cersei in season seven was actually making the
sounds of a bear cub. A lot of work happens in postproduction to make sure this… will sound like this. More on this scene in a bit. After years of work, many sounds are saved in a vast digital library and reused. However, the sounds they used
and the sounds the creatures make would still change
depending on the scene. – It has to do with what they
look like, what they’re doing. As they’re just walking
or slowly attacking, they don’t make much
sounds, but as they start to really attack, the
more aggressive ones, we’ll go with a more aggressive sound. A lot of it has to be story-driven. If there’s one that’s right
on top of a main character that you’re worried is gonna kill them, we’ll find the most
aggressive one we can find and really make the viewer
worry, “Oh no, this is it.” It helps compel that
story a little bit more. Narrator: The more
aggressive the creatures, the more aggressive the
sounds they use will get. You can’t talk about
the sounds of the wights and White Walkers without
discussing how they move. Much of the movements
are done through Foley, a process in which real objects are used to create sounds of living creatures interacting with the world. When it comes to their
movement, they start bare bones, literally, as a lot of the
wights are nothing but skeletons. They used real bones and ceramic objects, but you’ll also hear a lot
of other sounds at play in any given scenes where the undead army is scurrying around. – A lot of those wights were soldiers, and they’d have some armor
still hanging off of them or some leather hanging off of them, so we also incorporate that
and incorporate some of the flesh sounds a little bit
and a little bit of cloth. Just so it’s not just bones, just to, it gives it a little more depth. Narrator: The further
the show has moved along, the more wights they’ve had to deal with. When Kimmel first started
working on the show, they were making sound for
just a handful of them. On the other hand, the
Battle of Winterfell saw the North face off against an army of thousands of wights and White Walkers. During this battle, they were dealing with hundreds of different sounds at once. One of the biggest challenges
was capturing sound that really gave the audience the feel of the scope of this army. As the North’s army waited
for the undead to approach, it had to be very quiet at first and then get progressively
louder as they crept closer and closer to the city’s walls. – You had to get as big as
you can for that first wave, so it just feels huge, but
what was tricky in the shot was that first wave hits, and then you get to a reaction shot of the
other part of the army, and then there’s a second
wave that comes in, so if you go too big on the first wave, you don’t feel the second
wave, so you had to find a way to feel big but still
have room to get even bigger. Narrator: But surprisingly,
the hardest moments for Kimmel and his team
came not when dealing with armies but when dealing
with a single wight on screen. Back to that scene where Jon brings a wight into King’s Landing. – Usually when these wights are going, there’s a lot of stuff to hide behind. There’s other battle things, and so it’s not as out in the open, so you can kinda do more with it and get away with little cheats, but this thing was on its own. It needed to be scary. Narrator: The thing that made the wights and White Walkers truly
terrifying throughout their run wasn’t just the sounds they made but also the ones they didn’t make. In an early appearance in
season two, you can hear a White Walker speak in
Skroth, their native tongue. This was then abandoned
in later appearances. Kimmel also pointed out
that in early appearances, the Night King would open
his mouth and show his teeth. – I think they just found
him more intimidating to just be there with a
straight look on his face. He’s just standing there confident. You don’t know what he’s gonna
do or what he’s capable of. Narrator: Sometimes, no sound is the scariest sound of all.

100 thoughts to “Meet The Man Who Makes The Sounds For White Walkers & Wights On ‘Game Of Thrones’ | Movies Insider”

  1. watching this vid made me wanna mimic the sound of the wights and so i did and my mom thought i was possessed lol

  2. Impeccable 👏👏👐👐
    So when he creates these sounds and they are saved in a sound bank, whenever anyone wanna use it guess they gotta pay huh! Wow..
    Could this be sound engineering?? 🤔

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  4. In the books, the white walkers talk and their voice sound like the cracking of ice on a winter lake ! chills!

  5. AND THEN! WE just killed him off and there was no wrap up for anything that led up to the Night King's death.

  6. Kudos to him but he didn't create the stuff of nightmares cause the writers showed us how those supposedly scary monsters mean nothing against a ninja's teleportation skills.

  7. Jeez, the damn show is done. Most were disappointed with the final season and most of all, that last episode. But they cannot stop trying to milk a dead cow. Enough already. When do we get to meet the man responsible for shoveling the turds throughout the series? That's the guy I want to meet.

  8. I am so disappointed with the last seasons of got that I am watching every single video on yt to find out more about this show, I must admit that a lot of people involved did awesome job thank you. If only the story was more like that from first seasons

  9. The narrator's voice is a bit annoying. You don't have to emphasize or make every word have a dramatic tone.

  10. The most common sound I hear out of whites in my neighborhood is them telling me about the organic fruit & flax seed smoothie they had after going for a run this morning.

  11. It would have been better if the knight king can actually….. talk

    Instead of just attacking winterfell, having a mind of his own and actually interacting with the main characters (except bran i guess) could have made a better character development and plot

  12. "The wights that are rotted to bones probably have no vocal cords" They also have no tendons, ligaments, or connective tissue, meaning they should be a pile of bones with no ability to move

  13. I stopped liking or caring about anything about this show way before I dropped it (aka in s4, but I stopped giving a shit around the first half of season 2 and just stuck with it to see if it got better which unlikely it never did for me) but the VFX work, costumes, coloring and all the technical stuff that was done for it deserves my respect. Just like I don't really care for the Hobbit movies but the level of maniacal detail and technical care put into it is something that should be honored. Let's not forget about the artistry of the people we don't see on screen but that still make the movies and shows we love what they are.

  14. Can someone explain how did the Dothraki end up coming back to life after the white walkers pretty much killed them all?

  15. As all the white walkers stood there like putzes doing absolutely nothing while their boss got shanked.

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