The sound design for sequences that will be drawn as if they were live-action shots will be a key to making the voyage an extraordinary one and to contributing emotion. We will draw upon a modern, contemporary sound design to play with feelings and expressions, using silence to create a dialogue with viewers. The idea is not really to create a sound design that follows the images or drawings, but to find a sound design that can transport us on a futuristic, spatial journey. Five centuries ago, Magellan’s voyage was a leap into the unknown that was as monumental as going into space is nowadays to find new habitable planets. The very goal of the Armada de Molucca was to conquer space… maritime and terrestrial space. Our sound design will therefore take us into unknown space much like a contemporary futuristic adventure.
To do so, we called upon sound designer Nicolas Becker, who has experience with this type of setting (First Contact, Gravity), and who was already captivated by the epic of Magellan and his men.
Original music will also support this. A blend of classical inspirations and postmodernist themes, supported by the electronic sounds of Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson, will be the main reference for the film’s soundtrack.