The Screen Room
Sound Designer, Ben Burtt Explains How the Lightsaber Sound Was Made for Star Wars
It’s amazing the amount of thought and work that goes into so many of the things we take for granted in films.
For instance, in Star Wars how many of you have ever thought, “I wonder where the sound of Chewbacca’s voice came from?” (It’s a combination of Bear, Walrus, Lion, Badger and sick animal sounds). Or “I wonder how they came up with the sound of the blasters?” (it’s the cable of an AM radio transmitter tower being hit with a hammer).
Finding all of the sound effects for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) was the job of one man, Ben Burtt.
Amazingly, the instantly recognisable and iconic sound of the lightsaber was the first sound he came up with.
This is how he did it...👇