Blindspotting is a love letter to the city of Oakland and also an intimate tale about two best friends. The film uses both main characters to present contrasting points of view, and the filmmaking team used sound and music to guide the viewer through their divergent experiences. As the story progresses, the rumble of a freight train rumbles into the the bass line of the film's score, and the warning beep of a house alarm morphs into a bittersweet piano solo."The Dolby Atmos treatment truly allowed us to explore point-of-views in a way that conventional sound simply would not have allowed," said director Carlos López Estrada. "It was important to have the audience learn about the city of Oakland by introducing its unique soundscape. We manipulated these sounds to create effects that feel naturalistic and raw, grounding the characters in the world they inhabit. It has been a real treat to dive even deeper into these stories with sound, and we are very thankful to Dolby for offering their support through this generous grant." In I Think We're Alone Now, Del (Peter Dinklage) is alone in the world. Literally. After the human race is wiped out, he lives in a small, empty town, methodically going from house to house, collecting batteries and other useful items, and burying the dead. He dines alone, reads, watches movies, and shelves books in the local library he's made his home. He's content in his solitude - until he discovers Grace (Elle Fanning), an interloper on his quiet earth. Her history and motives are obscure, and worse yet, she wants to stay. A world without voices, electrical grids, airplanes hundreds of miles off, lawn mowers, the accumulation of human activities carried from thousands of miles away: the film creates a tense, visceral journey for the viewer as even the absence of human life has a sound of its own. "Mixing our film in Dolby Atmos gave us enormous opportunities to surround the audience in an atmospheric world where they can feel what is no longer there. It also helped us to send subliminal emotional cues throughout the film," said director Reed Morano of I Think We're Alone Now. "We needed the most powerful, impressionistic sound in order to take people on this psychological journey and Dolby made it possible for us to create what I was hearing in my head." "The Dolby Institute and Dolby family work to enable independent filmmakers to have access to premium audio technology, and Dolby Atmos helps them best present their stories," said Glenn Kiser, Director of Dolby Institute. "It's an honor to present two Dolby fellowships at this year's Sundance Film Festival, and we can't think of a more fitting way to introduce The Ray Theatre than to present screenings of both of these amazing films in Dolby Atmos."
Dolby Institute will host a sound panel at the Claimjumper in downtown Park City, discussing sound design and mixing of the Dolby Sound Fellowship winners, on January 21, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. MT. Daveed Diggs, cowriter and star of Blindspotting, and Tony award-winner for his performance as Thomas Jefferson in Hamilton, will be among the star-studded panel group. Diggs will be joined by Blindspotting director Carlos López Estrada and cowriter Rafael Casal, as well as members of the creative team behind I Think We're Alone Now.About Dolby Laboratories Dolby Laboratories (NYSE:DLB) is based in San Francisco with offices in over 20 countries around the globe. Dolby transforms the science of sight and sound into spectacular experiences. Through innovative research and engineering, we create breakthrough experiences for billions of people worldwide through a collaborative ecosystem spanning artists, businesses, and consumers. The experiences people have - in Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Cinema, Dolby Voice, and Dolby Audio - revolutionize entertainment and communications at the cinema, on the go, in the home, and at work. Dolby, Dolby Atmos, and the double-D symbol are registered trademarks of Dolby Laboratories. All other trademarks remain the property of their respective owners. DLB-G Media ContactDolby LaboratoriesDarren Murph, +1-415-357-7043 Darren.Murph@dolby.com Photos accompanying this announcement are available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/8457ce4b-6a2f-4274-bc89-4e42be4139b9 http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/e4f1df92-7a79-4e76-8b41-0d6e4a5cb357 http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/a7423037-5e23-45c3-a7c1-c1b064807ea5