How Tom Hanks film Sully recorded a real plane journey for its central action

Now that's commitment

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The world of movie sound recording is little known outside of professional circles, with few viewers aware of the level of work that goes into creating the non-musical soundtrack to any hit film.

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But Tom Hanks-starring film Sully (telling the real-life story of Captain “Sully” Sullenberger and how he landed a struggling plane on the Hudson River) might take the cake for sound editing commitment, with the movie’s supervising sound editors revealing to RadioTimes.com that its centrepiece plane journey and crash was achieved with the help of a real plane – that they actually took on a journey themselves.

“So on Sully we went back to New York and shot on the ferries there,” Alan Robert Murray told us.

“And actually we wrangled an airbus A320 and set it up with microphones and flew from Phoenix to Texas to record the aeroplane.” 

“We always are interested in authenticity in movies,” added Bub Asman, “but on this one in particular I think it sort of drove us from the beginning to the end.” 

“I think [when] coming up with the sound of the birds impacting the aeroplane, we actually met with Captain Sullenberger,” Murray went on.

“So we had a 30 minute interview with him, and he related everything he had heard in the cockpit and tried to recreate that accurately and dynamically. I think those were the difficulties and the hardest things on that project.”

Now that commitment is plane crazy.

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Sully: Miracle On The Hudson is out now on Digital Download, 4K Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD