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91st Oscars Transcript: Sound Mixing

SPEECH BY: Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin and John Casali
FILM: “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Q. Congratulations. So BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, there was already a similar question, it’s a song everybody knows. We sing it when we drive back from swimming at the lake. Was there ever a moment when you had doubts that you would not hit the spot to get his massive power that is represented by Queen and the sound of the music they were making?

A. (Paul Massey) I think on the first couple of days where I was just dealing with the music alone and Brian May and Roger Taylor walked in, that was a moment where I thought, okay, maybe I’m not going to make this. But no, we all knew where we needed to get to, we had great resources, we had great collaboration from all of the Queen production team and our producers, and it was a wonderful project. Project of a lifetime for all of us.

Q. Congratulations to you all for your win this evening. There are a lot of really wonderful and subtle sounds that are that are edited into this movie. I want to see if you really worked closely obviously you worked closely with the director, but if you could talk a little bit about really discovering the internal life of Freddie and the experimentation that Queen had as they were really diving into their music.

A. (Tim Cavagin) That’s the music guy again.

A. (John Casali) That is more Brian because when we shot it, obviously, Brian sorry, Brian May when we when we shot those sequences making BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, all the things that we shot came from Brian May. He said the experimental work that they did when they were shooting, when they were recording the track, and we actually reproduced that in the film. So it was that came from Brian May.

Q. Same question I asked Nina and John. Would you talk a little bit about just the relationship and the bond you formed with Queen and Queen Productions during the process. And what did you talk about today while you were preparing for the Oscars, they were getting ready for the performance?

A. (Paul Massey) They were so collaborative, to be honest. Brian and Roger, you know, once we had had once we had their trust, they were they completely allowed us into their family. They told us stories about Freddie. The engineers that they worked with gave us full access to their archives of music, all their live material, all their studio material. And so, you know, once we got through our first couple of days with them, it was truly a welcome to the family, open door at all times and so collaborative. We learned so much about Freddie that’s not in the film as well and some of their personal stories. It was just a joy to be part of that team. And actually, I think we all wished it hadn’t finished.

A. (John Casali) Yes. Absolutely.

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