Actually, there was not much winnowing. Sound post and mixing has changed even in the last ten years. Used to be that I'd spend this time culling sounds because the sound designers would reduce the number of tracks by combining sounds. A giant's footstep may be a combination of an elephant's foot, a bass drum, something squishy and a crackle. That would be decided at this stage so that on the mixing stage it would only take up a single track. But that meant that the only change that could be made would be a volume setting.
Now more than a hundred tracks are used so there's no decisions made that can't be modified at the mix if necessary. So today we went through the movie taking out anything that I didn't like. For instance, one of the demons is "Lightning" so there are lots of electrical blasts and efx. But many electrical sounds have a buzz to them that sounds like technology to my ear. I wanted Lightning more organic so we cut out lots of buzz.
I also talked about what I thought was missing or the various sounds made by a single monster beyond a roar. I also talked about treating certain actions as paranormal events as opposed to "real world" effects. Everything was sound good. It's astounding how much work the guys are putting into it...and how much more they have to do before Monday! The guys will be working all weekend to be ready for the pre-mix next week. Send them good thoughts! -- Tad