Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association

The Sound & Music of the Daniels’ Everything Everywhere All at Once

Master Class: The Sound & Music of the Daniels’

Everything Everywhere All at Once


2:00PM – 5:00PM (PDT)


Music and sound design are two of the most powerful tools for filmmakers to tell their stories. In this Master Class centered around The Daniels’ independent hit, Everything Everywhere All At Once, we explore how these elements work together to communicate tone and emotion and build a unique and fantastical world.


Join Glenn Kiser, Director of the Dolby Institute, and accomplished composer, Peter Golub, who will moderate a conversation with Everything Everywhere All At Once directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, re-recording mixer and supervising sound editor, Brent Kiser, sound designer and sound effects editor, Andrew Twite, and Ryan Lott, Rafiq Bhatia and Ian Chang, the three members of the band, Son Lux, who composed the original, spellbinding score. In this live, free, interactive session, they’ll discuss the process by which composers and sound designers can build the world with the filmmaker and be an essential part of shaping a film’s story.


Topics covered include:


  • How sound and music work together
  • Finding your collaborators
  • Providing direction and references to collaborators
  • How filmmakers use sound design and music to establish tone
  • Perspective and intention in sound design
  • Rhythm in sound
  • Sense memory and building your soundscape
  • Creating a unique fight scene
  • Directing the audience’s attention with sound
  • Tying a character’s perspective to sound design
  • Transitions in sound design
  • Spacialization and working with Dolby Atmos
  • Collaborating with composers in pre-production
  • Approaching the score as a band
  • Music as connective tissue
  • Blending textures and melodies in the score
  • Collaborating with other artists for the soundtrack
  • Utilizing test screenings
  • The power of playfulness and discovery
  • The value of the theatrical release


Peter Golub is the composer of numerous works for film, the concert hall, theatre and dance. His film scores include: FROZEN RIVER (directed by Courtney Hunt and nominated for 2 Academy Awards); THE LARAMIE PROJECT (for HBO); THE GREAT DEBATERS (directed by Denzel Washington and co-composed with James Newton Howard); WORDPLAY; COUNTDOWN TO ZERO; SOUND OF A DREAM; and SONGS MY BROTHER TAUGHT ME (dir. by Chloe Zhao). more…
Glenn Kiser is the Director of the Dolby Institute, Dolby’s initiative to bring education and inspiration to filmmakers and content creators about the creative use of sound and picture in storytelling. Previously, Kiser was the VP & General Manager of Lucasfilm’s Skywalker Sound, where he oversaw sound work on film projects such as AVATAR, THE INCREDIBLES, the STAR WARS prequels, THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, THE PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN and HARRY POTTER films. more…
Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, collectively known as DANIELS – have been writing and directing together for over a decade, initially with a slew of viral music videos, commercials, and short films, then with feature films and TV directing. more…
From the start, Son Lux has operated as something akin to a sonic test kitchen. The band strives to question deeply held assumptions about how music is made and reconstruct it from a molecular level. What began as a solo project for founder Ryan Lott expanded in 2014, thanks to a kinship with Ian Chang and Rafiq Bhatia too strong to ignore. The trio strengthened their chemistry and honed their collective intuition while creating, releasing, and touring six recordings. more…
Andrew Twite is an award-winning sound designer based in Los Angeles with over fifteen years of industry experience spanning feature films to documentaries and adult animated comedy. In 2008, Andrew won the MPSE Golden Reel Award as the dialogue editor of RETURN TO HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL for Best Sound Editing for Direct to Video. He earned an additional three MPSE Golden Reel Award nominations for sound editing STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, RICK AND MORTY, and BOJACK HORSEMAN. more…
Brent Kiser is an Emmy-winning sound designer and the founder of post sound company Unbridled Sound based in Los Angeles. His 15 year career in sound spans feature films, TV series and documentaries. Brent most recently served as the sound supervisor on A24’s critically-acclaimed drama EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE starring Michelle Yeoh, Jamie Lee Curtis and Ke Huy Quan from directors Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (the Daniels). Brent first worked with the Daniels on their Gotham Award and Indie Spirit Award-nominated film SWISS ARMY MAN starring Daniel Radcliffe. more…
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