Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound

2020 • 94 minutes
2 reviews
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Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound reveals the hidden power of sound in cinema and our lives through film clips, interviews, and verité footage. It captures the history, impact, and creative process of this art form with insightful, heart-warming and fun stories told by legendary directors such as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, David Lynch, Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford, Ang Lee, Sofia Coppola, and Ryan Coogler, and the sound artists with whom they collaborate. Few have "ears to hear" the emotional storytelling impact sound plays in so-called visual media. Francis Ford Coppola and Lucas both declare, "Sound is half the movie!" Spielberg says, "Our ears lead our eyes to where the story lives." Audiences will discover unsung artists and key sound creatives - Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now), Ben Burtt (Star Wars), Gary Rydstrom (Saving Private Ryan), Lora Hirschberg (Inception), Cece Hall (Top Gun), Anna Behlmer (Braveheart) – who create magic for all the movies we love.

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2 reviews
David Hooker
February 25, 2020
Breathtaking. What a privilege to see and learn from some of the individuals who have created audio masterpieces. I find it fascinating how well we remember sounds/music. I thought the audio levels were just right. The emphasis is on the sound. It needs to be powerful in order to grab our attention so that we as an audience focus intently on it. As was mentioned in the documentary, audio was usually viewed as second to visuals. Because the audio levels might've sounded slightly higher than normal, I experienced the opposite when watching this documentary - the visuals become second to the audio. What a fascinating (and appropriate) experience that is!
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