Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound

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Rafael 1 Sat, Oct 5, 2019 2:15 PM
Sequoia 2 Mon, Oct 7, 2019 11:15 AM
Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Mind the Gap
Running Time:95 min.
Director:Midge Costin
Producer:Bobette Buster
Karen Johnson
Midge Costin
Screenwriter:Bobette Buster
Cinematographer:Sandra Chandler
Editor:David J. Turner
Thomas G. Miller
Cast:George Lucas
Walter Murch
Ben Burtt
Gary Rydstrom
Steven Spielberg
Barbra Streisand
Sofia Coppola
David Lynch
Print Source:Different by Design
Note Writer:Sterling Hedgpeth


"Wait a minute, wait a minute, you ain't heard nothin' yet!" And with these words from Al Jolson’s lips, an industry transformed and an auditory art form was born. While movies in their storytelling majesty had been around for decades, the advent of synchronized sound signaled a new limitless horizon of possibilities to ground the cinema experience with previously untapped emotional depth and nuance. Along with a survey of the history of film sound—from Kong and Kane to Pixar and ProTools—director Midge Costin’s exciting documentary demonstrates how the aural landscape in moviemaking is just as complex and artful as musical orchestration. Directors David Lynch, Sofia Coppola, Ryan Coogler, and George Lucas and award-winning sound designers Walter Murch, Ben Burtt, and Gary Rydstrom are among those interviewed in this deep dive into the postproduction world, a sheer delight for the senses and a must for audiophiles and casual movie fans alike. 

EXPECTED GUESTS: Director Midge Costin, Writer-Producer Bobette Buster, Producer Karen Johnson, Academy Award®-winning Sound Designer Ben Burtt, and Sound Engineer Ioan Allen, Founder of the Dolby Stereo Film Program and Academy Award recipient


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Additional Information

Midge Costin has been a sound editor in Hollywood for over 25 years. Her work is featured in Academy Award®-nominated films for Sound Editing. She is the Kay Rose Professor in the Art of Sound at USC School of Cinematic Arts, and lectures internationally on the transformative power of sound. Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) is her directing debut.