Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound
reveals the hidden power of sound in cinema through film clips and insight from visionary directors and their wildly creative sound designers
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|Written by: Bill Lawrence, Halifax, UK||Date: 25.10.2019|
|Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound|
Dir. Midge Costain USA 2019 94 mins
Opening USA 25 October, UK 1 November 2019
Sound is arguably the most under appreciated aspect of the movie-going experience and yet adds so much to the viewing experience. While many people argue, fairly, for the supremacy of the 70mm film format, they forget that 5mm is dedicated to the excellence of the magnetic soundtrack. Indeed, as efforts where being made to create the finest visual experience, so innovators where looking to find the best possible sound, an aural experience that would not only add realism but take the cinema-goer deeper into new worlds.
• Go to Todd-AO: All-Purpose Sound Reproduction
• Go to Todd-AO: Six track recording equipment
We often refer to silent cinema, but cinema was rarely silent. Even pre-cinema magic lantern slide shows relied on narrators and increasingly complex sound effects created by the showmen as they travelled the country. Moving images where soon accompanied by pianos, orchestras and emphasising sound effects until the arrival of sound movies and the human voice dominating. The great composers added emotional scores building the visceral experience for the audience. From the 1950s stereo sound, layered sound effects, sound design took movies to a whole new level. Digital sound reached auditoria long before digital cinema and today surround is not just horizontal but overheard, too.
Veteran Hollywood sound editor Midge Costin, has interviewed the pioneers to look at this fascinating history and, as well as some great stories, gives a wonderfully clear analysis of what makes a soundtrack, the elements and skills, in the award-winning documentary "Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound".
With interviews from the great sound designers Walter Murch and Ben Burtt to Lora Hirschberg and Bobbi Banks with support from Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Barbara Streisand, there are many great insights as to their inspirations and excitement about sound and the development of increasing levels of complexity in the building of multi-track sound layers.
• Go to Mixing Dolby Stereo Film Sound
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Trailer: Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound
|Walter Murch Mixing "Apocalypse Now"|
There is a lot packed into this brisk 94 minute journey and it is fascinating. However, it does overlook some key parts of sound development, for example, no reference to Cinerama and its separate magnetic soundtrack introducing seven track stereo to cinemas, and while 70mm gets a mention, it probably deserves more. However, with great interviews and clips, this is a must for anyone who is interested in widescreen cinema the endeavour for the best possible production values.
“A delight ...” – The Hollywood Reporter
“… mesmerizing, thoroughly engrossing …” – Film Threat
“Fascinating and informative, it’s a ‘must watch’ … full of such engaging revelations.” – Screen International
Making its world premiere at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, Making Waves was an Official Selection at the 2019 Festival de Cannes - Cannes Classics and was the Audience Award winner at the 2019 Indie Bo Film Festival, Columbia. Called “One of the top seven films to watch” by Haaretz at the Jerusalem Film Festival, "Making Waves" is also an Official Selection of the London, Cambridge, Munich, DMZ Docs South Korea, Taipei Golden Horse, Ghent, New Zealand, Deauville and Mill Valley film festivals, among others.
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