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Visual Acoustics -- Visual Acoustics celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, the world's greatest architectural photographer, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream.
Visual Acoustics -- Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, VISUAL ACOUSTICS celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, the world’s greatest architectural photographer, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream. Shulman, who passed away this year, captured the work of nearly every modern and progressive architect since the 1930s including Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, John Lautner and Frank Gehry.  His images epitomized the singular beauty of Southern California’s modernist movement and brought its iconic structures to the attention of the general public. This unique film is both a testament to the evolution of modern architecture and a joyful portrait of the magnetic, whip-smart gentleman who chronicled it with his unforgettable images.

VISUAL ACOUSTICS won the Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Austin Film Festival, the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the Lone Star International Film Festival and Outstanding Achievement in Documentary Filmmaking at the Newport Beach Film Festival.


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Frances Anderton ... Herself

Tom Ford ... Himself

Frank Gehry ... Himself (as Frank O. Gehry)

Dustin Hoffman ... Himself - Narrator
Ray Kappe ... Himself
Craig Krull ... Himself
Barbara Lamprecht ... Herself
Ricardo Legorreta ... Himself

Kelly Lynch ... Herself
Leo Marmol ... Himself
Judy McKee ... Herself
Raymond Richard Neutra ... Himself
Juergen Nogai ... Himself
Edward Ruscha ... Himself (as Ed Ruscha)
Julius Shulman ... Himself

Dante Spinotti ... Himself
Angelika Taschen ... Herself

Benedikt Taschen ... Himself

Directed by
Eric Bricker 
Writing credits
Eric Bricker (written by) &
Phil Ethington (written by)

Jessica Hundley (co-writer) &
Lisa Hughes (co-writer)

Deborah Dietsch (additional material)

Produced by
Karen Arbeeny .... consulting producer
Eric Bricker .... producer
Lisa Hughes .... executive producer
Frederic Liebert .... co-producer
Rose Nielsen .... associate producer
Michelle Oliver .... executive producer
Will Paice .... co-producer
Babette Zilch .... producer
Original Music by
Charlie Campagna 
Cinematography by
Dante Spinotti 
Aiken Weiss 
Film Editing by
Charlton McMillan 
Makeup Department
Bernadette Beauvais .... makeup artist
Alexis Kelley .... makeup artist
Anette Laurent .... makeup artist
Sound Department
Ron Bartlett .... re-recording mixer
Charlie Campagna .... dialogue & sound effects editor
Steven Corbiere .... sound
Eric Flickinger .... re-recording mixer
Paul Graff .... sound
Paul Marshall .... sound
Paul Morris .... sound
Lori Weinhouse .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Barrere .... key grip
Eric Bricker .... camera operator
George Cacamise .... key grip
Douglas A. Degrazzio .... digital imaging technician (as Doug DeGrazzio)
Gerrit Garretsen .... dolly grip
Bill Greenberg .... best boy
Nick Higgins .... additional cinematographer
Bob Jason .... gaffer
April Kelley .... second assistant camera
Jeremiah Kent .... first assistant camera
David McFarland .... additional cinematographer (as Dave McFarland)
Thomas Rist .... camera operator
George Steward .... dolly grip
Taj J. Teffaha .... steadicam operator
Cameron Tucker .... camera operator
Aiken Weiss .... steadicam operator
Michael Weldon .... first assistant camera
Justin Wells .... digital imaging technician
Christopher A. Zwirner .... gaffer
Animation Department
Peter Belsky .... animator
Marisa Fiechter .... production team
Anna Minkkinen .... animator
Todd Neale .... animator
Tandi Rabinowitz .... production team
Paul Schlacter .... animator
Shag .... animated character creator
Jessica Sun .... animator
Jakob Trollbäck .... animation director
Emre Veryeri .... animator
Garry Waller .... animator
Joe Wright .... animation director
Tolga Yildiz .... animator
Editorial Department
Jimmy Tom .... colorist
Other crew
Steve Bricker .... production assistant
Patricia Fernandez .... production assistant
Chris Lenz .... production assistant
Elizabeth Marley .... production assistant
Michael Saleman .... production attorney
Kevin Schini .... production assistant
Thang Truong .... production assistant
Frank Gehry .... special thanks (as Frank O. Gehry)
Dustin Hoffman .... very special thanks
Brad Pitt .... special thanks
Julius Shulman .... very special thanks
Buck Stahl .... in memory of

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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
When standing on the shoulders of a giant all you have to do is not fall off., 17 December 2009
Author: Dubl_A from Portland, OR

This is one of those documentaries that is just about impossible to screw up. Julius Shulman was such a monumental figure in both 20th century photography and modern architecture (not to mention an affable and entertaining subject) that a documentarian need only to remember to take the lens cap off - the movie makes itself.

That being said, this film at times takes a on a tone that I felt undermined the content. Aside from a few exceptions, the "wacky" animations and motion graphics which worked in films like 'The Kid Stays in the Picture' felt very out of place here. Furthermore, the production standards for much of the interview footage was appallingly low - especially considering it is a movie ABOUT a photographer.

All of this aside, I do recommend seeing this if you are a fan of Shulman's work or mid century modern architecture. Maybe I'm being too hard on this film, but after waiting for months to see this in the theater, I left a bit disappointed. Considering so much of this film concerns itself with the fundamentals of modernism where "form follows function", I really feel that the style of someone like Gary Hustwit ('Helvetica' & 'Objectified') would have been a lot more suited to this production.

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