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Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019)

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An exploration of the history and emotional power of cinema sound, as revealed by legendary sound designers and visionary directors, via interviews, clips from movies, and a look at their actual process of creation and discovery.

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Credited cast:
Erik Aadahl ... Himself
Ioan Allen Ioan Allen ... Himself
Richard L. Anderson ... Himself
Karen Baker Landers Karen Baker Landers ... Herself
Bobbi Banks Bobbi Banks ... Herself
Richard Beggs Richard Beggs ... Himself
Anna Behlmer ... Herself
Mark Berger ... Himself
Ben Burtt ... Himself
Ryan Coogler ... Himself
Sofia Coppola ... Herself
Dane A. Davis ... Himself
Peter J. Devlin Peter J. Devlin ... Himself
Teri E. Dorman Teri E. Dorman ... Herself
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An exploration of the history, artistry, and emotional power of cinema sound, as revealed by legendary sound designers and visionary directors, via interviews, clips from movies, and a look at their actual process of creation and discovery. Written by Anonymous

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"Sound is 50% of the cinematic experience"

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English

Release Date:

25 October 2019 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$12,348, 27 October 2019

Gross USA:

$46,379

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$57,233
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Informative and deeply passionate
9 October 2019 | by carrythe2See all my reviews

Making Waves is both an informative, friendly introduction to the world of film sound and a passionate advocation of the art. There are in-depth interviews with some of the biggest names in Hollywood sound design - Ben Burtt, Skip Livesay, Randy Thom, Gary Rydstrom and the industry's superstar, the always-entertaining Walter Murch - and in directing - George Lucas, Stephen Spielberg, David Lynch, as well as a great many others.

There's an entertaining history of film sound and a breakdown of all the elements that go into the finished whole. In a concise 90 minutes it manages to include most of the major technological innovations and pioneering films and figures. It also manages to give a strong voice to the many women who have worked at the highest level on blockbuster films (e.g. Cecilia Hall on Top Gun, Anna Belhmer on Braveheart).

On the downside, it is very Hollywood-centric (or perhaps California-centric - at one point George Lucas says "so we relocated to San Francisco" like it was some giant leap for filmmaker kind). But to be fair, the filmmakers did admit in the post-screening Q&A that they wanted it to be much more of an international story but they already had over 200 hours of transcripts just from the US and didn't have the funds to travel for interviews.

That aside, it would be hard to ask for a better film about this fascinating but obscure subject.


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