Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound

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Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound pays an all-too-rare tribute to an aspect of filmmaking that's utterly fascinating but often overlooked.

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Few realize that sound is 50% of the cinematic experience. Building on the pioneering sight-and-sound discoveries of iconic filmmakers, this documentary features the first generation of recognized Sound Designers who designed great movies with sound before a frame was shot. We will explore the collaborative relationship between Sound Designers and the visionary directors they work with by entering their creative realms via interviews and clips from their movies. We check out the latest discoveries and advances in sound technology and learn how sound transforms not only the cinematic experience, but also our lives.

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  • You wouldn't seize on film sound as the sexiest of subjects, yet Midge Costin's documentary is a doozy, as inspiring as it is informative.

    Nov 3, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
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  • The blend of historical overview, film clips, tech info, and inside business on offer is pretty irresistible.

    Nov 1, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Just see this film. And then wonder if "see" is any longer an adequate verb for the act of experiencing great cinema.

    Oct 30, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • If it feels like a feelgood in-house promotional video for Hollywood technicians ... well, they've got an awful lot to feel good about.

    Oct 30, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • "Making Waves" is about the evolution of film technology, yet the key to its appeal is that it revels in the holistic, aesthetic side of technology: not just buttons and dials and gizmos, but technology as an expression of something human.

    Oct 27, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A practically perfect primer for anyone interested in the history and craft of filmmaking, answering most of the pertinent, baseline questions while leaving plenty of room for supplemental research.

    Oct 25, 2019 | Full Review…

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