Do you happen to recall how Adolf Dymsza produced sound effects for a radio play in the film Skarb? Things weren’t much better than that in the early years of films featuring recorded sound. Every big studio had its own set of common sound effects—shots, ricochets, steps, thunder—but producers considered dialogue and music to be more important than sound. It was only later when artists like Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now) and Ben Burtt (Star Wars) and directors like Stanley Kubrick, George Lucas, and Francis Ford Coppola began changing not only how we watch movies but also how we listen them them. Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound presents a fascinating journey through the history of sound and sound effects, from The Jazz Singer to Roma. Masters of the trade reveal their secrets and share stories that will ensure that you hear even more in films—you’ll never look at Chewbacca the same way again.
Midge Costin is an experienced sound editor. She worked on numerous blockbusters in the 1980s and 1990s, at a time when few women had such an opportunity in Hollywood. Her credits include hits like Days of Thunder, Crimson Tide, Con Air, and Armageddon, as well as independent films such as John Waters’ Cry-Baby and Kenneth Branagh’s Dead Again. She is currently a professor of the art of dialogue and sound editing at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound is her directorial debut.
2019 Wywołując fale: sztuka dźwięku w filmie / Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (doc.)