"Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound" reveals the hidden power of sound in cinema - and our lives. Through film clips, interviews and verite footage, the film captures the history, impact and creative process of this overlooked art form through the insights and stories of legendary directors such as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, David Lynch, Barbra Streisand, Ang Lee, Christopher Nolan, Sofia Coppola and Ryan Coogler, and the sound men and women with whom they collaborate. Few have "ears to hear" or comprehend the emotional storytelling impact sound plays in so-called visual media. Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas have both declared that "sound is 50% of the movie" with Spielberg saying, "our ears lead our eyes to where the story lives". In 'Making Waves', we see and hear from the key players of sound design - including multi-Oscar winners Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now), Ben Burtt (Star Wars) and Gary Rydstrom (Saving Private Ryan) - who, in pursuing their art and desire to push the medium, are the very people who will go down in the history of cinema as developing sound into the immersive storytelling force it is today. Audiences will discover many unsung collaborators for the key creative artists they are, in a domain that has for too long been characterised as "technical".
Enjoyable, but could have given more
- Making Waves review by AP
This is an enjoyable enough trawl through the history of film sound. But in an effort to touch as many blockbuster bases as possible, the film-makers miss a trick in not fully satisfying the geek squad (like me) who are likely to be the main group choosing a 90 minute documentary on the subject in the first place. It certainly proves that things were more innovative and enjoyable in the pre-digital days, and I wanted to see more tricks of the trade, discovering how Foley artists and sound designers came up with inventive ways to produce sound effects.