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Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound is a movie starring Erik Aadahl, Ioan Allen, and Richard L. Anderson. An exploration of the history and emotional power of cinema sound, as revealed by legendary sound designers and visionary...

Midge Costin
Ioan Allen, Erik Aadahl, Karen Baker Landers, Richard L. Anderson

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Genres Documentary
Director Midge Costin
Writer Bobette Buster
Stars Ioan Allen, Erik Aadahl, Karen Baker Landers, Richard L. Anderson
Country USA
Also Known As 電影音效傳奇:好萊塢之聲, Konsten att skapa ett soundtrack - film, ljud och musik, Wywołując fale: sztuka dźwięku w filmie, Robiąc szum, czyli o dźwięku w filmie
Runtime 1 h 34 min
Audio Português  English  Deutsch  Italiano  Español  Français  Gaeilge  Svenska  Nederlands
Subtitles Português  日本語  Čeština  Australia  한국어  Filipino  Tiếng Việt  हिन्दी 
Quality 480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Description 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.

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Wednesday, 22 Jul 2020 13:42

Although the talkies of the 1970's still evoke profound feelings today, this documentary depicts how that decade affected the lives of all sorts of artists. Music directors Frank Gehry and Eno were an unusual pair. Gehry was extremely eclectic, playing various instruments, and often literally covering the entire front of a record. The attention he paid to the sound of his music, in concert and in film, resulted in the turning of some records into legends, while others simply died or had an easy demise. The only real "greatest hits" album that Gehry turned to is the Roxy Music album for which he was criticized, and the other albums he produced and played are much more forgettable. The only consistent album that he actually played live was "Still Life" from the Roxy Music album. This documentary is more about the human side of film making than the technical aspects of the camera. It's interesting to watch how he constructed and shot some of the best soundtracks of the 1970's, such as the surreal "Angels," or the slightly more standard "Time Bomb," which has a great orchestral piece, but is also devoid of any music. Even the Stravinsky pieces for the movie "A Midsummer Night's Dream" are very well done. But Gehry's best and most famous work, and the one he is most famous for, is a performance of the ballet "Fantasia on a Theme by Strauss." Though he did perform it several times, only a few dozen people saw it in its entirety. He also did several films and television shows that are highly regarded today, but none of which are documentaries. This film is a good example of a master's work, not just the technical aspect, but the human side of a master. It is not just the technical side, but the human side that makes a film great.
Sunday, 05 Jul 2020 19:49

Well-made documentary for the would-be moviemaker. It talks about the life and work of the legendary director Stanley Kubrick, and the key differences between his films, and the mainstream Hollywood production. Highlights include talk about Kubrick's early films, the use of music in each film, and how the two films compare. A few key things to consider: In his early films, Kubrick used the musical score in a very real way. In his later films, the score was used for sentimental music for the film, and in some cases, to replace any music in the film, even if that music is really good. The problem with the mainstream Hollywood production, is that they always use very heavily commercialized and standard music, that doesn't fit the film's theme. If you don't want to listen to anything in a movie, but still like to hear some music, this documentary will be more than enough. The great thing is that the two films have a lot of the same music. Kubrick also gave his music a lot of weight, and made it more than just one time use. For example, the theme of the film "2001", that is in my opinion the greatest movie ever made, comes from one of his earlier films. In the original version, there is no music, and it's all all out commercialized. In the new version, the theme is very strong, and very dramatic. I will never forget that theme. The film also talks about his early use of slow motion in the film "The Shining". There is a scene where Jack Nicholson is walking, and he has this pause in the movie, and then he is walking again. The audience almost stares at him in the theater. The camera zooms in, and we see Jack as he walks, and we hear his voice say, "I love you." Then, we see his face in the distance, and the shot zooms back out, as he is still walking. This scene is so emotional, that it would probably go over the heads of most people. It was also great to hear about Kubrick's "Baroque Trilogy". Each film had a new twist on the plot. "2001" was about a satellite that went out of control, and crashed into the ocean. "The Shining" is about a family whose young son is haunted by his parents' murder, and decides to have a go at a couple of women. "Clockwork Orange" was about the Vietnam War, and had a very dark, and gritty feel to it. "Full Metal Jacket" was the best movie of the 80's. I give it a 9 out of 10. This is an excellent film, but you don't have to like Kubrick to like it.

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