Making Waves (12)
Thu 21 November @ 8:00 pm£7 – £10
Making Waves (12) – 2019, USA, 94 mins
Director: Midge Costin
Faders on stun: Hollywood sound editor Midge Costin’s directorial debut is an immersive documentary exploring the power of sound in cinema. Featuring everyone who is anyone in the sound game, including the great Walter Murch.
“These are the people who create that world of sound, that palimpsest of exquisitely blended noise layers, which is perhaps the thing least consciously comprehended by the movie audience but which is indispensable for fabricating a total world in which a film can live and breathe. It requires an artistry and a delicacy, as well as resourcefulness and make-do-and-mend ingenuity that reaches back to the cinema’s beginnings.
This film speaks to the great maestros of movie sound, such as Walter Murch, Ben Burtt, Kysten Mate and Victoria Rose Sampson who, with great frankness and amazing modesty, talk about their extremely difficult work. The great thing about a documentary like this is that it challenges the assumption – easily held – that sound is basically about simply capturing or tape-recording what appears to be taking place in front of the camera. In fact, the sound is “written” just as much as the screenplay.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian