Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound

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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.


  • Erik Aadahl
  • Ioan Allen
  • Richard L. Anderson
  • Karen Baker Landers
  • Bobbi Banks
  • Richard Beggs
  • Anna Behlmer
  • Mark Berger
  • Ben Burtt
  • Ryan Coogler

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Oct 25, 2019

Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound is 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.

Metacritic review by William Bibbiani
William Bibbiani
Sep 29, 2019

Fascinating and informative, it’s a ‘must-watch’ for film students and fans alike.

Wendy Ide
Screen Daily
Sep 29, 2019

The documentary — a polished directing debut for veteran sound editor Costin — will leave many geekier audience members wishing it were three times as long.

Metacritic review by John DeFore
John DeFore
The Hollywood Reporter