They’re not the most visible among film crews, at least not to the audience, but every time we see a movie we marvel at their work. This documentary introduces us to some of Hollywood’s most talented sound designers. Ben Burtt in particular takes us behind his legendary work on Star Wars (1977), but this film also takes us through the history of sound in movies and the moments that really mattered, including Barbra Streisand’s role in making sure stereo became a new standard in film. We learn the process of creating sound for movies and meet composers and directors who share their insight. Above all, we can sense the passion; obviously, a documentary like this must, and does, sound great.
2019-U.S. 94 min. Color-B/W. Produced by Bobette Buster, Midge Costin, Karen Johnson. Directed by Midge Costin. Screenplay: Bobette Buster.
Trivia: Among those interviewed: Ryan Coogler, Sofia Coppola, Ludwig Göransson, John Lasseter, Ang Lee, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand, David Lynch, Christopher Nolan, Robert Redford, Peter Weir, Hans Zimmer.
Last word: “‘Making waves’ stands for two things. One is making sound waves, but also making waves like the ’70s, when people doing sound got out of Hollywood and did it their own way up at Zoetrope [Studios]. They were ‘making waves’ in the sense of the type of films they were making and also how they were doing it. They cared more about sound, so that’s what we thought was a good representation.” (Costin, Nonfics)