Friday, February 25, 2011

SoundWorks Film Sound Profiles

“In the struggle to free sound from its second class status in film, the SoundWorks Collection videos have quickly become an important tool for showcasing sound designers, editors, and mixers as principal artistic collaborators in film storytelling.”

~Randy Thom, Director of Sound Design, Skywalker Sound

I've got to share this. I stumbled upon this series a little less than a year ago and have been hooked ever since. SoundWorks, a collection of sound-savvy filmmakers, has been putting together these mini documentary pieces that profile the sound design of popular feature films.

The series sits down with sound designers, composers, mixers or foley artists on particular features and discusses the ins and outs of sound design and breaks down how the sounds of a particular film are constructed and the aesthetic choices and thought that goes into designing them.

Inception, True Grit, King's Speech, Black Swan, Star Trek, Dark Knight, Avatar-- if it's been a sound-heavy production in the last couple years, chances are it's made it into the series.

For a guy who isn't that savvy on the sound-end of production, I find this stuff incredibly fascinating. This is a treasure trove of info and if you're looking to learn a bit more about the commonly-ignored art of sound design, definitely check the videos out.

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