Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound

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  • Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound pays an all-too-rare tribute to an aspect of filmmaking that's utterly fascinating but often overlooked.
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    Ed PottonTimes (UK)
    You wouldn't seize on film sound as the sexiest of subjects, yet Midge Costin's documentary is a doozy, as inspiring as it is informative.
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    Mark FeeneyBoston Globe
    The blend of historical overview, film clips, tech info, and inside business on offer is pretty irresistible.
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    Nigel AndrewsFinancial Times
    Just see this film. And then wonder if "see" is any longer an adequate verb for the act of experiencing great cinema.
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    Peter BradshawGuardian
    If it feels like a feelgood in-house promotional video for Hollywood technicians ... well, they've got an awful lot to feel good about.
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    Owen GleibermanVariety
    "Making Waves" is about the evolution of film technology, yet the key to its appeal is that it revels in the holistic, aesthetic side of technology: not just buttons and dials and gizmos, but technology as an expression of something human.
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    William BibbianiTheWrap
    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.
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    Steven SheehanThe Digital Fix
    It's a lot to cover in 90 minutes, and given the breadth of the subject it's something only a Mark Cousin-esque full-length TV series could give real justice to.
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    Matthew PejkovicMatt's Movie Reviews
    Succeeds as an accessible and entertaining ode to the innovators, the craftsmen, and the technology that continues to give the cinema experience new life.
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    Robert RotenLaramie Movie Scope
    This documentary offers a rich, comprehensive treatment of sound in movies that gives the viewer some appreciation of the effort it takes to make a movie with a good sound design.
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    Matt BrunsonFilm Frenzy
    One of the year's best.
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