|Milestones in Film Sound Design
I am preparing lectures on sounddesign for films and would like to collect some opinions on which films you consider to be milestones in filmsounddesign
from the beginning till today.
The term "sound design" is a loaded one in this context because most of the films likely to appear on such a list had nobody credited as "sound designer."
I'm a huge fan of the films from the nineteen seventies and early eighties produced by the so-called "Movie Brat" directors, so most of the following quickly composed, short list is from them:
(though his approach is entirely different).
All excellent choices, I think. It occurs to me to add
If you can't get it perhaps
(though I guess it's not really in the same domain...)
I agree with many of the lists I read. So I suggest to add few films not so recent, if we understand for "good filmsound design" those films that introduced new forms of using sound.
2. Dear Randy, I know the term sounddesign is a critical one, but I
3. Dear Elisabeth, of course I already own and appreciate your book.
It's a good list of titles that have been given so far. I'd like to add "The Exorcist", which had an influential and unusual approach to its track. The supervising sound editor was Fred Brown, the lead re-recording mixer was Buzz Knudsen, and the director who was molding the whole process was William Friedkin.
One of the recurring themes in this discussion group is that not all directors are intimately involved in the details of the sound editing and mix. Friedkin is one of the exceptions. (Sometime I may have to post some of my experiences on "To Live and Die in L.A.")
But let me nominate another sound designer for consideration, someone you might not have heard of, although you've certainly heard his work. If good sound design is meant to immerse the audience in a compelling "sonic world" that profoundly enriches the experience of the film to the extent that it forms a kind of distinct vocabulary of its own, then perhaps one of the greatest sound designers was a man named Tregoweth Brown.
Treg Brown was the editor who created the sound effects for all those classic old Warner Brothers cartoons, and his library of sounds still echoes around in my subconscious: a rabbit falls through the sky roaring like a plane in a steep dive; a duck gets flattened against a wall and peels free with a rubbery balloon stretch and a plunger coming unstuck.
Not what you'd ordinarily think of as art films, certainly, yet there
was a lot of artistry at work in them.
A discussion tread about good film sound design posted at the E-mail Group "Sound Article List" URL http://www.egroups.com/list/sound-article-list
/Sven E Carlsson
The sound-article-list eGroup is a service at Film Sound Design & Theory" http://www.filmsound.org (a resource site for sound design)
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