How Sound Design Can Make a Movie

The visual side of film is most memorable, but sound design can structure a movie scene and even an entire movie because it sets the tone. In other words, the visuals are the face of the operations, while the audio is the puppet master, the one that really holds the power. The key to the power of sound design is its invisibility, because if something sounds close, then the viewer will feel close to whoever is speaking or making noise. Famous director Steven Spielberg and legendary sound designer Ben Burtt have created some of the best examples of movie sound by building tension without music. Burtt builds a bed of ambient noises to then single out key sounds that help tell the story. When these important sound elements are set up so well like Burtt has done in his work, the viewer can continue following the movie without even watching by simply asking themselves, “What do your ears see?”   


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