The history of Hollywood sound design

R2D2 in “Star Wars.” Credit: Pixabay.

Try to imagine “Star Wars” without that hypnotic hum of a lightsaber, or “Jurassic Park” without the blood-curdling roar of the tyrannosaurus rex. These cinematic masterpieces wouldn’t be the same. Sound effects and design are just as important to the mood, tone, and emotion of a film as what you see onscreen. Now a new documentary, “Making Waves,” focuses on the immersive world of Hollywood sound editing.


Midge Costin - director of “Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound;” USC

Madeleine Brand

Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Amy Ta, Alexandra Sif Tryggvadottir, Rosalie Atkinson, Brian Hardzinski, Rebecca Mooney