Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound

94 mins.
Directed by Midge Costin

Film at 7:00pm, with seminar to follow at approximately 8:30pm.

Directed by veteran Hollywood sound editor Midge Costin, the film reveals the hidden power of sound in cinema, introduces us to the unsung heroes who create it, and features insights from legendary directors with whom they collaborate.

Featuring the insights and stories of iconic directors such as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, David Lynch, Barbra Streisand, Ang Lee, Sofia Coppola and Ryan Coogler, working with sound design pioneers—Walter Murch, Ben Burtt and Gary Rydstrom—and the many women and men who followed in their footsteps.

Cinema Seminar: “Beyond the Visual: Exploring the Art and Craft of Sound”

Few have “ears to hear” or comprehend the emotional storytelling impact sound plays in so-called visual media. Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas have both declared that “sound is 50% of the movie” with Spielberg saying, “our ears lead our eyes to where the story lives.” 

In a post-screening in a conversation moderated by Nina Kleinberg, MAKING WAVES filmmaker Midge Costin will share highlights from her career as a Hollywood sound editor and passionate teacher and advocate for creative use of sound in the cinematic arts.

About the speaker:

Midge Costin holds the Kay Rose Endowed Chair in the Art of Sound Editing at the USC School of Cinematic Arts given by George Lucas in 2005. Costin has been a feature film sound editor in Hollywood for filmmakers such as Tony Scott (CRIMSON TIDE), Michael Bay (THE ROCK), John Waters (CRYBABY), David Wolper (IMAGINE: JOHN LENNON) and Amy Heckerling (LOOK WHO'S TALKING TOO). Two of the films, CRIMSON TIDE and ARMAGEDDON—for which she edited sound effects and dialogue—received Academy Award nominations for Sound Editing. CRIMSON TIDE won the MPSE Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing.

As a passionate teacher and advocate for creative use of sound in the cinematic arts, Costin has traveled worldwide to lecture on sound design & editing, and her career in Hollywood. She is a Branch Executive Board member at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a past Board member of the MPSE, and was a long-standing member of the Editors Guild.