The Washington Post has published an article by film critic Ann Hornaday, who talks about the use of sound in film, specially the sound effects.
She talks about the importance and good use of sound in several films such as “Secretariat, “Buried”, “The American”,”Inception”, “The Social Network”, “Cast Away”, “Pearl Harbor” and more. This might be not too much new stuff for a person who already works on this field, but hey! is on The Washington Post!
In his film about Secretariat, the 1973 Triple Crown champion and one of the most famous horses in history, director Randall Wallace rose to that challenge in an unconventional way — he appealed to filmgoers’ ears, rather than their eyes. Even as the images in “Secretariat” would depict well-known events, Wallace decided, he would infuse the movie’s soundtrack with an almost subliminal tension. So as the chestnut colt — called Big Red through most of the movie — makes his way from the Kentucky Derby to the Preakness to the Belmont Stakes, discerning audiences can make out something beyond the roar of the crowd and thundering hooves: the sound of Secretariat’s heart beating.
Via: Social Sound Design