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Posted by on Nov 29, 2011 | 4 comments

Silence

“The ultimate metaphoric sound is silence. If you can get the film to a place with no sound where there should be sound, the audience will crowd that silence with sounds and feelings of their own making, and they will, individually, answer the question of, “Why is it quiet?” If the slope to silence is at the right angle, you will get the audience to a strange and wonderful place where the film becomes their own creation in a way that is deeper than any other.”

- Walter Murch

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Posted by on Oct 26, 2011 | 2 comments

Qualities

“The emotional, physical and aesthetic value of a sound is linked not only to the causal explanation we attribute to it but also to its own qualities of timbre and texture, to its own personal vibration. So just as directors and cinematographers (even those who will never make abstract films) have everything to gain by refining their knowledge of visual materials and textures, we can similarly benefit from disciplined attention to the inherent qualities of sounds.”

-Michel Chion

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Posted by on May 17, 2011 | 3 comments

Surprises

“There’s no excuse for having a mental or creative block in sound. You can just go out and collect things in the real world – they make the sound, not you. It’s very restricting to always use a library for sound effects. It’s much more interesting and freeing to go out and record new sounds because you never know what you’re going to get.”

- Gary Rydstrom

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Posted by on Mar 8, 2011 | 2 comments

Opposite

“Sometimes in the creativity area like sound, my instincts tell me to do one thing, but I do exactly the opposite and see what happens. For example, if you’re designing a scary weird creature, try putting in a high-pitched, low-level sound. Who knows, maybe that will be scarier.”

- Gary Rydstrom

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Posted by on Feb 9, 2011 | 1 comment

Performance

“Mixing is a performance. You sit down at the console. You’re alert, and you’re playing parts in the picture: You’re a robot, you’re a door, you’re a laser gun. And you get into it. You should be breathing hard and sweating when it’s over with.”

-Ben Burtt

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Posted by on Nov 9, 2010 | 0 comments

Logic

“There’s a point where you can talk about things logically and then, after that, you have to leave the word of logic. I don’t know where a lot of these ideas come from. They just do”.

- Alan Splet

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Posted by on Oct 7, 2010 | 1 comment

Chaos

“The thing you learn in film sound over the years is that if you have it being loud and chaotic over a long period of time it starts to lose impact, no matter what you do.”

-Gary Rydstrom

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Posted by on Sep 22, 2010 | 1 comment

Associations

“It’s all about the emotional associations of sounds. It’s not about whether they’re really technically correct or not. It’s about whether they’re scary or relaxing or threatening or whatever helps tell the story.”

- Dane A. Davis

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