Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound + Q&A

11 September
Location informationArc Cinema
Event cost$12/$10

The first film of its kind – exploring the art and history of sound in cinema through the first-hand accounts of the creators themselves.

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

If you have ever wondered how our most beloved films are able to pull us so immersively into the worlds they inhabit, the answer is probably at least 50 per cent sound.

From the iconic lightsabre sounds of Star Wars, created by Ben Burtt, to the innovative use of fruit in Psycho’s shower scene, sound designers are constantly using their auditory imagination to make us flinch, gasp or simply wonder in delight.

Join us for a live streamed Q&A with special guest and award-winning Australian sound designer Emma Bortignon (Tanna, The Turning) as we delve into the creative process of sound design, what makes it such a unique art form and how it shapes storytelling in film.

Emma has won two AACTA/AFI Awards: for her acclaimed work on the feature film Noise (2007) and the feature documentary Murundak: Songs of Freedom (2011). In addition, she has received numerous AACTA/AFI nominations.

Emma worked on the film Tanna, the first film to be shot entirely on location in Vanuatu. The NFSA will be screening Tanna on 12 September at 2.00pm.



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