MAKING WAVES screening with Q&A @ SSFF2020

The SHORT SOUNDS FILM FESTIVAL presents “MAKING WAVES: THE ART OF CINEMATIC SOUND” on February 27th with a post-screening Q&A featuring the movie’s Writer and Producer Bobette Buster.

Making Waves reveals the hidden power of sound in cinema and our lives. Through film clips, interviews and verité footage, the film captures the history, impact and creative process of this overlooked art form through the insights and stories of legendary directors such as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, David Lynch, Barbra Streisand, Ang Lee, Christopher Nolan, Sofia Coppola and Ryan Coogler, and the sound men and women with whom they collaborate.

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 Making Waves, we see and hear from the key players of sound design, including multi-Oscar winners Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now), Ben Burtt (Star Wars) and Gary Rydstrom (Saving Private Ryan).  In pursuing their art and desire to push the medium, these are the very people who will go down in the history of cinema as developing sound into the immersive storytelling force it is today. Audiences will discover many unsung collaborators for the key creative artists they are, in a domain that has for too long been characterised as “technical.”

After the screening Writer and Producer Bobette Buster will talk about the movie. Bobette is a Professor of the Practice of Digital Storytelling, Northeastern University (Boston), and the author of “DO STORY: How to Tell Your Story So The World Listens” (2013, Chronicle Books US), now in its 9th printing, and “DO LISTEN: Understand What’s Really Being Said, Find A New Way Forwards” (2018, Chronicle Books US). Bobette’s lectures on “Sound + Storytelling” and “Deconstructing Master Filmmakers” have been held at the Visiting Faculty of Pixar Studios, Disney Animation, Catholic University of Milan, La Fémis (Paris) as well as many film and business programmes worldwide. In addition, Bobette leads workshops on “How to Tell Your Story So the World Listens” to corporations in-house, including Google (Dublin, London), the BBC, and Animation Ireland. Bobette holds a BS Speech from Northwestern University (Evanston) and an MFA from the University of Southern California’s Peter Stark Producing Program. She worked as a creative story executive in Hollywood for Tony Scott, Ray Stark and Larry Gelbart, while also creating the first MFA course for Feature Film and Television Development at USC, where she was an Adj. Professor from 1992 -2015.