No one can argue that Steven Spielberg is a fantastic filmmaker and has helped inspire a generation of filmmakers.Spielberg is part of the group known as “The Film School Generation,” Francis Coppola, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Brian De Palma to name a few. A group that tried to revolutionize American Cinema post-1960 ‘s, the rest is history as they say.
Evan Puschak better known as The Nerdwriter has created a Video Essay called ‘See With Your Ears: Spielberg And Sound Design‘. The 8-minute video takes a look at how design tells a story and how the legendary director uses sound.
We do know there are many elements to a film, from visuals, mise-en-scène, camerawork, lightning. There is sound too, which itself can take many forms from the score, organic sounds down to the dialogue. All playing an important of a film and this essay uses Spielberg’s 2005 movie Munich to showcase his mastery.
Their video focuses on one particular scene from the movie which demonstrates the importance of sound is manipulated to skewer the viewer’s perception. That scene sees Eric Bana‘s team in Paris attempting to assassinate a target via a bomb attached to his phone. The scene had very little dialogue, no music which heightened the tension, now See With Your Ears…
Steven Spielberg’s next movie, The Post starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks will be released in UK and Irish cinemas Friday, 19th January. Read our review.