Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound
Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound reveals the hidden power of sound in cinema and the unsung sound design pioneers - Walter Murch, Ben Burtt and Gary Rydstrom - along with the women and men who followed in their footsteps, whose creative breakthroughs have impacted many beloved films. Featuring insights and stories from iconic directors such as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, David Lynch, Barbra Streisand, Ang Lee, Andrew Stanton, Sofia Coppola and Ryan Coogler.
Screening of film is followed by a moderated post-film conversation with Director/Producer Midge Costin and Writer/Producer Bobette Buster, moderated by Claudia Puig, President of LA Film Critics Association.
Midge Costin (Director/Producer)
Producer and director Midge Costin is the Kay Rose Chair in the Art of Sound Editing, endowed by George Lucas and Steven Spielberg at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. Her film credits span 25 years, including Oscar-nominated Crimson Tide, Armageddon, and John Waters’ Cry-Baby, David Wolper’s Imagine, Amy Heckerling’s Look Who’s Talking Too, Kenneth Branagh’s Dead Again, and Michael Bay’s The Rock. Midge worked her way up editing sound when very few women were cutting FX in Hollywood. She lectures internationally on sound design and sound editng in Hollywood. A past Board member of the MPSE, and long-standing member of the Editors Guild, Midge directed the documentary short, Almost Home, PBS (1990). She received her B.A. from Smith College, and her Masters in Cinema Production from USC. Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound is her documentary feature debut.
Bobette Buster (Writer/Producer)
Bobette Buster 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, 10th 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” as the Visiting Faculty of Pixar Studios, Disney Animation, Catholic University of Milan, La Fémis (Paris) as well as Google (Dublin, London), the BBC, and Animation Ireland. Bobette holds a BS Speech from Northwestern University 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, as an Adj. Professor.