Duke of York's Picturehouse, Brighton, United Kingdom | Photo by Jake Hills
Everyone, at some point, has been inspired by sound and music in films. Not everyone, however, has chosen to follow that inspiration to a prolific career in sound design. These four post-production pros help shape viewers’ experiences through all things auditory, and were kind enough to share with us some of their personal key moments of inspiration.
From the sonic poetry of Apocalypse Now, to the battle sounds of Forrest Gump, to the creative musicality of sound effects in Delicatessen, here are some essential audio moments of film history, as chosen by some landmark sound engineers of film today.
Scott Martin Gershin (Nightcrawler, Pacific Rim, American Beauty)
“The two movies that set me on my path as wanting to be a sound designer were Apocalypse Now and The first Star Wars movie. What I loved and was inspired by on Apocalypse Now was "how" the sounds were used. The use and choices of sound that told a story and wasn't always literal to what you saw. How sounds were used symbolically, emotionally.
“The second was Star Wars. It introduced a new palette of memorable iconic sounds that defined a genre. It was ingenious on how they were made and how it supported the picture. Since those films, there have been dozens of other films that have and keep inspiring me. I love to keep trying new things both technologically and using different types of techniques. I think it is important to start with a blank canvas and let the project tell you what it needs. How the story wants to be told.” —Scott Martin Gershin