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A Case Study of the End of the Analog Age





ISBN 9780367668112
Published September 30, 2020 by Routledge
412 Pages

 
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As film students and younger fans experience "Big Hollywood Sound" in Imax presentations and digital theaters, many are also discovering action and adventure movies made well before they were born. There is a legacy to be enjoyed in the sound of these films: Blockbuster movies of the ‘80’s, and ‘90’s are notable for the extraordinarily dramatic impact of their sound mixing, and the way in which it could immerse audiences in a surrounding space. During this period, a small group of sound professionals in Hollywood wrote and published a critical journal about the craftsmanship, new technology, and changing aesthetics that excited conversation in their community. Their work has been edited and compiled here for the first time.



David Stone is a sound editor, a veteran of roughly 100 Hollywood feature films, such as Gremlins, Top Gun, Die Hard, Speed, and Ocean’s 11. He was a Supervising Sound Editor for projects as varied as Predator, Edward Scissorhands, Beauty and the Beast, Batman Returns, City Slickers 2, and Dolores Claiborne. He has collected Golden Reel awards for Best Sound Editing five times, and won the 1992 Academy Award® for best Sound Effects Editing, for his supervising work on Bram Stoker’s Dracula. In 2015, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the San Luis Obispo Jewish Film Festival in California. Stone is now a Professor and former Chair of Sound Design at Savannah College of Art and Design. Between 1989 and 1994, he was the editor of Moviesound Newsletter, which was published by Vanessa Ament.



Dr. Vanessa Theme Ament is the author of The Foley Grail, and a contributor to Sound: Dialogue, Music, and Effects (the Silver Screen Series). She is on the steering committee for Cinesonika, an international film festival and conference. A veteran Foley artist, sound editor, and voice actor from Los Angeles, she also writes and sings jazz, and is a member of the American Federation of Musicians, SAG-AFTRA, Actors Equity, and the Editors Guild. She worked on Die Hard, sex, lies, and videotape, Platoon, Predator, Edward Scissorhands, Beauty and the Beast, Noises Off, and A Goofy Movie, and many other films. Dr. Ament received her Ph.D. in Communication, in the area of Moving Image Studies, from Georgia State University in Atlanta, and is presently the Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball Endowed Chair Professor of Telecommunications, at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.





 

Table of Contents



Reel One: Short Subjects: (Glossary, Trivia, Scoreboard); Reel Two: Exhibitionists (The Theater Beat); Reel Three: Sound Reports: (Notices, News Articles, and Big News); Reel Four: Rewinding (Articles, historical); Reel Five: Talking Pictures (Interviews); Reel Six: Active Listening (Reviews at the Movies); Reel Seven: Critical Listening (Reviews at Home); Reel Eight: Sound Thinking (Thoughts and Analysis); Reel Nine: Sturm und Drang (Editorial and Opinion); Reel Ten: Unsound Thinking (Humor); Reel Eleven: Reader Participation (Bag of Snail-Mail); Reel Twelve: Time And Tide (Concerns And Obituaries).

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Biography

David E. Stone is a sound editor, a veteran of roughly one hundred Hollywood feature films such as Gremlins, Top Gun, Die Hard, Speed, and Ocean’s 11. He was a supervising sound editor for projects as varied as Predator, Edward Scissorhands, Beauty and the Beast, Batman Returns, City Slickers 2, and Dolores Claiborne. He has collected Golden Reel awards for Best Sound Editing five times, and won the 1992 Academy Award® for best Sound Effects Editing, for his supervising work on Bram Stoker’s Dracula. In 2015, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award by the San Luis Obispo Jewish Film Festival in California. Stone is a now a professor and former Chair of Sound Design at Savannah College of Art and Design. Between 1989 and 1994, he was the editor of Moviesound Newsletter, which was published by Vanessa Ament.



 



Dr. Vanessa Theme Ament is the author of The Foley Grail and a contributor to Sound: Dialogue, Music, and Effects (the Silver Screen Series). She is on the steering committee for Cinesonika, an international film festival and conference that celebrates sound and music in film and video. A veteran Foley artist, sound editor, and voice actor from Los Angeles, she also writes and sings jazz, and is a member of several industry unions, including American Federation of Musicians, SAG-AFTRA, Actors Equity, and the Editors Guild. Some of the films Dr. Ament has worked on include Die Hard, sex, lies, and videotape, Platoon, Predator, Edward Scissorhands, Beauty and the Beast, Noises Off, and A Goofy Movie. Dr. Ament received her Ph.D. in Communication, in the area of Moving Image Studies, from Georgia State University in Atlanta, and is presently the Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball Endowed Chair Professor of Telecommunications, at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

Reviews

"The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a zine as, ‘a non-commercial, often homemade publication usually devoted to specialized and often unconventional subject matter.’ That describes well the intent and tone of Moviesound Newsletter — a labor of love that provided a much-needed platform for ruminating with interested others about post-production sound in the pre-Facebook, pre-blog era.

Hollywood Sound Design is much more than a simple compendium of old technologies and gossip from MSNL. The authors organize material by topic rather than chronology, and explanatory mini-essays place the excerpts in historical context. The subject is not sound theory, or how-to; the greater aim of the book is to provide an accurate historical record and inspiration for film historians, scholars and students of sound."

—Betsy A. McLane, "Sonic Echoes from the Pre-Digital Era," Cinemontage Magazine, June 2018

"Many believe that Apocalypse Now was the first popular film to open our ears to the possibilities presented by immersion in a listening environment. Once we transcended into the world of multi-channel distribution, many decisions had to be made, both creative and technical, that would influence how we experience the sonic world of a film. In Hollywood Sound Design and Moviesound Newsletter: A Case Study of the End of the Analog Age, David Stone and Vanessa Ament have gathered some of the great articles from Moviesound Newsletter, written by some of the seminal contributors to this creative process. This book is a must for those interested in understanding the progression of the storytelling process through the sound of a film that informs the use of film sound today."

—Peter Damski, C.A.S. (Cinema Audio Society); Emmy Award-winner for Sound Mixing for A Comedy Series or Special in 1994 and 1995, both for Mad About You

"Ever since The Jazz Singer