Francis Ford Coppola Talks About The Importance Of Sound

Director Francis Ford Coppola talks for Meyer Sound about sound, its evolution over the decades and how it has always played a key component in his filmmaking process:

‘We owned our mixing facilities and we were able to have control of the sound. By doing that we were able to give our film a tremendous amount of production value, people might not have known where it was coming from but it was coming from the soundtrack.’

Here is what Thinking Sound adds on their youtube page:

As early as the Apocalypse Now movie in 1979 when Francis Ford Coppola and sound designer Walter Murch pioneered a quadraphonic sound system for the film tour, Coppola has made sound and audio technology an important part of filmmaking, including building a dedicated mixing facility, American Zoetrope. In 2010, under the direction of Coppola, Zoetrope was turned into one of the first post-production facilities to install a Meyer Sound EXP cinema loudspeaker system on its rerecording stage and has since upgraded the other rooms to EXP. Tetro and Twixt are two of his movies that were mixed on an EXP system.

I always feel like sound is an underrated aspect of the filmmaking process, and couldn’t agree more with Coppola, it is a very efficient way to add layers of information and bring an extra something to a movie that is not as easily identifiable by the audience.

I found this video via an excellent new tumblr, Mouvement Beta, that I recommend you to check. Even though it is in French, it is redirecting you to very  interesting content often  in English.

[thanks to damien]

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