I saw this this one zip by on Twitter… The BFI is hosting a presentation by Ben Burtt, the sound designer for the Star Wars movies. Now if I only lived in England.
Say what you will about the newer movies in the series, I remember clearly how stunned I was by the music and the sound of the original three films. John Williams became familiar to millions through his soundtrack music. But I remember the soundscape at least as much. And I remember seeing some of the behind-the-scenes documentaries showing Ben Burtt’s work on developing the sound effects.
In the early 80’s I read Dale Pollock book, Skywalking – The Life and Films of George Lucas. In it, Lucas mentioned that sound provided at least 50% of impact of a film. I thought this was surprising coming from a film maker. But he was right Luke… he was right. And of course the tech creations from Lucas/Burtt include THX, Skywalker Ranch studios, etc.
I’d love to hear comments from anyone who was able to attend.