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Storytelling with sound effects – with Mark Mangini & Richard L. Anderson

Learn how renowned feature film sound artists approach the creative use of sound effects as a narrative tool.

Sound is half of the movie experience. Directors including George Lucas and David Lynch have said so themselves. And if you’re reading the Pro Sound Effects blog, I’m likely preaching to the choir.

But what does that really mean in practice? How does the soundtrack become more than just what you hear accompanying the picture?

ProSound Effects sat down with Academy Award®-winning sound editors Mark Mangini (Blade Runner 2049, Mad Max: Fury Road) and Richard L. Anderson (Being John Malkovich, Edward Scissorhands) to discuss how they use sound effects to tell stories. Discover how storytelling extends from their sound philosophies and into their film projects – including a time the narrative use of sound went so far as to creep out Tim Burton…

Watch the video above, and see below for sharable quotes from Mangini and Anderson.

Storytelling remains a pillar of our efforts as we continue developing Mangini and Anderson’s personal sound library into intuitive, accessible general libraries for sound artists everywhere. These world-class sound effects have been imbued with narrative purpose from the moment they were captured all the way through editing, cataloging, and showing up as results in your keyword searches.

Check out our first release curated from the life’s work of Mangini and Anderson – The Odyssey Collection: Essentials – available now. And keep an ear out for more Odyssey releases to come!

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