ARTICLE: 5 Inspirational Quotes from Industry Veterans

We could all use a little more wisdom in our lives, so here are 5 great quotes from Hollywood sound veterans.

"By manipulating what you hear and how you hear it - and what other things you don't hear - you can not only help tell the story, you can help the audience get into the mind of the character." ~ Walter Murch - Apocalypse Now, The Godfather, The English Patient

"There's no excuse for having a mental or creative block in sound. You can just go out and collect things in the real world - they make the sound, not you. It's very restricting to always use a library for sound effects. It's much more interesting and freeing to go out and record new sounds because you never know what you're going to get." ~ Gary Rydstrom - Terminator 2, Jurassic Park, Finding Nemo.

"I've always found that when you're trying to create illusions with sound, especially in a science fiction or fantasy movie, that pulling sounds from the world around us is a great way to cement that illusion because you can go out and record an elevator in George Lucas's house or something, and it will have that motor sound." ~ Ben Burtt - Star Wars, Wall-E, Super 8.

“If a sound makes the audience think about somebody creating that sound then it’s the wrong sound.” ~ Dane Davis - The Matrix, Treasure Planet, Sinister.

"Having grown up a musician, I am avowed of the idea that all organized sound is music. I see my work in movies every bit a composition as those of Beethoven and the Beatles. I just happen to use dissonance, specious melodic content and arrhythmia to it's fullest advantage. My works are no less considered, designed, creative or manipulative. They just aren't hummable." ~ Mark Mangini - Fifth Element, Bladerunner 2049, Mad Max Fury Road.

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