Film School: Sound Supercuts

Marie Havemann | https://composerly.com/viciousonic Marie Havemann | https://composerly.com/viciousonic

A collection of collections, showcasing the sound design of feature films.

Diegetic sound (i.e. sound from an on-screen source, or sound in the reality of the scene) is world all its own – as these video essays demonstrate.

As part of her video series 1.000.000 Frames, Candice Drouet‘s engaging supercut collects sounds across the films of Stanley Kubrick:

Jacob T. Swinney cuts, slices, chops, and crunches together sights & sounds across Quentin Tarantino‘s filmography (warning: this one, while great, is also graphically, viscerally violent):

Little White Lies has a series of supercuts of the sounds (and sights) across directors’ bodies of work. From that collection, here is Luís Azevedo‘s supercut of sounds from the films of Pédro Almodóvar:

Also via Little White Lies and Luis Azevedo comes this supercut of sounds from the films of Paul Thomas Anderson:

This stunning promotion for A Quiet Place (2018) showcases the film’s sound design (via Amazon Prime Video):

Further Listening

Silence is as important as, if not more important than, any other sound in a film – here’s a roundup of explainers and tutorials on just how much there is to hear when there’s “nothing” to hear in film:

A roundup of video essays about sound design in feature films: