Creating Maria - Masterclass Ben Burtt 2017
Legendary sound designer Ben Burtt (Star Wars, Wall-E, Indiana Jones) prepared some fairly challenging homework for the participants of his 2017 Masterclass in Hamburg. The task was to create a sound track to a 3-minute clip from the silent movie ‘Metropolis’. Ben’s brief was as follows:
With regard to the METROPOLIS clip, here is my briefing: Metropolis is a silent film and thus this clip represents an opportunity to attach a wide variety of sound and/or music to interpret the drama. I am open to a wide variety of possibilities and the students should feel free to express themselves from the heart. You could try and be completely realistic with sound or you could be very abstract and impressionistic. You could just create music. Whatever you do, the objective is to tell a story with sound that has a beginning, middle, and end. You should establish a mood, then add sounds in to create a crescendo and ultimately some sort of resolution. I imagine that the sounds, if heard by themselves, would tell a story or at least have a dramatic profile as well.
Ben Burtt, May 2017