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99% Invisible: Sounds Natural

May 26, 2018

Of course, there’s some level of illusion in all film-making, even in nature documentary film. Filmmakers choose their shots and edit footage to form a narrative. In some cases, these illusions can help tell the truth about animals, but not always.  Filmmakers sometimes lure wildlife closer to the cameras or harass animals to get them to do something exciting.  

99% Invisible: All In Your Head

Jul 16, 2015

On the July 17, 2015 edition of 99% Invisible.

Disasters often befall the Golden Gate Bridge. You know, in the movies.

This story originally aired on September 18, 2014.

Illustration by Sasha O. http://itsfuntoknow.tumblr.com

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Womens Audio Mission


Picture a scientist in a white lab coat holding a test tube up to the light. Or a brilliant computer geek hunched over a keyboard. These are stereotypes we associate with STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. But there are a lot of industries involving STEM skills that don’t fit those stereotypes.

Interview with a sound editor: The art of the real

Feb 20, 2014

 Jen Ralston is a sound editor for film and television, with credits on everything from The Big Lebowski, to Hedwig and the Angry Inch, to David Simon’s HBO series The Wire and Treme. While a lot of her work involves creating sounds to match the action we see on the screen, her work also sends her out into the field to make sure all the sonic details of a place are as realistic as possible.