Making Waves:
The Art of Cinematic Sound
Directed byMidge Costin
Written byBobette Buster
Produced by
  • Bobette Buster
  • Karen Johnson
  • Midge Costin
CinematographySandra Chandler
Edited byDavid J. Turner
Music byAllyson Newman
  • Ain't Heard Nothin' Yet
  • GoodMovies Entertainment
  • Busterfilms
Release dates
  • April 29, 2019 (2019-04-29) (Tribeca)
  • October 25, 2019 (2019-10-25)
Running time
94 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States

Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound is a 2019 documentary film about the history of sound design in cinema of the United States. It is directed by Midge Costin.


Critical reception

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes wrote of the critics' consensus, "Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound pays an all-too-rare tribute to an aspect of filmmaking that's utterly fascinating but often overlooked." The website assigned the film an approval rating of 97%, based on 66 reviews assessed as positive or negative; the average rating among the reviews is 7.5/10.[2] The similar website Metacritic surveyed 12 critics and assessed 11 reviews as positive and 1 as mixed. It gave a weighted average score of 80 out of 100, which it said indicated "generally favorable reviews".[3]


  1. ^ Gleiberman, Owen (2019-10-26). "Film Review: 'Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound'". Variety. Retrieved 2020-07-09.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ "Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved October 30, 2021.
  3. ^ Staff. "Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved July 6, 2020.