Coll Anderson on Documentary Sound Design

July 15, 2015 9:50am

We're all familiar with creative sound design for narrative films—from the buzz of a lightsaber to the roar of a T. rex. But what about the sound in documentary films? Is there a role for abstract sound to play when your film depicts real events?

In this new piece for the Dolby® Institute, leading documentary sound designer Coll Anderson discusses his approach to telling true stories with sound and his use of Dolby Audio™ to immerse the audience in the story. He walks us through a short clip from the much buzzed-about HBO® documentary The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, describing how the layers of sound contribute to our understanding of a story that may be literally true or may be in the main character's head.

He also talks about his work with Academy Award® winning filmmaker Errol Morris and about the evolution of sound design for nonfiction films.