The Legend of Arts and Economics of Hollywood Movie Sound
2017-07-25  - Beijing

Professor Michael Kowalski

Associate Dean, Academic Affairs,

Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, Chapman University


18:30-20:30, Tuesday July 25th

Classroom 1, 2F, Tower E3, Oriental Plaza, Beijing

The presentation will provide a general overview of the current trends within the Hollywood movie industry and it will examine how economic considerations have played a key role in shaping the development of the art and craft of sound design for movies in Hollywood and beyond.

During the 7 years between 2009 and 2016, Professor Kowalski participated in the sound design of 11 films, mostly documentary. “The Bad Kids” premiered and won a special Jury Award at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

In 2014, sound design on "Rockaway After the Storm" explores the social and environmental impact that Hurricane Sandy had on the Rockaway Peninsula in New York.

Within the same year, he performed the complete sound design on "The Double Life of Li Xianglan” that explores the early life and multiple personalities of Li Xianglan, a Chinese-born Japanese actress.

The movie sounds, which was designed by Professor Michael in the area of documentary biography also include "Search and Destroy” . The documentary is about the legendary rock and roll career of Iggy Pop (and its band “Stooges”), who is known as the “godfather” of punk music.  Also, he did the complete sound design on "Ray Charles’ America" , which told a story of the singer Ray Charles’ and his music. It screened at the 2010 Amsterdam International Documentary Festival

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