Sound Design: From Star Wars To Shark Week



This audio series explores the sounds you hear in movies, television, and radio--from Star Wars to Shark Week! For more, visit


  • Lions and Jellyfish!

    14/10/2011 Duração: 10min

    In this episode, meet award-winning Documentary Composer Lenny Williams, a classically trained musician who is as at home in the pit orchastra of the Kennedy Center as he is in a jazz club with DC go-go legend Chuck Brown. Listen as Lenny scores two documentary television scenes, and learn the musical difference between a lion chase and a jellyfish attack!

  • Shark Week!

    07/10/2011 Duração: 14min

    In this episode, meet Sound Designer and Producer Cheryl Ottenritter, and listen as she builds compelling promos for Shark Week and the Military Channel, sound by sound. Cheryl also discusses how her background as a musician helps her collaborations with soundtrack composers, and explains what does a sound designer does when what is on screen makes no sound of its own.

  • Episode I: Ben Burtt and the Sounds of Star Wars

    28/09/2011 Duração: 08min

    Meet Ben Burtt, Sound Designer for films like Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark and WALL-E. Learn how he comes up with sounds that complement the amazing things seen on the silver screen – from laser blasts to whirring, buzzing lightsabers. Find out the story behind some of his signature effects and how he first got interested in sound design.