Philippe Ciompi (4/5)

Filmexplorer's Editing Collection | Season 1 (4/5)

Discussion with Philippe Ciompi

Philippe Ciompi is a renowned sound designer and editor who insists on the importance of going beyond a compartmental approach to film production. Good sound editing starts with grasping the global significance of the film project.

We live in a multi-layered soundscape that is constantly selected and organised according to our personal habits and interests; this is the reason Ciompi points to the necessarily constructive approach to sound creation and re-creation. The unpredictable, non-intentional aspects of sound constitute the ingredients of this creation.

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More specific aspects of the discussion:

The importance of collaboration: 4’33’’
The experience with the filmmaker Andrew Kötting: 5’58’’
Artistic signature and the question of the “visibility” of sound editing: 8’17’’
Horizontal and vertical sound editing – deconstruction and reconstruction: 11’00’’
The constructive aspect is fundamental: 13’58’’
The importance of creating a distance between sight and sound: 15’35’’
Methodological aspects: 16’18’’
Production issues and work segmentation: 18’42’’        
Walter Murch’s “Rule of Six” is only an inspiration: 21’07’’
The role of emotion: 22’47’’
Proposing a vision and not controlling the audience: 26’22’’
Improvisation is not just freedom but a way to convey life: 30’32’’
Question of the space of sound and the sound in space: 33’18’’
The exhibition space is not done for sound (with some exceptions, like by John Akomfrah): 36’14’’

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Sound excerpts from Eden Kötting’s film It’s All in My Mind (2015) and Andrew Kötting’s film Lek and the Dogs (2017)

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