Civil movement

Video interview with Bobbi Banks, sound editor of Women of the Movement

“Women of Movement” was a moving experience to supervise the sound editor Bobbi Banks “in many ways. Number one is for me personally, because I’m an interracial person, when I was younger I saw the KKK burn a cross on our lawn. It was around 1960. So, for me, it was a very personal part of the story, and just seeing how people have so much hate, it’s really hard to digest all the time. We spoke with Banks as part of our “Meet the Experts” panel of sound editors and TV mixers. Watch our exclusive video interview above.

The “movement” takes place just a few years before the personal incident that Banks recalls. In 1955, Emmett Till was kidnapped and lynched in Mississippi at age 14, sparking national outrage and spurring the civil rights movement. But this ABC limited series approaches the story from the perspective of Emmett’s mother. Grandma Till (played by Adrian Warren). It also happens to be directed entirely by black women, which “was really, really powerful for me because we don’t have that opportunity all the time, and especially for us to kind of tell our own story.” .

For the disturbing scene where Emmett is abducted from his uncle’s house in the middle of the night, “you want to try to create some tension with as little as possible. So there was a lot of wind that was used. We also wanted to focus on breathing because breathing can also bring tension. Footsteps walking from room to room… The tension is already there, but we just try to accentuate it a little more. The sound of cicadas also helped capture the atmosphere of rural Mississippi. “You just have to be really true to that environment in the 1950s.”

Along with her prolific work in film and television, Banks has also been a leader in her industry in the film academy and as president of the Motion Picture Sound Editors. “I love what I do,” she explains. But “people don’t know what we’re doing. They don’t know what a sound editor does, a sound designer, a sound editor, a music editor… The young people who arrive, they have so much talent. But they don’t even know these jobs exist,” so taking on a leadership role is one way to help raise awareness of the profession so more people enter the field. If you can see it, you can be it.

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