Even the most rabid film buffs often omit their feelings about sound when describing why a particular film may or may not work – choosing instead to focus on other tenets like directing, editing and screenwriting.

However, a new analysis by Nerdwriter on Steven Spielberg’s usage of sound design in his 2005 film, Munich, reminds us that interpreting stories with our ears is as vitally important as what we experience with our eyes.

Claiming that audio is in fact the “puppet master” and wields all the power, the analysis points to key tenets like how sound informs point of view, proximity of speakers, and builds extreme tension through a less is more approach.

For more in-depth explanations of filmmaking techniques, check out how to direct like the pros.

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Words by Alec Banks
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Alec Banks is a Los Angeles-based long-form writer with over a decade of experience covering fashion, music, sports, and culture.