The Visceral Cinema of ‘Sound of Metal’ Was Rooted in an Immersive Set

The Visceral Cinema of ‘Sound of Metal’ Was Rooted in an Immersive Set
What does it feel like when your relationship to the world around you unexpectedly and dramatically alters? It’s a question “Sound of Metal” writer/director Darius Marder had to think through at every step of the process of telling the story of Ruben (Riz Ahmed), a recovering addict and hardcore drummer who loses his hearing.

While on the Filmmaker Toolkit Podcast, Marder and Ahmed discussed how the key to tuning the audience into Ruben’s experience was to first create an immersive and realistic experience for the actor on set. “It all boils down to the same thing, which is veracity,” explained Marder. “When we look upon truth and we feel truth. … I think we recognize something fundamentally human when that happens.”

To prepare for the role, Ahmed learned American Sign Language (Asl) and how to drum. He even wore a custom device in his ears that emitted white noise,
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