• Movie Magic for the Eyes and Ears

    Sound and Picture Create a Magical Journey in Silent

  • With a goal to represent the evolution of film technology, Dolby partnered with Moonbot Studios to create Silent, an animated short film that tells the story of two street performers' fantastical experience inside an old movie house.

  • Silent: An Animated Short

  • The silent film era brought people to movie houses with the promise of a radically different type of entertainment than the usual diversions of the day. Watching "moving pictures," even without sound, was a novel concept that shocked those early moviegoers, causing some to believe the action on the screen was really happening live. Today, cinema technology has come a long way, and we still find ourselves engrossed in the stories that unfold before us on the big screen.

    To represent this evolution of film technology, Dolby partnered with Moonbot Studios to create Silent, an animated short film that tells the story of two street performers' fantastical experience inside an old movie house. Moonbot Studios, cofounded by celebrated children's book author and Academy Award® winning filmmaker William Joyce, was a natural choice to partner with Dolby, according to Bob Borchers, Chief Marketing Officer, Dolby Laboratories. "Working with Moonbot really is the perfect complement of our technology with the best of storytellers," Borchers said.

    Silent director Brandon Oldenburg was equally complimentary on the opportunity to produce the film with Dolby Atmos® technology. "Dolby Atmos is a filmmaker's dream," said Oldenburg. "You can precisely position sounds anywhere you want them in a theatre."

    "Sound is one of those things now that really binds you into that world (of movies)," William Joyce said. "It envelops you completely. It takes you from the flat plain in front of you to literally surrounding you. There's nothing else like it."

    Watch Silent now to see sound and picture combine to create an amazing, immersive experience.

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  • "Sound is one of those things now that really binds you into that world (of movies). It envelops you completely."


    William Joyce, Cofounder, Moonbot Studios