• Coll Anderson on Documentary Sound Design

  • The filmmaker talks to the Dolby Institute about his work on the HBO miniseries The Jinx and his collaborations with filmmaker Errol Morris.

  • Coll Anderson says a film's story and visuals guide the designer to "refocus reality" for the viewer.

    • Telling Stories Through Sound: Documentaries

      We're all familiar with creative sound design for narrative films—from the buzz of a lightsaber to the roar of a T. rex. But what about the sound in documentary films? Is there a role for abstract sound to play when your film depicts real events?

      In this new piece for the Dolby® Institute, leading documentary sound designer Coll Anderson discusses his approach to telling true stories with sound and his use of Dolby Audio™ to immerse the audience in the story. He walks us through a short clip from his Emmy nominated work for the much buzzed-about HBO® documentary The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, describing how the layers of sound contribute to our understanding of a story that may be literally true or may be in the main character's head.

    • "When I approach sound for a documentary film, what I look at first is story … I will go as far as I can in terms of creating what is honest to the story."


      Coll Anderson

    • He also talks about his work with Academy Award® winning filmmaker Errol Morris and about the evolution of sound design for nonfiction films.