It took some time to get from successful Kickstarter project to actual documentary, but Beep is finally here. Written and directed by game scholar Karen Collins, Beep certainly is comprehensive due to its very detailed and unabashedly technical approach to discussing the history of game sound, and countless of game composers and other audio wizards have been interviewed. There's many insights and anekdotes here which create a fascinating overview of what game audio entails as the result of a complex…
Essential viewing for those interested in (the history of) special effects, but nevertheless a rather straightforward documentary. The most poignant part comes near the end, where directors and sfx artists influenced by Harryhausen discuss (lament?) the current state of CGI, which through overkill is in danger of removing the “special” from special effects. To quote Harryhausen himself, “you can’t have an explosion every five minutes in Greek mythology”.