“ Sound of Metal ” production designer Jeremy Woodward credits the script for informing his designs on the Amazon film that follows a heavy metal drummer, Ruben ( Riz Ahmed ), who loses his hearing. “The script is really very smartly written,” Woodward says of the screenplay by Darius Marder , who also directed, and his brother Abraham Marder during Gold Derby’s Meet the Experts: Film Production Design panel ( watch above ). “There’s a lot of ways where the settings as the movie progresses are talking back to Ruben’s journey of losing his hearing and the way different settings reflect where he is and can participate in this storytelling in sort of more or less overt ways.” Indeed, in a film in which characters literally do not say a lot, its visuals communicate much of Ruben’s arc and struggles as he learns to cope with his new reality. Before everything changes, he’s a rock star on the road, living in an RV with his bandmate and girlfriend Lou ( Olivia Cooke ). The vehicle is overflowing with their equipment, pictures, posters, clothes — their life. “For me, the RV was a really great opportunity to do a really careful bit of portraiture to really create a setting that compresses all the aspects of Ruben’s and Lou’s lives,” Woodward explains. “There’s music, there’s their lives together, their travel. You’ve got aspects of the outside world with clippings. … It’s fun to do settings that are organized and planned and […]