The “click” of a door being opened may simply serve to convince the audience that the image portrayed is real, and the audience-may only subconsciously note the expected sound.
However, if the “click” of an opening door is part of an ominous action such as a burglary, the sound mixer may call attention to the “click” with an increase in volume; this helps to engage the audience in a moment of suspense.
Non-diegetic sound is sound that which takes place outside the world of the story.
It is usually placed on later in the post-production process e.g. music and soundtrack.
Such sounds are included so as to provide an appropriate emotion or mood and they may also add to the realism of the drama.
Foley is the reproduction of everyday sounds for use in filmmaking. These reproduced sounds can be anything from the swishing of clothing and footsteps to squeaky doors and breaking glass. The best Foley art is so well integrated into a film that it goes unnoticed by the audience. It helps to create a sense of reality within a scene. Without these crucial background noise, movies feel unnaturally quiet and uncomfortable.
The use of voice over is generally used in TV drama as a narrative device
This is first person narration .
The voice over can also allow us information about the central character and build his/her representation
They can also allow privileged information – so sometimes we will know more than the other characters on screen- which creates drama!
Narrative Devices = Elements that help explain the narrative (story/plot) e.g. voice over, captions and extended dialogue Task: Watch the opening of Life on Mars – what do we learn in the first two minutes about the narrative?
Dialogue/Speech: Modes of Address Direct Address
Direct address = when the characters on screen directly address the audience.
It is an alternative to the voice over.
This is rare in TV drama but when used
can create humour or can act as a
narrative device , giving us more
information about the narrative.
It tends the break the verisimilitude of the drama and stops the action taking place. (Breaking the 4 th wall.)
This Incidental music is used to add emotion and rhythm to a drama. Usually not meant to be noticeable.
it often provides a tone or an emotional attitude toward the story and/or the characters depicted.
In addition, background music often foreshadows a change in mood . For example, dissonant music may be used in film to indicate an approaching (but not yet visible) menace or disaster.
Incidental music may aid viewer understanding by linking scenes. For example, a particular musical theme or sound motif associated with an individual character or situation may be repeated at various points in a text in order to remind the audience of ideas (think the Bond theme in Bond films or Indiana Jones films.)