Sound -overview of sound in film

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definitions and use of sound in film

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Sound -overview of sound in film

  1. 1. Sound alters the way that we interpret the text: We read the visual image in relation to what we hear Listen carefully………………
  2. 2. This is the sound heard by the characters within the film world (diegesis) •Ambient sound (background noises -they create atmosphere ) e.g. footsteps, traffic, birds, wind, voices, machinery etc •Dialogue (conversation or character speaking aloud) •Sound effects (synchronised to the action) e.g. gun firing, door slamming, car screeching etc… •Music (within the film world) e.g. playing on a CD player, TV set, band etc…
  3. 3. This is the sound heard by the audience but not and not by the characters •Sound Track (music played to create atmosphere for the viewer) •Narration / Voice over (voice added to give information to the viewer – may be the character’s thoughts heard only by the audience) •Sound effects (additional sounds that help create the atmosphere / build tension for the viewer)
  4. 4. This can be a conversation between characters or a direct address to the audience We can learn a lot from what is said – how a character speaks to another for example (tone of voice as well as what they say) -Why is the following voice over necessary for the audience viewing? “Life on Mars” – Sam Tyler –Title Sequence http://estream.reigate.ac.uk/View.aspx?ID=1417&cID=253&f rom=search
  5. 5. This can add atmosphere and enhance the viewing for the audience. A thriller for example might have music that builds tension and suspense Watch how the music is used in this sequence – when we see the car and then when we are introduced to the characters - “Ashes to Ashes” – To the rescue 1980s http://estream.reigate.ac.uk/View.aspx?ID=3969&cID=600& from=search
  6. 6. Or asynchronous sound is when what is heard does not match the visuals seen Watch the visuals without the sound / listen to the sound without the visuals how does it affect the viewing when put together? “Face Off” http://estream.reigate.ac.uk/View.aspx?ID=2349&cID=592&f rom=search
  7. 7. Or asynchronous sound is when what is heard does not match the visuals seen Synchronous when the sound is “in synch” with the visuals e.g. when the dialogue matches the speaker “Hitchcock” example of asynchronous sound of train at the end of the clip when we see the woman http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mhp5SpTxQw8&list=PL77 3E2ABC56B3764B&index=9
  8. 8. A sound bridge is where the sound / music carries on into the next scene •Note where the music becomes diegetic / non-diegetic? •When is it parallel or contrapuntal? •See how it creates a sound bridge “Se7en” http://estream.reigate.ac.uk/View.aspx?ID=1348&cID=593&f rom=search
  9. 9.  How might you describe music? Dark, foreboding, ominous, deep, low, heavy, Threatening, menacing, melancholy, slow, Orchestral, single instrument, bright, light, High, cheery, sad, choral, angelic, heavenly, Excitable, bubbly, fast paced, staccato, Erratic, thunderous, crescendo, builds, Develops, changes, loud, quiet, soft . . .

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