Sound and film

UPDATED AUGUST 2017
(SEE ATTACHMENT ON ROLE OF SOUND BELOW, AT BOTTOM OF PAGE)

Sound and film - Media@ESF

Sound and film - Media@ESF




First, check out this fantastic example of sound analysis from Bordwell & Thompson, who are assessing the use of sound in Robert Bresson's 'A Man Escaped'



Second, watch this excellent 'making of' resource from the film Oblivion (d. Joseph Kosinski, 2013) on the use of sound.









Thanks to Aiden Chan - creator of some truly outstanding soundtracks here at SIS.


A very clever little example of sound rhythms recommended to me by one of my Pamoja online students, Jun Sekiya:



GREAT FOLEY ARTICLE

SOME READING...


Great article on SOUND

ANALYSIS OF APOCALYPSE NOW

The Art of Sound - Rene Clair essay (1929)

30 Master Composers of Modern Cinema

FilmSound.org - EXTREMELY useful!

Collected terminology from FilmSound.org with examples (work in progress)

Some theories about film sound; also a useful glossary


8 TIPS FOR MAKING YOUR FILM SOUND PROFESSIONAL FROM THE PRO'S

Characteristic sound: A characteristic sound is a sound perceived from the protagonist's point of view. This sound is deliberately done to give an in-sight to how the character feels. This can be done in different ways, the sound engineer may use a diegetic source of sound or a non-diegetic sound to enhance, heighten or emphasis a specific sound.

For instance- in 'The Matrix' (7:18 to 8:00 ) the computer says- Knock Knock Neo - therefore a very fast crescendo of a high pitch sound comes right before the big 'Knock Knock' sound on his door, hence communicates to the audience that Neo suspects that the anonymous person talking to him through his computer is knocking on his door conveying that Neo is scared.


Anempathetic Sound:
A sound that contradicts or is indifferent the emotion of the scene, usually diegetic sound.
example: the continuation of the shower sound after the female character's death in the shower scene from Psycho. The sound continues as if nothing happened, which adds eeriness to the impact of the scene.

On-Location Sounds

Sound recorded at the actual location of principal photography, whether on-stage at a movie lot or on-location.Background sound such as honking horns or shouting people or even the noises of the film crew itself can obscure dialogue or otherwise produce an effect that the director does not want in the sound of the film.






SOME VIEWING...


Extracts
Sound and film - Media@SIS
Film scores and sound designs; the creators explain

A bit of help with Soundtrack Pro

Remove unwanted sounds!

Signs

Opening Sequence- The Conversation

Avoiding Bad Audio

M (d. fritz Lang, 1931)

The Secret Art of the Film Soundtrack

AND SOME STUFF TO PLAY WITH...


Stock footage

Free sounds

Free music samples - good quality, creative commons licenses (ie, you can use 'em...)

And ... an expert speaks.


Murchie & Wong Video on How To be a Pro Sound Designer- VERY USEFUL

Professor Edward 'Soul Man' Murchie explains some of the principles of composing film scores here...

...And here

Finally - your creations



SIS SOUNDSCAPE/FOLEY CREATIONS 2012

The Poetry Task

2009 Sound Task- Hollywood v Dogma

Soundtrack work

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