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Tuesday’s are storytelling days and today we were discussing the integral part that sound plays in any production.

We looked at the interactive quiz game “You know Jack” with 2 students volunteers going up against each other in this fast paced, amusing game. With very limited animation the piece relies heavily on audio to succeed.

Sound is a very important part of any audio/visual production and it should be thought of as such. Here is a list of how sound may be used in a audio/visual piece:

  • Foley – SFX created
  • Dialogue
  • Atmosphere
  • Music
  • Narration
  • Effects – fade in/fade out/warp
  • Theme tunes – character identification
  • Incidental music – to highlight certain events

As an example we looked at the student film “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” with the sound off. We tried to guess what sounds would be used in the piece and guess what was actually happening in the film.

A production can be enriched by using off screen sounds and saving on animation.

Having looked at how sounds were used, Robyn then went on with the question of Why sounds are use in a production:

  • Anticipation of an action.
  • Enhance actions
  • Putting the audience in the right emotional state.
  • Increase richness and size of environment e.g atmosphere of a city.
  • Reinforcement of an action
  • change/reinforce POV
  • Give information
  • Off camera action
  • Suggest a different culture.
  • Change of mood
  • Contradition of image e.g “Apocalypse Now” Ride of the Valkyries
  • Creating contrast
  • Rhythm of music being the driving force of the piece.

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