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Sound Art: great Film Foley

by John Public
“I think what sound brought of value to the cinema was to complete the realism of the image on the screen. It made everyone in the audience deaf mutes.” -Alfred Hitchcock Music, dialogue, and sound effects can each do any of the following jobs, and many more: suggest a mood, evoke a feeling set a pace indicate a geographical locale indicate a historical period clarify the plot define a character connect otherwise unconnected ideas, characters, places, images, or moments heighten realism or diminish it heighten ambiguity or diminish it draw attention to a detail, or away from it indicate changes in time smooth otherwise abrupt changes… Read more

“I think what sound brought of value to the cinema was to complete the realism of the image on the screen. It made everyone in the audience deaf mutes.” -Alfred Hitchcock

Music, dialogue, and sound effects can each do any of the following jobs, and many more:

suggest a mood, evoke a feeling set a pace indicate a geographical locale indicate a historical period clarify the plot define a character connect otherwise unconnected ideas, characters, places, images, or moments heighten realism or diminish it heighten ambiguity or diminish it draw attention to a detail, or away from it indicate changes in time smooth otherwise abrupt changes between shots or scenes emphasize a transition for dramatic effect describe an acoustic space startle or soothe exaggerate action or mediate it

At any given moment in a film, sound is likely to be doing several of these things at once.

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