For this week’s blog I am going to talk about sound. There are three basic category of sound. You have dialog or narration, then there’s music, and last there’s sound effects. I looked in different places for the best way to describe what each means. I did find one. It’s from http://webpages.acs.ttu.edu/sbaugh/soundmaster.htm so I don’t mess it up I will use their words.
1. DIALOGUE/SPOKEN WORD
- narration; while the camera can act as a narrator as equally as any other film concept or technique, oftentimes, a film will use a traditional narrator, usually a character involved in the action of the narrative. Voice/over (v/o) is a term reserved specifically for dialogue that is presented without the person speaking visible.
- Word choice and semantics. just as in any literary work that takes advantage of narration, a film reading pay close attention to the words themselves as words (denotation and connotation)
- Words can have symbolic or poetic meanings as well based on how they sound. In the English language, the word “rough” has a sort of rough sound to it, while something like “boing” has a playful, onomatopoetic value to it.
- Dialogue can have a subtext that alters the denotation. (Consider how some new lovers can talk about the most mundane and innocent matters, and actually be referring to their romance.)
- Cinematographic effects such as slow-motion, fade outs, etc. can be used in an aural capacity as well.
- Consider formal and theoretical properties of music as music (tempo, rhythm/pace, tenor, key, pitch, volume).
- Lyrics that are part of the music can work like dialogue.
- Ambient music generally refers to the types of music we would expect given the tone and context of the scene. Romantic music makes sense in a French restaurant, even if we do not see the band or orchestra performing.
- Instrumentation often can provide symbolic meanings based on the types of sounds and the arrangements.
- Often music can supplement the meanings of the action provided by the visual information. Consider music that coincides perfectly in synch with action; cartoons do this in a playful sort of way with a technique called mickey-moussing. Consider also music that slightly foreshadows or slightly shadows an action revealed through the visual information. Between and among scenes in sequences and among intercut scenes in parallel editing, music can “bridge” the theme of the narrative form one part to the next. A recurring musical piece, in fact, is called a motif.
- Pay special attention to how the apparent meanings from music can actually work in ironic counterpoint to the meanings provided by visual information.
3. SOUND EFFECTS
· Noise, All those sound elements that do not fit in either category of music or dialogue fit into this catch all category.
· Sound effects are more specific and patterned than music, but less specific and patterned than dialogue. So, a bell ring can be as literal as spoken dialogue (“hey, wake up–it’s time to get to work.”) and more tactful and perhaps interesting, while being more literal than the suggestion offered by a complementary musical presentation.
· Sound effects can have a musical quality, and so can carry the strengths of music.
So I am going to use the movie Tangled. Watch Tangled Online – Find Full Length Movie and Trailers, I chose a cartoon because I think it harder to do the sound than a normal movie. In a regular you have the characters do the talking in a cartoon the characters are animated and you have to match the part of the movie with the voices of the people that are playing the part of the animated characters.
For starter you have the voices of the characters, they talk and sing as well, so that is the start of the music. You then have music throughout the movie. In this movie you have the conversations of the people, you have also had a narrator of and on in the movie especially in the begging to fill in the pre story of where they plan to start. The director also has to fit in all the sound effects as well. In this movie if you do not have all the different parts of the sound in this movie you would have no movie? The voice over is much needed then you have the sound effects. You need though so you can have the feel of what you are watching. The only one you could get away with not using is the singing of the character. That is only really needed in musicals. The main genre is animation then its fantasy. You have to watch it and have the whole effect to see what genre it is. I think it all depends on the movie if you should have expected or unexpected sounds. With this one you need a little bit of both to make the movie as good as it is.
So let’s look at it like this. Say you take all the sounds effects out you leave the talking and had just the music. You would not know the wind is blowing unless you can really see it. If you are watching the part with him getting hit with the frying pan you would not see how hard he gets hit. That for me would cause a big problem. I would not be able to get in to. it would not be worth watching. http://content.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,2033166,00.html is the reason I chose to write about tangled. It reminds me of a paper I had to write about the princess complex, and how I felt about it. It caught my attention again and made me think how it would be to use this movie in an assignment.