Sounds of Silence: Gordon Hempton Essay

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Our world is full of sound whether it’s the birds whistling in the morning, the leaves crunching under the feet of a squirrel, or the wind whirling around you. Gordon Hempton doesn’t take these sounds for granted like we do; he cherishes them and records them all as they happen. In 2003, he had lost his hearing suddenly and suddenly it recovered completely, causing him to have a newfound love for the sounds of our world. This video clip shows Gordon recording and capturing the sounds of nature and trying to make a difference in saving the natural quiet of national parks, and getting people to listen. This video is told from a third-person point of view, with first person accounts from Gordon himself. If this topic was something that the…show more content…
Personally, I found that first sequence very bothersome, but after I thought about it more, I began to realize that was the exact purpose and intention of the videographer. The first scene allows the viewer to get an idea of how irritating and noisy our world actually is compared to the quiet of nature. The next clip is of Gordon walking through the snow, which gives a mental image of walking away from the noise into the nature and peacefulness, which works very well in this video. Auditory aspects, such as natural sound, interviews, and voiceovers, are all used to add to the story. Natural sound is very prominent in the video from very beginning with the sound of the city to the sound of a jet flying over the national park. Because this video is about the natural quiet and sound in the parks, using this natural sound immensely strengthens the video and helps place the viewer in the setting. There are also clips of Gordon being interviewed in the video; however, they are not traditionally set up. He is talking about a topic, but while he is in action and not just sitting in a chair in some room. He is doing what he is talking about. The reporter also adds voiceover throughout the story as well to unite and continue the flow of the video. Through the use of different shots, varied angles, and subjects, the videographer was able to create continuity and compress hours of footage into a continuous flowing five-minute clip. One visual element used to compress time and

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