Along with background music, sound effects play more of a role on the way we feel than many moviegoers think, and "although the function of sound effects is primarily atmospheric, they can also be precise sources of meaning in film" (Giannetti, 225). When the
Sound in movies can help the audience interpret meaning by signaling mental cues to help us form interpretations about a scene. Sound in movies often finishes what our eyes expect to see or expect to happen next. Sound can also pull a scene together and help our mind make sense of what we are seeing. The source of a sound means the location from which a sound came from. Diegetic sound refers to sounds within the world of the movie. These sounds are heard by both the actors and the audience. Diegetic sounds give the audience awareness to spatial and temporal dimensions within a scene. Diegetic sounds are sources that are understood to exist within the space presented by the action of the film. An example of a diegetic sound would be a baby crying
For example, in the film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Tim Burton uses non-diegetic music to point out emotions of the children when they are loose in the eatable room. By using music, Burton shows the children’s thoughts and emotion. Burton lets the viewer absorb a deeper understanding of each character. This also lets the viewer experience the candy room through each of the children perspective which creates a connection between the character and the viewers. Tim Burton also uses music and sound in the film Edward Scissorhands. When Peg makes her way into the garden of the mansion, Peg sees green and well design bushes of objects in the garden. This scene is companied by sounds of bells and strong presence of strings incorporated. These elements gives the viewer a childlike and romantic feeling. The music and sound playing the background can make the viewer feel warm in the inside and see Peg isn’t in danger. It can also make the reader why the garden is so nice and bright and the mansion looks dark and
To start my criticism, I am going to start at the fact that the whole fairy tale is based on beauty, starting from Snow White’s original mother wishing her child to have very specific things, and in doing so generalizing the word beauty. They portrayed the character of Snow White to be extremely naïve and stupid. She got tricked by her step-mother three times, while wearing three different old woman disguises. After Snow White woke up from the coffin, the prince fell in love with Snow White and immediately demanded that she marry him, portraying that woman are obedient to men. Snow White instantly agrees to the prince, portraying to the young, impressionable audience that a woman’s goal in life is to get married and be a housewife. Snow White is portrayed as very naïve, and that she cannot comprehend many matters other than cooking and cleaning. She got tricked by her step-mother three times, each
In addition to the practical work of recreating a soundtrack of a Wallace & Gromit clip, a learning report on the subject had to be submitted. The soundtrack needed to be created by using a type of sound design known as Foley. Other than that, dialogue, wild track and music had to be added as well. Afterwards, these sounds would be synced to the video track and adjusted accordingly. “Sounds are vibrations traveling through the air as sound waves” Apple Inc. (2010). “Big sound waves have what's called a high amplitude or intensity and we hear them as louder sounds” Woodford (2009). If we add more gain to the sounds of lower intensity we risk adding noise to them and ruining the recording, this is known as signal to noise ration.
For example, the people filming the movie sometimes had the camera far away, which would then make the lines that the characters said harder to hear. If the camera was too close to a character's face, it was displeasing to look at, like when Johnny was in the hospital. Also, when watching the whole movie, it was hard to concentrate on the actual movie because I was too distracted on the voices to music ratio. Typically in a motion picture, the music is lowered enough so that the lines can be heard, while having it be loud enough for the audience to hear it, and bring the point across that it's an important moment to have that type of music. To give an example, in Ponyboy’s dream, it was very quite, then all of a sudden, extremely loud music and sounds erupted as I struggled to cover my ears, and I couldn’t pay attention to what was happening on screen because of all the piercing noise! Then, when Ponyboy woke up it was all normal volume that barely transitioned. There were a lot of other scenes that did the same exact thing, such as when Johnny went to back to his house and the volume of the parents fighting in the background almost cancelled out the other important lines and music. There are other problems than this particular one, some being no music at some points when it was most likely necessary to get the emotions that the characters were feeling across, or when the characters lines and volume were so quiet that you could barely to not hear them at all, or when the outside wind was so deafening to pay attention to anything else. It was somewhat comical to me every time one of these moments occurred, because it seems the creators didn’t care enough to fix
It is usually pre-recorded and placed over the top of a film or video and commonly used in documentaries or news reports to explain information. Focusing on selected sounds can create tension, atmosphere, and emotion. It can also impart personality to film characters. Walter Murch (the doyen of sound designers) once described the character sounds (in a film he directed) as "coronas" which can magnify each character' s screen space. A figure who is associated with a particular sound (often suggested by his or her clothing), has "a real presence that is pervasive even when the scene is about something else or the character is off-screen."
The old version of Snow White contains dark and violent stories and harsh elements that were not proper for kids. However, the Snow White that is familiar today is very friendly and well adapted for children. The original story of Snow White is written by the Grimm Brothers in the 19th century at German. In several of the Grimms’ stories, it contains various odd scenes and violent parts. According to the Disney version of Snow White the queen tells the huntsmen to bring the heart of Snow in order to check whether she is dead or not. However, in the Grimm version of Snow White, the queen, which is the witch, sells a corset to Snow and makes her try on the corset and squeeze her by tightening it. Also, in the original version, it is not the prince’s
Even though the film is essentially a visual experience, the use of sound has become extremely important in modern film. The modern viewer hears a complicated soundtrack that is as meaningful as the image on the screen. Three elements comprise the film's soundtrack: the dialogue, the sound effects, and the musical score. The proper balance and mix of these elements produced the essential emphasis required, which created the desired effects. As explained by Joseph Boggs and Dennis Petrie,
Sound has music playing in the background that is either sad or happy. Sound is also used in video games when maybe a main character dies there would be sad music or in a movie when the protagonist prevails and defeats the villain there would be happy music which symbolizes how important that scene was. Like when you watch YouTube there might be scary music to show the seriousness of that video. Like for example when I watch Spongebob there is happy music in the scenes where spongebob and Patrick are playing.
Another aspect of sound in this film was how it affected the story. By using sound dramatically in certain parts and not using it at all in other parts, sound gave this story an entity of its own. For example, during long stretches of film with mostly dialogue, there was no music played in the background, only a phone ringing in the distance, or the men's voices during their deliberation. These long silences also took place during editing shots of the town and images that surrounded this German city. This dramatic difference in sound was a revelation of how mood can be made by images and sound put together to make an incredible component.
Everyone knows that when the queen discovers that Snow White’s beauty is greater than hers, she asks the huntsman to kill her. Finally, we all know that the dwarves take care of her until her death, at which point the prince comes to the rescue and awakens her with a kiss. These are all elements of the story that we come to expect when we hear the name Snow White.
While well-crafted sound design and sound effects are so very necessary in the creation of a film, music touches the emotion, the psyche, and the things you cannot see. Sound design and effects don’t do this nearly as efficiently and naturally. Without music it would be much more difficult to follow the emotional ups and downs of a film. (Freer)
Throughout the animation history, people have been constantly striving to achieve perfect realism. Walt Disney’s Snow white and the seven dwarfs (1937) is one of the earliest attempts in capturing realism and achieving the ‘life like’, introducing new techniques such as roto-scoping in characters and multiplane cameras to create 3 dimensional depth. Therefore there are many flaws regarding techniques, style and narrative despite how much effort and care was put into its making. The scenes when snow white meets the dwarfs, sings into the well, and when the Queen transforms into the evil witch; clearly demonstrates how realism is achieved and why impact the issue of realism. With reference to Paul Wells’ conceptions of ‘hyper-realism’ and ‘orthodox animation’, the issues of realism within the film will be discussed in the latter.