|What effect has sound on a film?
Victoria Wood :
WHY are you not concerned with the dialogue?
Often an off camera voice can instantly convey to the audience an sudden change in the scenes mood. We can go from a gay, happy scene to frightening horror when a blood curdling screem suddenly explodes. In short, sound alone can tell a story.
Story telling was around since man learned to speak a common language. Then there was radio drama; human dialogue with music and efx.
Your question is one which is commonly asked when studying films philosophically speaking. As Carl said the spoken voice in a soundtrack is frequently in most conventional films, the driving force behind the story telling.
However, the one aspect which you should always remember in your research is that ultimately there are no rules in the creation of a track (discounting the technical requirements of course). The most recent and positive viewpoint about sound is that it works utterly and completely in conjunction with picture and visa-versa. The two should be seen as interacting as seamlessly as possible to create a whole, regardless of the individual components. It is vital to remember this.
Separatism amongst the various creative aspects of film making will
always be around on a professional level, however this should never be
apparent to any audience. They as observers are granted the right (by pure
nature of their position) not to have to be exposed to the fractionalism
inherent in any creative medium.
efx = sound effects
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