Sound in film has a..
(1) Narrative role
Direct Narrative role
Subliminal Narrative role
Herein lies the key to an important storytelling
power of sound
The most direct example this effect is
often the film score. Heard in isolation, the actual score played with
the film often do not make much sense. The music is deliberately written
to enhance the mood of a scene and to underscore the action not as a foreground
activity, but a background one. The function of the music is to "tell"
the audience how to feel, from moment to moment: Soaring strings mean one
thing, a single snare drum, another.
(2) Grammatical role
Sound plays a grammatical role in the process of film making too. For instance if sound remains constant before an after a picture cut, the indication being made to the audience is that while the point of view many have changed, the scene has not shifted - we are in the same as before. So sound provides a form of continuity or connective tissue for films. In particular, one type of sound represented several ways plays this part. Presence and ambience help to "sell" the continuity of a scene to the audience.
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Interview by Kimberly Jaynes
This page was made 20 february 1999
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