(Ch. 5) Sound Advice

The GWU Film Critic

“What we hear on screen gives auditory clues to our brains and works in concert with what we actually see, and in essence, that unique collaboration provides meaning for the viewer.”

– Benny MacGyver, Award-winning film sound designer

The importance of understanding sound design and the use of music is something that directors think about in nearly every stage of the filmmaking process (pre-production, production, and post-production). Many directors know exactly which composer or music director they want attached to a film before they even sign on the key cast members. The also have an understanding about the atmospheric sound they want as well.

Film sound can come in many forms and fashions; let’s take a look (and listen).

There are four types of sound used on film:

  1. Vocal (dialogue and narration)
  2. Environmental Sounds (ambient, sound effects, and Foley)
  3. Music
  4. Silence

To fully appreciate the “Art of Sound” take a…

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