Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Blog #3- MOMI Reflection by Maya Shor

I would like to start off by saying that the museum was actually very fun and interesting. There were many interesting and interactive exhibits that made me realize and understand things about motion picture that I never knew before. The demo I thought really opened my eyes to a small section of motion pictures that I gave very little credit to is sound editing. The educator we had demoed how important sound editing is with a scene from titanic. At first he only allowed the actor’s dialogue to be heard which sound so unnatural and odd because the video was devoid of background noise. Then he proceeded to add the sounds of water and splashing which began to sound better but something was still missing. Then the final step was to add the orchestral music arrangement which gave the scene the emotional impact which it lacked without the layers of sound.

In all honesty, I never knew how many layers of sound are needed to make a scene sound real. There needs to be background noise, but we have to hear the actors clearly and the weather plays a part as well. We also discussed how the noises in the scene were created. Obviously James Cameron did not have the actual size of a Titanic pipe splitting in half, so the sound engineers had to make up believable sounds. The sounds of ropes snapping were actually silenced gunshots, and the sound that the pipe made as it fell over was a whale sound. Incredible how the image and the sound sync up in our head because of the hard work and effort of the sound editors. The audience is able to experience the chaos of the Titanic sinking because the sound is built up of numerous layers. There needs to be splashing, and yelling, and running, and orchestral music to really get the feeling of trauma and danger and urgency. It is incredible how they put together the sound of this scene. I now look at sound editing in a whole new way and have respect for those who have mastered it and bring the audience to the emotional climax with sounds and music.

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