Thursday, April 10, 2014

MOMI visit- Keiko Yara

My experience at the Museum of Moving Images was very entertaining and informative. It was my first time visiting this museum and whole experience was a lot more fun than I had thought it would be. The demonstrations from the educator made me realize that there is so much more to a movie than just the visuals. One of the demonstrations that we saw was the sound elements from a scene in Titanic. It is not just about the dialogue from the script, it is also about the extra sound effects and the music score paired to the scene. The extra bits of sound are what make an epic scene from a movie believable. It is all about layering different sounds with dialogue and music to set the atmosphere. The way that different sounds are created is also an interesting process. The imagination takes us a long way with sounds. The sound of a person falling can be recreated by dropping heavy books, a heavy sandbag or a bag of potatoes. The sound of aluminum crunching can be recreated by crunching a can. Sometimes extra sounds are added that the audience did not know it even needed. For example the the sound of a punch in movies is exaggerated much more to add a dramatic effect. These extra sounds are there to fill space and add emphasis to any given action. Overall the experience was very fun and I know I will be going back in the future. 

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