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  1. The Ultimate Sound Technician

    November 6, 2013 by


    Justin Boyd: Sound and Time from Walley Films on Vimeo.

    Since we will soon be having a discussion about sound and how we as storytellers can use it in dramatic ways, I thought that this documentary short was really interesting. This guy uses sound in ways that most of us haven’t even thought of! Cheesy enough, it’s true. This video is also just very beautifully captured, so that adds to the awe-inspiring way that this character is enthralled with sound. What works for me in this piece is the combination between sound design and the amount of matched-action sequences in this video.

    The scene where Justin goes to collect audio at the train tracks is one scene that really stood out for me, due to the combination of attention-getting tracking shot as he walks up to the tracks, action shot of him putting the recording strip on the tracks, and then the reaction shot of his face and hands with the recording device. To me, it really worked to bring me into the action of this guy actually going out and recording such a large amount of audio to archive. I also really like the scene of Justin inside (with beautiful lighting) where he is going through old recordings. The scene begins with a dolly shot moving across the bucket of tapes as he chooses one to listen to. The sequences goes into another great sequence of matched action editing while Justin puts in a recording he made of his grandfather and then cuts to a cinematic camera movement of a “sweeping across the floor” to the character as he listens intently to this recording of his grandfather. To me, that is a powerful moment that was captured and expressed.

  2. Great sound and lighting_Summer Hatfield

    November 6, 2013 by

    FLIGHT. from a TWiN thing. on Vimeo.

    My inspiration this week is a video that is a good example of lighting and sound design. The opening scene is really well lit, without losing the sense that it is night. It has an almost mystical feel to it, which helps set the tone for the rest of the video. Throughout this video the filmmakers manage to maintain this consistently great lighting. What works well about the lighting is that because it has an almost muted, grey-ish tone to all of it, the glowing green of the shoes really stands out.

    The first sound we clearly hear is that of a radio. We hear it first, then a few seconds later we see the inside of the car where it is coming from. This is a good way to transition from one scene to the next. The sound effects throughout the whole video are great and effective at conveying flight. Starting at 1:20 we hear what is recognizable as an engine starting up while it shows a close-up of the shoes. They did an excellent job also of changing the volume of the sound to match the distance of the character.

    Overall the video really works to convey an idea of flight, which is defined in the caption as 1. the movement or trajectory of a projectile or object through the air 2. the action of fleeing or attempting to escape 3. an extravagant or far-fetched idea.

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