Famous film scenes you should watch to understand sound in cinema

Sound is an integral part of the film which is highly under appreciated. It is important to understand this art form and people behind it.

Here are few songs and sequences which one should watch to know and understand sound.

The Jazz Singer; ain’t heard nothing

The sequence is one of the most popular in film history known to be the First synchronized dialogue and music in a feature film. The image sound sync is not perfect due to the difference in frame rates but the fluidity of music and the protagonist seamlessly adjust with each other. The whole sequence is overpowered by the music even over dialogue. The sound of applause and praise are well tuned and organised throughout the clip. The first dialogue, “You ain’t heard nothing” seemed like a remarkable beginning of the sound films.

The Jazz Singer; Blue skies

In this sequence there is no ambient sound of the location and the music is dominating the whole sequence. Music continues in the background even over dialogues being delivered. The scene in which two people are portrayed the Protagonist’s voice is heard louder than the ladies meek responses. Also the camera frame shifts to a mid close of the protagonist whenever he starts singing, that is before and after the dialogue to lay emphasis on his enthusiasm and emotions on music. The camera movements are less and much of it is established through different magnifications of the same shot.

Hallelujah; Dance Scene

Through the clip the ambient sound of different objects in the scene is very evident, the muffled discussions of fellows, the organised working of a factory, the sound of elements in the misen scene as the camera shifts its subjectivity is a major achievement. Through this clip the dual essentiality of sound and visuals in establishing familiarity with a scene is made clear. A distant singing in the beginning which majorly seems non-digetic but contributes to the understanding of the digetic world. A perfect synchronization of taps and beats aids is flawless along with the dialogues which aid expression.

Hallelujah, Waiting at the end of the road

This particular sequence from the film Hallelujah seems to be talking musically. There’s realistic synchronization between visuals and sound and also a perfect blend of dialogues and music. The background music fades in non-digetically over dialogue and then amplifies with the starting of the song. The music is synchronized with on screen tunes and tools seeming to be emanating from a digetic world from the factory and the people playing instruments and beating tools. There’s also a lesser loud chorus singing behind the lead by major masses.

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