Seminar in Film Sound
11:07 minutes, colour, English
A film production student presents a seminar on the relationship between dialogue, musical score and environmental sound in the fiction film. During her presentation there are long periods of awkward silence where she pauses for thought or struggles to make her point, and these gaps produce attenuations of sound in the class and in the ear of the viewer. The film camera tracks around the speaker in ten timed revolutions, each pass behind the college chalkboard introducing new micro changes of behaviour in the room. The awkwardness is further complicated by the fact that the speaker's native language is not English, and that the single take we are watching is a reenactment of a prior event, the voice a re-recording of a recording. As the student overcomes her anxiety and delivers a rousing example of film sound (via Forrest Gump), speech, music and noise coalesce harmoniously, before falling back into distortion.
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