Writer: Steve Conrad
Director: Ben Stiller
Actors: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Jon Daly
Release Date: 25 Dec 2013
There are three basic categories of sound dialogue, sound effects and music. Dialogue is the way characters communicate throughout a film. Dialogue can be expressed in different ways such as formal, theatrical style even based on everyday life. Sound effects are more than just sounds created to add to the meaning of a scene. The use of sound effects of Foley and Walla are the tools that are used to build the entire film. Foley is a way to create natural sounding sounds. Wala is recording the sounds and the actual acting separately then piecing it together as a finished product. Music can be a score which is music that plays in the background and a soundtrack is a list of songs that played throughout the film. Both songs and scores can have specific places in the film and meanings as well.
I chose to the film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, in this film Walter Mitty is shy, quiet and keeps to himself. Sound is a way that helps build his character to a stronger, more courageous and risk taking individual. An example is the music it starts soft and simple score a then later in the film the music gets bolder and sharper a way to express his character change. When Walter Mitty discovers a word spelled out in the picture the score makes the scene express curiosity. An example of soundtrack is when Walter is sitting in the bar and he hears the song Major Tom this song gave him courage to take a risk and to step outside of his comfort zone. In this film I think that the sound effect method chosen was wala. This film has action scenes which would make it difficult to capture the natural sounds in the surrounding areas an example is when a crew of seamen were attempting to rescue Walter when he jumped into the ocean.
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