Outside the Theater: Studying Soundís Importance
Soundtracks often carry a movie. Because they can provide a continuous ground (whereas image tracks are edited), they can hide a multitude of cutting-room errors.
To see how the soundtrack welds a film together, re-watch part of any one of the movies weíve viewed so faróbut this time with the sound off. Then, try the same thing with your favorite television sitcom. This is also a great way to study editing.
After youíve done that, letís extend this experiment in psychological concentration: with the sound still off, watch the film (or the sitcom) and purposely look away from the on-screen speaker. Look at the other people in the shot, not at the focus of attention.
Please post your responses to the following questions on the class message board.