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Discuss the different sound features used in film to enhance continuity and narrative.

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Discuss the different sound features used in film to enhance continuity and narrative. Sound can be split into two main categories diegetic and non - diegetic. Diegetic sound is sound that is part of what is on screen this includes dialogue and sound effects that are created by a foley artist. All films will contain this type of sound, in the poker scene of James Bond 'Casino royal' (2006) a realistic environment has been created. This has been done by recording sounds separately; in the scene extras were asked to keep noise to a minimum. Sounds like talking and shoes clicking on the floor were added later either using library sounds or created by a foley artist. This is done because when the sound is being recorded originally all of the actor dialogue must be heard and understood no other sounds should get in the way distracting from the action. Non-diegetic sound is sound that is not on the screen this includes voiceovers and background music. ...read more.

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The theme is played in part during the middle of the film this gives the audience a taster of what is to come. The Bond theme is a safety net there to remind the audience that it is the same character no matter who plays him. The music that is created must fit the movie if it doesn't match then the movie would be hard to follow and the audience may be unsure of what exactly is happening. If the music in a scene is subtle like in the poker scene of 'Casino Royal' it creates tension this is done well. In this scene very little is said but the music and sound effects help create the mood for example the clicking of the chips shows that a character is nervous, this is added later in post production. This sounds helps the audience notice this nervous tick and understand what is happening in the scene even if they don't understand the game of poker. ...read more.

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Silence can also be used as a sound technique. If it is quiet before a loud explosion the audience are more likely to jump reacting in the way wanted by the film makers. Silence was used this way by the makers of 'Casino Royal' (2006). Silence can also be used to emphasise other sound elements in 'Once Upon a Time in the West' (1968) the sound is kept to a minimum during the scene on the railway station to emphasise the sound of the fly. This draws the audience into the scene and creates humour by emphasising the buzzing. In conclusion the sound in films makes up 50% of what the audience experiences. The sound adds to the experience of the film for the audience. It helps move the film along and helps the audience understand the narrative. Sound can create any feeing in the audience by clever use of music and sound in general. For example a slow melancholy tune can be played along images of someone crying and tearing up photos giving the audience a pretty clear sense of what is happening in the scene. ...read more.

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