THE THREE BASIC CATEGORIZES OF SOUND
Dialogue which are conversations that happen between two or more characters within the film.
Sound effects are an enhancement of sounds. Such sounds can be thunder, explosion, and shootings. These sounds are intended to enhance the action in films. In Films: From Watching to Seeing it states, The bone-crunchingly loud, theater-rattling explosions serve one purpose only: to enhance the action. The sound of these explosions simply does not allow the audience to passively watch the film; it serves instead as a rush of adrenaline (Goodykoontz, & Jacobs, 2014).
Music serves many purposes when played in a film. Connections can form between viewer and character, the views get an insight into the emotions of the character, and music can give the audience a clear idea on what will take place in a scene. According to Film: From Watching to Seeing points out the importance of music in film, Any good filmmaker knows how important music is to the success of a film. We will examine the use of score and soundtrack and their effects on movie making, and we will see how contemporary films could not exist without them (Goodykoontz, & Jacobs, 2014).
Categorizes of sound in The Godfather
In The Godfather dialogue is present throughout the movie.It states in Functions of dialogue in narrative film, dialogue also serves important functions within a film’s story. Those who seek to minimize the value of dialogue have underestimated how much it contributes to every aspect of narrative film (Filmreference.com, 2014). For instance, in the conversation between Vito and Michael. When Vito expressed to Michael that he didn’t want him to be a part of the Corleone crime family. In this specific dialogue the character talk in a way that ultimately seem real. Like a real life conversation. There is no one else besides Vito and Michael in the scene, Father and son having a heart to heart conversation with also show Vito’s true feeling about Michael being apart of the organized crime.
Sound effects are uses in many scene within the movie. For instance, the car explosion with Michael’s wife, the killing of Sonny when he is gunned down at the toll by a number of shooters. The sound effects of gun fire and explosions. These along with many other sound effect in the film are typical for crime, action and gangster films.
In the scene when film producer Jack Woltz is in his bed and pulls down the covers the music that plays in the moment tells the audience something is going to happen. The music starts slow and eerie as the camera gets closer and closer to Woltz the music starts to pick up. In that moment when Woltz pulls down the cover, and reveals the horse’s head below his feet the music begins to get louder. In The Evolution of Music in Film and its Psychological Impact on Audiences it states, Music works upon the unconscious mind. Consequently, music works well with film because it is an ally of illusion. Music plays upon our emotions. It is generally a non-intellectual communication. The listener does not need to know what the music means, only how it makes him feel. Listeners, then, find the musical experience in film one that is less knowing and more feeling (Fischoff, 1997).
If the dialogue or sound effects would change I don’t believe it would make much of a difference. However if the music were to be changed or be removed this film would not be the same. The Italian style of music fits the overall experience of the film. When you think of the mafia you think of Italians (being that many of the member of the crime families were Italian). The music fits the setting, time, plot and theme and by changing is the littlest think like the music would change the whole outtake of the film. When the scenes get intense the music follows. Film composer Bernard Herrmann stated, “I feel that music on the screen can seek out and intensify the inner thoughts of the characters. It can invest a scene with terror, grandeur, gaiety, or misery. It can propel narrative swiftly forward, or slow it down. It often lifts mere dialogue into the realm of poetry. Finally, it is the communicating link between the screen and the audience, reaching out and enveloping all into one single experience.” (Fischoff, 1997).
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Fischoff, S. (1997). The Evolution of Music in Film and its Psychological Impact on Audiences. California State University, Tech. Rep, 2005.
Goodykoontz, B., & Jacobs, C. P. (2014). Film: From watching to seeing (2nd ed.). San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.
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