Discussion 2

 

There are many types of sound in a film. Some are diegetic (i.e., sounds that are represented as coming from within the world of the film) while others are non-diegetic (i.e., sounds that come from outside the world of the film). Your text describes the different categories of sound that fall under those types. What types of sounds, and what categories, are most effectively used in the film under consideration?

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Construct a discussion post of at least 200 words, and using specific examples from your chosen film,

  • Describe each of the three basic categories of sound (dialogue, sound effects, and music).
  • Explain how the different categories of sound are used in your chosen film.

    Assess the impact of sound in establishing the theme.
    How does the use of sound inform the mood of the scene, or the film, overall?
    Can you identify specific sounds in your film that allow you to infer a particular genre?
    Since each category of sound may produce a range of effects, how might you characterize the effects in your film? For example, realistic and expected sound effects may have a different effect on a viewer than exaggerated or unexpected ones.

  • Assess how the scene or sequence would play differently if you changed or removed a key category of sound.

List of Approved Movies Comment by Narbona Jerez, Pamela: Title, author names, and year added by QA based on the reference entry that was provided for this source. Authors cannot be acknowledged and a publication date cannot be included in the reference entry if these items are not displayed in the document the entry refers to.

Created by Nathan Pritts and James Meetze (2019)

Throughout this class, you will be able to select a film to use as the basis for your analysis. This is a list of approved choices.

NOTE: If you would like to write about a film that is not on this list, you must email your professor in advance. If you write about an unapproved film option in this class you may not receive credit.

Many of the films on these lists are sourced from the

Ten AFI Top 10 lists

, where you will find additional information and resources. Please note, though, that the different AFI Top 10 lists include films that are not approved.

Courtroom drama

AFI defines “courtroom drama” as a genre of film in which a system of justice plays a critical role in the film’s narrative.

1957

Film

Year

To Kill a Mockingbird

1962

12 Angry Men

1957

Kramer vs. Kramer

1979

The Verdict

1982

A Few Good Men

1992

Witness for the Prosecution

Anatomy of a Murder

1959

In Cold Blood

1967

A Cry in the Dark (Evil Angels)

1988

Judgment at Nuremberg

1961

Epic

AFI defines “

epic

” as a genre of large-scale films set in a cinematic interpretation of the past.

Film

Year

Lawrence of Arabia

1962

Ben-Hur

1959

Schindler’s List

1993

Gone with the Wind

1939

Spartacus

1960

Titanic

1997

All Quiet on the Western Front

1930

Saving Private Ryan

1998

Reds

1981

The Ten Commandments

1956

Fantasy

AFI defines “

fantasy

” as a genre in which live-action characters inhabit imagined settings and/or experience situations that transcend the rules of the natural world.

Film

Year

1993

1988

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

2001

It’s a Wonderful Life

1946

King Kong

1933

Miracle on 34th Street

1947

Field of Dreams

1989

Harvey

1950

Groundhog Day

The Thief of Bagdad

1924

Big

Gangster

AFI defines the “

Gangster film

” as a genre that centers on organized crime or maverick criminals in a modern setting.

Film

Year

1967

1931

Scarface

The Godfather

1972

Goodfellas

1990

The Godfather Part II

1974

White Heat

1949

Bonnie and Clyde

Scarface

1932

Pulp Fiction

1994

The Public Enemy

1931

Little Caesar

1983

Mystery

AFI defines “

mystery

” as a genre that revolves around the solution of a crime.

Film

Year

1974

1949

1959

1954

Vertigo

1958

Chinatown

Rear Window

1954

Laura

1944

The Third Man

The Maltese Falcon

1941

North by Northwest

Blue Velvet

1986

Dial M for Murder

The Usual Suspects

1995

Romantic comedy

AFI defines “

romantic comedy

” as a genre in which the development of a romance leads to comic situations.

Film

Year

1931

1989

1949

1993

City Lights

Annie Hall

1977

It Happened One Night

1934

Roman Holiday

1953

The Philadelphia Story

1940

When Harry Met Sally…

Adam’s Rib

Moonstruck

1987

Harold and Maude

1971

Sleepless in Seattle

Science fiction

AFI defines “

science fiction

” as a genre that marries a scientific or technological premise with imaginative speculation.

Film

Year

1977

1982

1971

1982

1979

1956

2001: A Space Odyssey

1968

Star Wars

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

A Clockwork Orange

The Day the Earth Stood Still

1951

Blade Runner

Alien

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

1991

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Back to the Future

1985

Sports

AFI defines “sports” as a genre of films with protagonists who play athletics or other games of competition.

Film

Year

1986

1988

1961

1980

1979

1944

Raging Bull

1980

Rocky

1976

The Pride of the Yankees

1942

Hoosiers

Bull Durham

The Hustler

Caddyshack

Breaking Away

National Velvet

Jerry Maguire

1996

Western

AFI defines “

western

” as a genre of films set in the American West that embodies the spirit, the struggle, and the demise of the new frontier.

Film

Year

1956

1953

1992

1969

1971

1939

The Searchers

High Noon

1952

Shane

Unforgiven

Red River

1948

The Wild Bunch

1969

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

McCabe & Mrs. Miller

Stagecoach

Cat Ballou

1965

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