Over the last few days I've been doing some work for my HearSay 2017 presentation with Douglas Murray. I am really excited to be attending and presenting at the festival again this year, and to get to share the slot with Doug, who has been an incredible mentor, inspiration and friend to me over the last few years, is a real treat. We are going to take a look at the use of Subjective Sound in Cinema and our preparation and discussion around it has led me to think about, research and re-visit a number of things.
I thought it might be worth my putting some of these resources into a post here in case they might be of interest to anyone.
Designing for Sound by Randy Thom - I can never read this article enough. It's a great one not just sound folk, but also for writers, producers, directors and anyone with an interest in film craft. There is also a great podcast interview with Randy on SoundWorks Collection, here, that expands on this idea further. His ability to talk about the work is quite unique and elegant.
Here are the three episodes of the BBC series 'Dancing Shadows', which is dedicated to Sound Design in cinema. There are interviews with, and insights from, some amazing sound designers about their work and the craft in general. (via SoundWorks Collection)
As we discussed the idea of the subjective use of sound, we began to talk about what makes it's application possible in any film. Editing plays a huge role for us here. What follows are a few links to expand on this:
The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film, by Michael Ondaatje - I think this is a book worth owning, reading and re-reading by everyone interested in filmmaking!
Here's a really interesting video that puts forward a theory on why our brains accept film edits:
And here's another nice video essay; this one looks at V.I. Pudovkin's 5 Editing Techniques:
Here's Walter Murch talking about one of the most iconic Subjective Sound sequences of all time, from The Godfather:
Here's a great example of Subjective Sound use from 'The Right Stuff'
Listen to the cicadia sound they've added to the press and camera shutter sounds!
This scene from 'Killing Them Softly' is a personal favourite example of great Subjective Sound use. I think Leslie Shatz (Sound Designer and Re-recording Mixer) is a real master of this:
As we get closer to completing our work on the presentation, I will post more of our inspiration and study aids!