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In Part One, audio post-production pro Greg Malcangi talked to us about optimizing audio in filmmaking, and about hiring a Production Audio Manager (PSM).

Here Malcangi discusses the potential force of sound in film, its “ability to seduce.”

There’s a statement on your website, a quote from Randy Thom, known for his work on, among others, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and The Incredibles: “Sound may be the most powerful tool in the filmmaker’s arsenal in terms of its ability to seduce. That’s because ‘sound,’ as the great sound editor Alan Splet once said, ‘is a heart thing.’ We, the audience, interpret sound with our emotions, not our intellect.”

This is something which “…in my opinion cuts to the heart of high quality audio post.”

Malcangi says, “Many directors and producers make the effort to convince me of how important they believe sound to be but often their actions contradict their words. It would appear they're either lying or fooling themselves. To be brutally honest, I believe it's the latter.”

“This attitude is entirely understandable if you fully appreciate the meaning behind Randy's and Alan's words. When we watch a film, even a relatively slow paced film, the brain is presented with far more information than it is able to process consciously. Eyesight is the dominant sense so we consciously process a high percentage of the picture. Likewise the dialogue is usually essential to our understanding, so most of that is consciously processed. So too are the most obvious sound effect (SFX).”

“However,” Malcangi says, “there's another layer to the dialogue and obvious SFX, plus at least one or more layers of additional SFX (room tone, background and ambient SFX) which are processed by the brain but of which we are not consciously aware and that's where their power lies!”
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Seducing Your Film Audience with Sound Republished by Bob Gillen


Posted by: Bob Gillen on Jun 11, 2012 at 1:58:53 pm



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