Lamentation: Sound design


Today me and Alex had a recording studio session with the lovely Peter Williams, sound expert extraordinaire.

And the motivation behind today’s session was because Alex wanted to add a couple of sounds to some specific movements Donald does in the outdoor sequences.

The first sound we had to record was the opening, drinking and closing of a whiskey bottle. Fun times. I volunteered to do the deed and Peter went along and grabbed a half drunk bottle of wine from his office that we used as a ‘sound prop’. I did a couple of takes and then Peter stepped in to do the actual drinking of the bottle sounds that we needed. Seeing Peter drink, take after take, whilst me and Alex were inside the recording booth hearing the sounds and deciding if they were good or not, was just too funny to put into words. All in the name of art!

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Afterwards, we did some additional recording of Donald’s feet scrapping at the ground right before the stood up from the bench in order to leave the park. Alex stepped in, no pun intended, to recreate the feet sounds.

All in all, it was a fun afternoon with a lot of laughs and we managed to get all the sound bits we needed in.



The Sweet Hereafter: Intertextuality



In this lecture through the viewing of Egoyan’s “The Sweet Hereafter” we further touched upon the idea of using binaries to identify the main conflicts within a film, in this being the notion of individuality versus community. Depending on which story you’re viewing/reading, these notions can very well change its meaning but in this film the idea of Individuality is characterized by the search for self-assertion and personal glory whereas the Community is where the idea of a familial code resides. It’s funny to see how our opinions about certain matters can change depending on what is presented to us and how there are almost infinite ways you can spin different binaries so they possess different meaning altogether. So in this film we are shown, even further, how complex the relationship between two binaries can be.

Study for 'The Pied Piper of Hamelin': The Children circa 1871 by George John Pinwell 1842-1875

Intertextuality is again touched upon more this week with the subtle reference of the Pied Piper folktale in this movie. “The Pied Piper” story has suffered various changes in meaning throughout the centuries and one of its interpretations is that of a man who lures children to him just by the music of his flute. And if we look and acknowledge that the Pied Piper is a villain who intends to cause harm, then in this film this role is attributed to Sam Burnell who sexually molests his daughter Nicole, in my opinion.