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Telling wildlife’s story: the role of soundscape on film

James, P 2015, 'Telling wildlife’s story: the role of soundscape on film' , in: Il Suono Percepito, Il Suono Raccontato , Serie Soundscapes (1) , Galaad Edizioni, pp. 151-170.

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Abstract

The essence of a wildlife documentary film is to tell a story with which the intended audience can connect. Through the images the viewer is led into the intimate lives of animals and plants, or into the natural history of specific locations. While images are the primary vehicle through which the story is told the accompanying sounds: ambience, sounds made by the subject, music, and narration play important roles. Ambience and sounds made by the animals draw the viewer into the detail of the subject’s life. The reasons for replacing, enhancing or repairing sound recorded in the field are discussed along with a consideration of some of the techniques used by Foley artists and the ethics of such practices. Music communicates emotions while the narration adds information that cannot be seen in the images showing on the screen. Together ambience, animals sounds, music and narration, the sound of a film, is an essential component of a wildlife documentary and add to its entertainment value.

Item Type: Book Section
Editors: Calanchi, A
Themes: Media, Digital Technology and the Creative Economy
Schools: Schools
Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences > Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre
Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences
Publisher: Galaad Edizioni
Refereed: Yes
Series Name: Serie Soundscapes
ISBN: 9788898722211
Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Professor Philip James
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2015 11:04
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2015 23:53
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/34312

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