Saturday, 11 March 2017

Reflective statement

This project has been fun recording sounds to try and create something different.
I've recorded sounds that I wouldn't think to use and muffled and stretched so other sounds are formed.
I took my recorder everywhere with me. but most of the sound I got weren't great and some did work. I kept my sound simple but with more practice with the software and a better understanding of where and how to use it I could eventually create better sounds that work well together .
I hope that my sounds are up to scratch and work well. ill keep practicing with the software  to get a better understanding and know how.

sound designer


Video of him creating the sound effects.

Soundscape pictures and sound


Friday, 3 March 2017

film review Close encounter of the third kind

The film Close Encounter of the third kind is a Drama/ adventure science fiction film. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Its quite an unexplained movie as the family that has been mentioned and seen in the movie just disappears never to be mentioned at the end of the film.  Released within months of his best friend George Lucas' Star Wars, Close Encounters was the other instantly iconic event film of the year, with great reviews, enthusiastic queues and best bits immediately entering the currency of popular culture (the five tone musical motif Spielberg requested from John Williams as a universal greeting and language key, the mashed potato mountain).(Errigo, 2015).

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figure 1 Street food cinema , (2016), Mountain [ONLINE]. Available at: [Accessed 1 March 2017

Errigo, Angie 2015, Empire

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

film review Duel

Duel is a Steven Spielberg film that is mainly based for a male audience, released in 1971. Its about road rage between a car driver and a truck driver, who takes revenge because the driver in the car decided to overtake because he was going to slow. "Duel was originally published in 1971 as a short story in Playboy magazine; inspired by an actual incident which was experienced first-hand by the story’s author; noted genre writer Richard Matheson" ( Moss, 2014) 

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Its a suspense film and every little part of the film you are sitting on the edge of your film wondering what's next and who the truck driver is. this film is like a bull fight. the truck being the ball and the car being the red cloth that the matador swings around. its a predator and prey film.

The film uses the necessary variety of shots and angles to maintain excitement while adhering to the schedule, Spielberg was meticulous in his planning – using multiple cameras and even going so far as to having a gigantic mural created depicting the action of the entire film from a bird’s eye’s perspective – which took up most of the wall space of his motel room for the duration of the shoot. (Moss, 2014) the angles in the film are a work of art and makes the film feel like your part of. with being part of the truck looking down to the side of the truck feeling like your the prey being chased down.

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The sound in the film are mainly of the trucks engine getting louder when it gets closer to the small red car. the music uses slashing strings and percussion to build tension. (Hitchcock never moved his camera the way Spielberg does, though.) The editing, by Frank Morriss, is wonderful – it flows directly from the images, as if wired to Spielberg’s brain. (Bord, 2015) The cinematography is crisp, when they use colour to make the action clear. Edwin S. Hall’s and Jerry Christian’s sound work is a work of art, They incorporate animal noises to make the truck more muscling and aggressive.  

figure 1 The Red List , (1971), Duel [ONLINE]. Available at: [Accessed 1 March 2017].

figure 2 Ace Black, (2013), side truck [ONLINE]. Available at: [Accessed 1 March 2017].

Moss, Greg 2014, Moss films

Moss, Greg 2014, Moss films

Bord, Chris 2015 Moss Island Sound

film review the birds

The Birds (1963) was directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock and based on a story by Daphne du Maurier.
the film itself was very odd and hard to understand. It could be interpreted in many different ways, such as the female character vs the birds and town, the town vs the birds and the birds vs everyone.
Whether Mr. Hitchcock intended this picture of how a plague of birds almost ruins a peaceful community to be symbolic of how the world might Le destroyed (or perilously menaced) by a sudden disorder of future's machinery is not apparent in the picture. (Crowther, 1963)

Tippi Hedren in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (1963).
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The film's technical wizardry is extraordinary, especially in the film's closing scene. it has a complex, trick composite shot throughout the film. The music is non-existent and is replaced by an electronic soundtrack (including simulated bird cries and wing-flaps), with Hitchcock's favourite composer Bernard Herrmann serving as a sound consultant.

The film is confusing. I have no idea what draws the birds and turns them bad and it seems that nobody else does either. "I don't know why," says harried Melanie Daniels (Hedren). "Wish I could say," blurts bemused Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor). Everyone is confused, ruffled, on the brink of flight. (Brooks, 2012) The film is not about what is said but about the way the eyes and body moves. the town is also odd as they act different when the lead woman character is there. this is why they think the birds are targeting them due to her being cursed or per say being sent here to harm the town with a bird following.
Not all the birds attack as the love birds in the cage are fine. so maybe it was a curtain kind that only attacked.

The Birds (The Birds)
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The film is very family based and the lead at the end looks up to the mother that has her in her arms. it has a very sweet ending and shows how Hitchcock  has a big thing for families in his movies. she has a mother figure to look up to.  

figure 1 Alastair Sooke, (2015), Tippi Hedren [ONLINE]. Available at: [Accessed 1 March 2017].

figure 2 Villans Wiki , (2015), The Birds [ONLINE]. Available at: [Accessed 1 March 2017].

Crowther, Bosley, The New York Times

Brooks, Xans, The Guardians

Film Review psycho

Psycho is a black and white film directed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1960. its a psychological thriller. the film was a masterpiece when it was first shown in 60's and is still a classic in these days.
The surprises in the movie are now widely known, and Psycho continues to work as a frightening, thriller. That's because Hitchcock uses artistry in two areas that are not as obvious: The setup of the Marion Crane story, and the relationship between Marion and Norman. These parts work because Hitchcock uses his full attention and skill to treating them as if they will be developed for the entire picture."It wasn't a message that stirred the audiences, nor was it a great performance...they were aroused by pure film."(Ebert, 1998).

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The film was based on a novel with the same name by Robert Bloch, who got the inspiration  by Ed Gein, the 1950s Wisconsin serial killer.
The music in the film is notorious and is still well known today. The scratch of the violin from the shower scene puts the audience on edge as you wait for something to happen. the creation of the sound effect of the knife stabbing flesh, Hitchcock sent prop man Bob Bone out to fetch a variety of melons. The director then closed his eyes as Bone took turns stabbing watermelons, casabas, cantaloupes and honeydews.

The shower murder is one of the most studied montages of film editing ever made. It contains at least 70 edits in just 45 seconds. (Susman, 2015)
Many people when it was first released studied the shower scene as they thought if they looked hard enough they could see the leads nipples. that's why the  shower murder scene is the most studied montages of film editing ever made. It contains at least 70 edits in just 45 seconds.


Ebert, Roger 1998, Great movies

Susman, Gary, 2015 movie fone

figure 1  Gary Susman, (2015), mother [ONLINE]. Available at: [Accessed 1 March 2017].