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Storytelling With Sound

A nice video essay by Andrew Saladino

Cinematic sound isn’t limited to explosions, musical cues, or the Wilhelm scream. Let’s take a few minutes and explore a more theoretical and storytelling-oriented approach to on-screen sound.

A nice video essay by Andrew Saladino, from The Royal Ocean Film Society, exploring the role of cinematic sound in storytelling. Includes insights from American sound designer, Ben Burtt, who has worked on all the Star Wars films.

Sources/Further Reading-
Composing in Sound and Image by Jonathan Rosenbaum
Nightmare Alley: Do We Hear What He Hears? by David Bordwell

Every Frame a Painting: Off the top of your head, could you sing the theme from Star Wars? How about James Bond? Or Harry Potter? But here’s the kicker: can you sing any theme from a Marvel film? Despite 13 films and 10 billion dollars at the box office, the Marvel Cinematic Universe lacks a distinctive musical identity or approach. So let’s try to answer the question: what is missing from Marvel music?