agenda :: 2/5

writing warm-up: listen to the music playing over the classroom speakers. the songs will be short, but try to come up with a short but descriptive title for each. listen closely, and pay attention to the various qualities of the music that evoke a certain image or word. is it a faced paced song that suggests a busy sidewalk full of people and vehicles whirring by? does the use of major (happy) or minor (sad) keys bring to mind a specific scene or feeling? what about the instruments that are used? close your eyes if necessary. number your titles for each song, and when the song changes move on to titling that one.

project extension: i want you to spend a fair amount of time and effort on your video work, and i’m seeing that my original schedule might be a little rushed. instead of having video project ii due on tuesday as i had planned, let’s move the screening date to next thursday, february 12.

a recap of key terms:  diegetic sound – sound taking place in the environment of the scene, what the character is hearing. this includes dialogue. non-diegetic sound – anything that is not diegetic, such as score music, voice-over, etc.
screening: some examples of audio/video working together – some these are fairly complicated, so you likely will not be doing anything this sophisticated yet. however, i think they all show good attention to the use of the soundtrack in different ways, and will hopefully give you some fresh ideas when approaching your own project.

group meetings: brainstorming time! every artistic process starts with the thinking/researching/questioning phase. we’re going to start today but simply meeting in groups to talk about what initial ideas are in your head regarding the project. even though you’re going this one along, having feedback in all stages from others is important for artists. is there a particular piece of music you are attached to? a spoken piece of poetry or speech? what about a certain kind of “diegetic” sound that you’ve noticed lately? use this time to simply talk with others about what interests you, share examples if you can find them online, and offer feedback about what a video interpretation of this piece might look like.


  • listen to this episode of the podcast 99% invisible titled “the sound of sport” – no writing response to this, just enjoy.
  • read “practical DV filmmaking: post production tools: 4. editing with sound” by russel evans :: respond by writing a brief summary of some of his advice that is especially relevant to you and your upcoming project. what does he say that will be useful? is there something you learned that you previously would not have understood about sound and film? due on your blog at the end of monday, 2/10 at midnight.
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