Sound and Image

‘A sound must never come to the rescue of an image, nor an image to the rescue of a sound”

“If a sound is the obligatory complement of an image, give preponderance either to the sound, or to the image. If equal, they damage or kill each other, as we say of colours”

-Notes on the cinematographer” from Bresson, R.

It’s such an interesting thing to learn as I always think sound and image are both important equally in every screen.

The clown train

In the Clown Train, the sound helps to create the ‘horror’ and the scary mood for the film. It supports the visual and make it fit better with the genre features of the film. At the start, where the screen is all black, the audience can straight away identify and expect what will happen in the film with the sound effect of the moving train. Throughout the film, the sound during the black screen transitions also create the same effect. The soundscape also challenge the audience that they have to question why the train is moving while the black screens and stop when the characters talk.


With such sound design of this film, I can only link it to horror and thriller films.

from the lecture

Dialogue style in a film needs to suit its genre so we can define the genre straight away from a few lines of the script. Dialogue is used to explain what we cannot see; it presents to support the visual and helps to reveal the inner characteristics of certain characters/ events in a film. A few rules for dialogue using in a film are:

  • don’t tell what we can see
  • less is more
  • dialogue shows characters’ personalities

from week 1 reading

Narratives in photography

It’s interesting to explore narratives in different media and how its work for each medium. Due to the nature of the media (photography, cinema, radio, comic strip,etc) and the technologies,  the narrative form is slightly different for each one. 

I never thought of such thing like narrative in photography, especially singular photos. Just in a frozen moment of time, a story is told from camera angle, the subject, the acting, the lighting, the exposure. Every single technical part of the photo contributes to the overall narrative of what the photo wants to tell, creates a mood, sends a message.

The influences of computer culture

Contemporary Hollywood cinema is mostly produced by huge conglomerate companies with interests in the spin-off computer games, music tracks, clothes, videos, CDs which their films may help to market.

The narratives of the blockbuster movies now also can be developed to become a money earning tool with by-products like games, books, music tracks, clothes and literally everything they can think of. The idea of how the producers utilises the plot to make other things excites me so much. Just think of how powerful the computer culture is.