We shoot to edit because it’s less stressful that editing in camera as we don’t have to get the shots right the first time. With shooting to edit, scenes can be shot out of order as it’s more efficient to shoot all one actor’s lines or one location on a single day. Shooting to edit also give more options for postproduction as a numerous takes with variety of angles is available to choose.
‘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.
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.
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