In retrospect, as argued by Rick Altman, music accompanied with a blank screen has been previously practiced in cinema, especially for the blockbuster epics of the s and early s. On one hand, sound works on us directly, physiologically breathing noises in a film can directly affect our own respiration. The Overture is one of many sound-dominant sequences in A Space Odyssey. Kubrick incorporates a sound element that is uncommon in most films because it is essentially the absence of sound effects and ambient sound, or in short, silence. The superior fidelity of the new magnetic strip recording system made it possible to achieve silence and quiet recordings Buhler, Silence destroys all depth cues to audio as a blank screen does to an image, but this is effective and noticed in two instances:.
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Sound is very crucial in film production since every scene in the film must carefully represent what is going on. According to Dix , sound design is not merely assembling of neat sound effects but a process of experimentation to create an audio environment that supports the actions as well as engaging the audience. To identify what sound designs to be used, one must first understand the scrip. The scrip will highlight information on the location of the scene, actions taking place in the scene, and probably hint on the background sounds. Neither dialogue alone nor music can give a film its potential appeal, background, and atmospheric noise as well are important in showing the audience where the actions are taking place.
In the film Dunkirk Christopher Nolan uses sound design and multiple narrative structure to convey the impacts of the Dunkirk battle and evacuation. These techniques help convey the emotions of fear and suspense that each and every soldier had felt during the war. By utilizing these techniques Nolan allows the audience to put themselves in the position of each soldier allowing them to feel the themes that they felt, thus forth conveying the impacts of the war. Nolan creates non-diegetic tones to give suspense and panic to particular scenes in the film. Since the film is based on the war in Dunkirk involving the British forces, the audience is aware that attacks will take place whilst watching the movie however due to Nolan recounting the events, the characters within the film are unaware of what they will experience whereas the audience do.