Make your own free website on Tripod.com
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ANALYSING ACTION/ADVENTURE MOVIES

Home

Conventions

Camera

Editing

Sound

Special Effects/Graphics

Mise-en-scene

SOUND

 
In Action/Adventure movies, a mix of diegetic and non-diegetic sound is used to accompany or emphasise the action.

During an action scene, music (normally orchestral) is usually played throughout, which tends to be fast paced if in a chase scene. If anything significant happens, the music would change according to what has happened. If something jumps out, the orchestra would sound more hysterical. Music can also change to emphasise any big stunts that have just happened to make them look greater than they already are.

Sound that sound diegetic (sounds that are meant to be in the scen) may actually have been added later or amplified to sound greater. For example, gun shots that you hear in the scene may be added later as it is very rare that real loaded guns are used whilst filming.

Diegetic sound is usually included in the movie to make the scene sound more realistic to the audience. For example, the sound of cars passing by or smashing or the sound of a door opening are all good examples of diegetic sound. The audience wouldn't notice some of the diegetic sounds as they wouldn't stand out as there are sounds that you would hear normally, but if they weren't there, then the audience would notice that the diegetic sounds are missing.


Colin Pike - Wednesday 19th October 2005