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How can sound and music assist the narrative in film?

May 30, 2013

Sound and music play an integral part in the construction of a film and help drive the narrative or story. Music and Sound can be used in a variety of ways to create different moods and atmospheres which can reveal things about the story of the film. For example, music can be used in a way so that it provides information about characters. This can be seen in the film “Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”. The scene where ‘Gandalf’ speaks to ‘Saruman’, head of the wizard order, menacing music is used to show that Saruman has sided with the enemy. On the other hand, however, the absence of music can have as large of an impact as the presence of music. The absence of music can create tension and suspense and are often used in thriller, horror and drama genres of film.

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Sound can assist the narrative in film by its ability to reveal plot information much like mentioned above with music. This can be seen in “Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” as well. The scene in the introduction of the film where ‘Bilbo Baggins’ calls the ‘One Ring’ “My Precious” revealing that he has succumbed to the ring’s power much like how Smeagol/Gollum did.

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