Reading Movies with the sound off

For this assignment, we had to evaluate what was going on in a movie scene. The scene of the movie I chose was Fight Club.  Growing up, Fight Club was one of my favorite movies. I personally think Edward Norton Jr. and Brad Pitt do a great job in this movie. They both work very well together in this movie.  In the scene I chose, Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) is interrogating the police chief. He and his gang Project Mayhem are intentionally inflicting fear into the police chief. They tie him up and tape his mouth shut so they can get into his head. They also inflict fear into him by showing their weapons they have. I really like how the camera man uses certain camera techniques to get his point across.

Amount of times camera angles switch- 8

When the camera points to the man who’s tied up and taped down, it implies that the camera is trying to give off a vibe that the man is fearful of what could happen to him. When the camera goes to the group of who are currently interrogating the camera gives off the connotation that these individuals have the upper hand. They are looking at the man with a “truck shot” camera angle. It was also interesting to see that when Tyler Durden was coming closer to the screen as he started to his tone kept getting more dark.

It’s interesting to hear the audio without watching the video because it makes the listener have a better feeling of the intensity that the group of people led by Tyler have when they are talking to the man who’s tied up.  They are clearly trying to give off a dark tone, as they are expressing their angry emotions towards the police chief. You can also feel the fear in the man who is tied up, as he is desperate in that he is fearful of what will happen to him. His muffled voice represents that of a man who is attempting to make a plea that his life does not get ended. 

When I watched the scene with my eyes fixated on the screen and the volume fully turned up, I realized that some of the men who were torturing the man were in masks, while some of them were not in masks. This interests me because why would some of the men be in masks while there are others who are not in masks? Do these people in the masks have to hide from the person being interrogated? Why would some of the men show their faces to the police chief? Are they so confident that the chief will be able to do nothing to them?

I’m Learning a lot that’s from sure

In the first video, I watched Ira Glass talk about how Audio storytelling is different than other forms of storytelling. In the video, he says there are two basic building blocks that can be used at will. The first building block is Anecdote; which is what is the story about and what are the sequence of actions that occur in the story. Ira states that the purest form of storytelling is the description of one action leading to the next. This gives the audience a feeling like they are in a “train that’s going a certain direction”.  This form of storytelling makes everything sound so much better. He then states even if it’s the most boring story, you can make it exciting by sequencing everything. He then states another important part in this by raising questions. By raising questions and eventually answering them, you’re able to have your audience continue to listen to what you have to say.

The next building block is a moment of reflection. It’s the reason why you’re listen to the story. It’s also the part that talks about why the story is special. This part is important because if you have a great anecdote, but a subpar moment of reflection, then you have to go back to square 1. In essence, the moment of reflection is the most important part of the story.

In the second video, Ira talks about how hard is it to find a decent story. Finding the story can be as long or longer than the producing of the story. This process of finding a decent story is the most important as it sets the base for everything else to put its weight upon. For example, Ira Glass and his team spend about half a week looking for stories. They then pick stories that they think are interesting. After this process is completed, they chose about half of those stories and do something with them.

Other things you have to consider while doing stories are the factors of that you can’t control. These factors include the performance of the interviewee, the functioning of the equipment, etc. These factors play a big role in the overall performance.

Another point he elaborates on is how you have to accept the fact that sometimes your work will suck and you can do nothing about it. You have to accept the fact and move on.

In Jad Abumrad’s video he talks about how audio storytelling can be very fascinating as having the ability to describe something and put an image into someone’s head is very special. Being able to describe something without any visuals and putting a certain image in the audience’s head makes radio special. He says the this is the reason why radio will always be around. It was great to hear his opinion because it made so much sense to me.