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Voice and Vision: A Creative Approach to Narrative Film and DV Production by Mick Hurbis-Cherrier

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CHAPTER 22

The Sound Design in Film

We gestate in Sound, and are born into Sight Cinema gestated in Sight, and was born into Sound

Walter Murch (From the foreword to Audio-Vision, by Michel Chion)1

Roughly, the first thirty-three years of film’s early history—between the introduction of Edison’s kinetoscope in 1894 and the commercial success of Warner Brothers’ The Jazz Singer in 1927—established the “motion picture” as a fundamentally visual art form, with images telling the entire narrative. In those early decades, before the introduction of talking pictures,” the movies themselves were silent and sound was incorporated almost exclusively in the form of live musical accompaniment played during the screenings, long after the production of ...

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