To get us used to finding relevant quotes from texts, we did an exercise in last weeks critical and theoretical studies class. We were each given a piece of text that we had to annotate. The process was fairly simple, and I managed to come up with some good stuff.
My piece of text was by Bela Belazs, titled Theory of Film: Sound. I found it rather interseting, it outlined how effective sound is within the film world. It describes how it is a universal language, we can all relate to sound as it encompasses the world in which we live. This is why film has partnered with it. Instead of us just seeing visuals, we get to hear the sound which match the visuals, and thus we better understand the scene. Possibly this is why we relate better to film, for instance you could be watching a horrific scene, but if it is companied with a soft soundtrack, we could think that it isn’t quite as bad as it seems. We not only question the visuals, but also the sound. A good example of this is shown in Koyaanisqatsi by Godfrey Reggio, in which there is a perfect balence between the sound and the visuals.
As part of the exercise we were asked to gather our notes in the form of a brain storm chart. After we had jotted all of ours down, we had to swap notes with others in the class who had differrent pieces of text. I found this method very useful, as it meant that we all could discuss, and formulate an idea of the text. It was a lot more efficent as well, as you didn’t necessarily need to read the whole text to get an idea of what it was about.