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It could be any of the three methods, but the simplest method is to actually ring the phone, live on set, at the appropriate moment. A telephone ringer is a device that any props department would have in their armoury. It just generates the correct voltage for the ringer circuit in the phone & is simply push-button activated. If the actor answers the ...


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To answer this, let's take a quick look at Merriam-Webster's definition of "art", specifically the section on synonyms: ART, SKILL, CUNNING, ARTIFICE, CRAFT mean the faculty of executing well what one has devised. If we look at the art of foleying—for this is what we're talking about—it's sort of interesting to note that it's always been at least as much a ...


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I have unashamedly copied a paragraph from this rather comprehensive article covering tinnitus as a movie trope - The Cine-Files - The Tinnitus Trope: Acoustic Trauma In Narrative Film They are discussing silence vs. whistling noise/ringing in ears [tinnitus] ...although Arthur Hiller’s The Out of Towners utilized the effect as early as 1970, ...


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Because they fail test screenings. The general movie audience does not respond well to realistic depictions of explosions or cannons at a distance. From the other SE, a partial excerpt of a great answer (that you should upvote as well): Most film is art, not life/reality. Sound designers have to match the visual art on screen with the sonic art of their ...


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It depends on the director and the crew's capability, as well as the actor's ability to act with or without an audible cue. You can have a regular phone hooked up to a regular phone line or PBX and then ring it by calling it or it's extension. Authentic sound Not as easy to time Provides cue for actors Actors can listen and speak to person on other side - ...


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Television producer Lee Mendelson was already a few years into his collaboration with Peanuts creator Charles Schulz when he was faced with an unusual problem: How do you depict adults in an animated special for a comic strip that never features adults? Mendelson told Mashable, “We chose not to show the adult. So I asked our music director, ...


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Recycling effects is a very common tactic in post-production. Once you have an effect that works great, it's simply cheaper and faster to reuse it than to reinvent the wheel over and over again, especially when 99% of the viewers won't notice it. You are one of the few people who noticed that this particular sound was recycled, but there are hundreds of ...


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It's called a "laugh track". They've been around since radio shows and they're often used to prompt the audience into finding the jokes funny. Before radio and television, audiences experienced live comedy performances in the presence of other audience members. Radio and early television producers attempted to recreate this atmosphere by introducing the ...


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This is just an addendum to the other answers. This particular audio clips is part of the Premiere Edition Vol.1 (released in 1990)   from the company Hollywood Edge, which provides high end, professional, and royalty free special effects and music for all media use It's a 2 min track that features: Police Radio; Calls Received Through ...


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As far as the high-pitched noise goes, you might want to think about what's being shown. The sound you're hearing is (supposed to be) not the sound of the gun itself, but the sound of the bullet ricocheting off a surface. In your For your eyes only clip, the surfaces are entirely concrete and metal, and it's reasonable to expect ricochets. In Casino Royale, ...


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In the featurette The Sound of Inception sound designer Richard King talks shortly about recording sounds from an oscillator that are played through subwoofers. That's when you can hear that bwaah sound, as you call it.     Mix Magazine has an article in which Richard King explains a bit more about using subwoofers and oscillators to create ...


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It did occur in the movie, very near the beginning, when Poe and Finn escape in a TIE fighter and fend off some stormtroopers with the TIE fighter's weapons. It is, of course, one of the stormtroopers blown away who utters the Wilhelm scream. It is a bit faint and overshadowed by the general noise (and soundtrack?) and not directly in your face, which might ...


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Past media required less detail. Movies were simpler in the past. I'm not talking about the plot, but rather the visual and audio cues. Since the technology (TV and cinema) wasn't as good as it is nowadays, there was no point in adding detail to a move that would never be recognizable to the audience. E.g. westerns relied on white and black hats to ...


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Found on this page, the author states the origin of the hyperspace sounds (travel while in hyperspace) were created by: Initially the sound of a McDonnell Douglas DC-9, jet, Burtt tinkered slightly with the recording to bring it to the galaxy far, far away. Taking two copies of the DC-9 sound and playing them slightly out of sync, the product is an ...


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Its the sound made by the viewing lens changing. If you watch the intro carefully, you'll see that the "zoom" changes in conjunction with the sound. Apart from being a cool effect, I doubt it has any deeper meaning.


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The position of the microphone is often independent from the position of the camera, both physically (the location of the apparatus used for shooting) and subjectively (the perceived location of sound). It's common, for example, for the audience to be able to hear characters speaking even when the camera is so far away that there's no way their voices would ...


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Rather than specific frequencies it is more about musical intervals. It is pretty well accepted that specific chords and scales have associations with particular emotions for example music in a minor key is usually perceived as being somewhat darker than a major key. In fact there are various videos about on Youtube etc with well known songs transposed from ...


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I was able to attend a screening of the movie today at Skywalker ranch. After the movie I spoke with the sound designer (Ren Klyce) and the sound supervisor (Matthew Wood) and asked them specifically about this as I swore that Kylo's lightsaber was an altered Wilhelm. They said they did not use the Wilhelm in The Last Jedi or Rogue One. They hinted that they ...


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Almost NONE of what you hear in the finished soundtrack of a movie was recorded while the picture was recorded. It is difficult enough to get professional-quality pictures on film or video without recording the ACTUAL sounds at the same time. In more cases than you suspect, even the DIALOG you are hearing wasn't spoken while filming the scene you are ...


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According to TVTropes, it's a Regional Riff- or more specifically, an Egyptian riff. Here we're exploring Regional Riffs — and the musical instruments that seem inexorably linked as cues to locations. This is sort of the audio equivalent of the Foreign-Looking Font — a certain musical style is used because it resembles the actual music native to the ...


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As @DisgruntledGoat comments, this was all intentional. There's a fantastic Hollywood Reporter article, which includes an interview with Christopher Nolan, which discusses the reasons. To quote the most relevant parts from the article: Since the movie’s opening on Nov. 5, some viewers have complained about the movie’s sound, claiming some key dialogue ...


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Normally film crew use the song in the background. It will be a raw sound from the music Director used specifically for the shooting purpose. What we hear later is a modified version sung either by the same artist or different artist as per their wish but it has more technical modification once it reach to our ears. No matter how crowded the region is, the ...


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Yes, it was apparently intentional. I don't have the original source but here is a quote from critic Mark Kermode from the November 21st episode of the Kermode & Mayo podcast: There's been an awful lot of fussing about the dialogue, right down to the point that Chris Nolan's had to be quoted in the press as saying: "You're not meant to be able to hear ...


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Paul Leonard-Morgan wrote the film's industrial music score. Leonard-Morgan created music to suit the film's futuristic setting. He experimented with band-based music, but decided it sounded over-produced and too safe. He turned to electronic music and used 1980s-style synthesisers and modern sound modules to create various combinations and applied ...


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I don't really understand why you say that people can't make a similar sound, it's just a regular growl/purr. He does it here: Anyway, the actor is an ex-musical star, so maybe that's why you find it more appealing than usual. He also has a lisp, which might or might not influence the way he makes that particular sound.


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Some Movies & TV have big budgets, yes, but why waste it on something so few people are complaining about. This is just a stock clip purchasable/usable in films, much like the sound made when a bad guy appears on screen, or the high pitch shrill noises made in horror movies at a scene where a shock is supposed to occur. I would assume this clip is used ...


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This is true. Film-makers often forward instructions as to the appropriate volume of the film via distribution companies: although often these are ignored entirely by the exhibitors, and can sometimes be received as overly pedantic and just a little condescending. The size (and sometimes positioning of speakers) of an auditorium will have an effect on the ...


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It appears that the Wilhelm scream started as an inside joke, an easter egg maybe. However, over the years it has become a snowball, spawning more and more movies that incorporate the bit of audio. Distant Drums The scream was first used in the 1951 movie Distant Drums, as a sound effect for someone being eating by a crocodile: Pretend an alligator just ...


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