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Have you ever watched a movie at home with the sound muted? It is
amazing what a difference the sound makes in a movie experience. Of
course the dialogue makes it easier to understand what is happening
but sound also adds texture, emotion and atmosphere to each scene.
Watching the latest horror or thriller would be much less scary if
you couldnt hear the footsteps of the murderer creeping up behind
you. Action movies would seem unrealistic if we didn't hear the screeches
of the car chase from around the corner. Even what looks like a fairly
common city scene on screen involves hours of technical expertise.
Imagine all the sounds that are involved from traffic, people walking
down the street, the sound of the wind, music coming from cars
all this has to be put together and mixed with the film's dialogue.
Star Wars in 1976 was the first major film to incorporate Dolby Stereo
and bring it to the mainstream. Since then, the company has worked
to develop ever more exhilarating cinema sound, introducing Dolby
Digital 5.1 surround sound to the cinema in 1992. In 1998 Dolby Digital
Surround EX, was launched, giving an extra back channel and
therefore a wider canvas for sound designers to use. Star Wars
The Phantom Menace, was the first film to use this extra channel.
For more information visit www.dolby.co.uk
But these benefits arent restricted to the cinema. With cinematic
technology in our homes too we are starting to enjoy the full sonic
experience in our own front rooms or even on the move. Dolby Digital
soundtrack Analogue soundtrack.
Dolbys Robin Dyer was joined by sound effects producer Mark
Taylor live online on Wednesday 26th October. Together they let us
into all the secrets of film sound from 'foots and moves' to 'foley',
'body moves' and 'wild track'. Mark's past projects include the movies:Valiant
(Pigeon animation with Ricky Gervais), Elizabeth (Cate Blanchett),
Alien vs. Predator, Troy, TV drama Band of Brothers, Snatch and others.
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