JRNL102 l Assessment 1: Audio Assessment – Person and Place
Before Foxtel and Netflix, seeing a movie meant a night out on the town with a choc top and bag of popcorn.
Since the doors first swung open at ‘The Roxy Cinema Complex’ Nowra, in 1935, the has building has extended, adding 4 new theatres to the complex. But although the original building has grown, a large portion of the cinema experience has remained the same.
Mason Solley has worked at the cinema for five years and although the experience has changed he still believes it’s one worth having.
A huge thank you to Mason for taking the time to talk to me!
The smell of buttery popcorn, the icy taste of a large coke and a creamy choc top from the freezer.
A cinema is a wonderful place for the senses. There are so many sights and smells at the movies, and each of these is usually associated with a range of distinctive sounds. This week I continued to develop my sound portrait from the week before, using a collection of sounds which I recorded while at my local cinema – ‘The Roxy Cinema Complex’ – in Nowra.
Going to the movies is a very visual experience and over the last couple of weeks I have enjoyed exploring the best way to transfer this experience into audio.
I began my sound portrait outside the cinema, recording the sounds of getting out of your car and the traffic as you cross the street. Inside I then recorded some distinctive sounds like pouring a drink, the popcorn machine and the conversations at the counter. These sounds help to locate my portrait’s setting and create an affiliation with place.
The next step for my sound portrait is to incorporate more audio in a way so that I can show a connection between the cinema and a person – maybe a staff member or a regular customer. I feel like now the challange will be integrating a person and their connection to the cinema in while cutting the audio down to meet the time limit.
If you haven’t seen ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’, I feel like I need to be suspicious of you…
Thankfully I understand that people have lives, and I have the added bonus of working at a cinema, which probably has something to do with my new found fascination with George Miller’s latest film. I am in love with this movie – and considering my disinterest in cars, I feel like that’s saying something.
I’m aware that plenty of people have mixed feeling about the latest Mad Max: ‘it isn’t like the old ones’, ‘there’s no Mel Gibson’, ‘it’s filmed in Africa’, ‘it’s one big car chase’… But at the same time it what George Miller has managed to capture has to be acknowledged. It is unbelievable to watch.
Recently George Miller spoke with ‘Vice’ in their first installment of VICE Talks Film – a new series in which they speak to talented and creative minds in the movie world, discussing their work and “how they’re seeking to push the boundaries of the medium”.
Check out the interview discussing the 17 years it took to finish ‘Max Max: Fury Road’, as well as the new characters, stunts, creation of the Wasteland, and feminism. This is my “Pick of the Week”: