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!
For my upcoming JRNL102 Assessment I have decided to continue using the cinema theme. Working at a cinema myself, there are many sounds and experiences that I have become accustomed. Through my sound portrait I hope to be able to evoke that feeling you get when walking into the cinema. I want my audience to feel like they can smell the popcorn and taste their coke when they listen, reminding them how great going to the cinema can be.
I’ve chosen the cinema I work at, ‘The Roxy Cinema Complex’, not only because I have a connection with it myself but the building is very old, just celebrating it’s 80th birthday. My colleague Mason is one of the longest working employee’s and therefore I have chosen him to interview for the portrait. After working at the cinema for more than 5 years he has a very strong connection with the cinema and I feel that after working at the cinema for so long, his story of the cinema experience will help the audience feel a sense of connection.
To do this I am going to use mostly ambient sounds like popcorn, pouring drinks and people talking in the foyer to create the real feeling of being at the movies. This cut with my interview with Mason hopefully will create and uplifting feeling with the audience.
My purpose isn’t necessarily to tell a new story, but tell a simple everyday story that is relatable and made special.
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.