Movies are an audio-visual experience and the sound in a movie
is made up of:
- Sound effects
The last two elements are often crucial in adding to or detracting
from the audience’s overall enjoyment of the film. For
example, imagine Star Wars without its dramatic soundtrack.
Many horror movies would not be as scary if it were not for
the music creating the tension and fear.
Music must be appropriate to the message of the movie as it
goes a long way to setting the mood of a scene/movie, e.g. scary
music in horror movies, romantic music for a love story.
Adding a soundtrack can be time consuming whether you create
your own music or use a suitable piece of professional music.
Think about the pace, rhythm, desired volume, combination
of instruments and the genre of music to fit in with the style
of your movie. If showing your movie commercially, it would
be crucial to obtain copyright clearance for any professionally
Many sound effects can be added in the post-production stage
to enhance a movie.
E.g. birds singing, creaking doors, water rippling, laughing,
car brakes squealing, etc.
Silence in a movie can also be an effective sound effect.