Silences and the overall design
Think of the overall design. Is this a 'through composed' piece?
That means - there are no silences between scenes, and there are cross-fades between scenes or music bridges between scenes.
Or you may want one or more significant silences.
A silence like this is very useful. Because it allows the listeners to catch up, to think back on what they have heard - to put it all together so far.
And it enables you to build to something very significant about to come - as the climactic scene.
So the whole piece sweeps up to the main climactic scene, and the listener is given the signal to await this - by this significant silence.
To silences - different sorts
Then - further into this site:
Setting the scene
hook signposting Description establish presence scene boundaries scene boundaries - more Perspective sound centre and Point of listening = POL To index
Structuring the plot
Narrative protagonist-dominated Narrator closure (ending) use a 'mystery' Realism To index
Production issues in detail
address naming record 'umms' from all the characters to store scene structure dialogue is more than words SOUND BOX - production sound effects archive atmos and soundscapes double frame - triple frame clustering underscoring music - fighting the dialogue Noise 'moving camera' technique Music montage
'Will you turn that music down!'
18-second rule drop-ins sound pictures memorability number the scenes carefully with a system voice in the mind = interiorizing time-space rule or jump cut
Styles of production, directing and post-production
Standard production Genre (academic) and types of plays story board chaining sentences - (characters or character and narrator) doubling sentences - overlapping (narrator and protagonist) economy rule To index
Theoretical issues & writing-up your project
writing up your student project work (critique) realism symbol system language based = logocentric What is radio theory for? Theory - what is it? Voice
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