Sound & Motion class 8

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Power of moving images – show, don’t tell

Who is speaking and why

  • External commentator (voice of god)

+Someone who reads a script? (Sherman’s March opening)

+Direct address (Sherman’s March 58:00)

               +an expert on the subject
  • Participant/subject from within the piece
  • The maker/author (FrankFilm)
  • Internal thoughts (Thin Red Line)
  • actually spoken words (if so, by whom) (And This is Free)
  • Imagined words of someone else (election)

How are they identified

  • Do we see them? How soon? (Louis Malle - le Chagrin et la Pitie)
  • And this is free – bit of opening and 9:11 – 13:22 – who is speaking?
  • Lower third?
  • A particular individual, or a member of a group

(the VN war memorial – the wall listing of names or the sculpture representing the idealized soldier?)

What is their purpose in terms of the piece?

How much time do they speak for

Where in the piece are they located

*Up front?


  • Reading something that is written?
  • Conversational?


  • Ironic (Sadie Benning #2, part 2 Judy Hates Her Job 9:11)


  • Road trip

Sherman’s march – path of Gen’l Sherman, path of filmmaker Intertwined

  • Individual story interleaved with history, commentary and context (Delerium)


How to get people to talk

  • Come prepared

know what you want to find out develop sample questions

  • Listen

unexpected things will emerge - so go with them, don't stick to a script

Interviewing the interviewers on interviewing on Classfolders


Letters from soldiers:

PBS [[1]]

Michael [[2]]

You tube videos [[3]]

Advice on interviewing:

from videomaker site [[4]]

on "voice" and interviewing: [[5]]