The February 2011 issue of Psychology Today focused on the senses in the article "Sound Familiar" with the sounds that affect our perception of movies and television specifically. The article written by Richard Restak, MD, and Scott Kim is below.
Vision is our primary sense, judging by the great expanse of brain devoted to conveying info from the eyes. But sound is the primary conveyor of emotion. Talk to someone who's witnessed a horrifying event -- [s]he'll describe the noises. In movies and on TV, sound also carries more meaning than images. Watch a sitcom with the sound on but the picture off and you'll probably follow the story line just fine. But making sense of a muted program is much trickier.
In the 50s, a film editor named Jack Foley assembled a studio to create movie sound effects using readily availabile sources. Even today, TV and movie "Foley artists" (as they're called) employ substitute sound effects that are often more convincing than the original: the real sound of a fist striking a face isn't that dramatic, but the Foley substitute will make you squirm. Some effects are straight forward (a door sounds like a door), but others [like the ones below] are less obvious.
Your Mission: Guess which Foley prop mimics the sounds of each object! The first commenter to leave the correct full list wins a $5 gift card to Starbucks! We're working on the honor system! (Check back in one of next weeks blogs for the answers and the announced winner.)
Cinematic Sound Effect:
- BONE CRUSHING
- RUSTLING CLOTHES
- CAR SUSPENSION
- ICE CUBES
- A) Newspaper being crunched up
- B) Squeaky Chair
- C) Pen Caps Floating in Glass
- D) Celery
- E) Creaky Floor
- F) Pillowcase
- G) Luggage Cart