I AM LEGEND by WILL SMITH
• Describe each of the three basic categories of sound (dialogue, sound effects, and music).
Dialogue In this sound it includes the observable behavioral and physiological component of emotion of sounds spoken, the underlying and often distinct theme in a piece of writing or conversation, the connotation and denotation of words, the literal meaning and implied meaning of speeches, and rhetorical devices like symbolism and verbal irony.
Sound effects are something that we turn not to really think much of, but the quality of it is what makes or break the moment on the screen. Sound effects are the added sounds that provides or completes the action of the film, equally, some sound effects are known to carry symbolic meaning as-well.
Music create a convincing pervading tone or a moody setting if I may put it, it helps tell your story in the way you want and still be able to strike a very emotional cord, in which all put together can wow your audience and hopefully make them keep asking for more.
• Explain how the different categories of sound are being used in your chosen film.
The dialogue in I AM LEGEND is/was well extensive when it came to him trying to explain how may time he has tried to come up with a cure and it not being successful.
Assess the impact of sound in establishing the theme.
“Its original premise involved a “last man alive” scenario in contemporary Los Angeles, with one average man immune to a virus that has eliminated most of humanity and turned the remainder into vampires that seek to kill him during nighttime hours. His efforts to scrounge for food and supplies during the day eventually lead him on a search for a cure for the virus, one that he famously finds but is made somewhat irrelevant by his discovery that it is he who is the ultimate monster in need of execution.” (Filmtracks) One of the most intensifying things is when the wind was blowing which paints a picture in mind which is the loneliness and lack of living in the city of New York.
How does the use of sound inform the mood of the scene, or the film overall?
The quiet town having only the sounds of what is left of nature in it, really made each scene. It shows that there is not another person near Neville. In fact, he thinks that he is the last man alive until Anna and Ethan save him after he has a mental breakdown.
Can you identify specific sounds in your film that allow you to infer a particular genre?
The music used is when Neville discovers that the young woman that rescues him has never heard of Bob Marley. This was brought about when Anna saw a picture of Neville’s daughter, Marley. This is when Neville started to explain the meaning and reason why his daughter was named that, which was that his wife named her after Bob Marley but he then came to realize that Anna had never heard of Bob Marley. Neville then goes on to well explains how “Bob Marley literally though he could cure racism and hate with love and his music. Marley was shot before a peace rally, and he still went on stage to sing two days later. Neville says that people were asking Marley why he did that.” Neville says that Marley responds: “The people who are trying to make this world worse are not taking a day off. How can I? Light up the darkness.” This quote well establishes the right and exact theme of the movie. All Neville sees is darkness, and loneliness.
• Assess how the scene or sequence would play differently if you changed or removed a key category of sound.
I honestly believe if the sound effects were to be removed from this movie, it would have made the movie boring and hard to follow. As we all have come to recognize and respect the importance of music in a movie in this movie “the quiet town having only the sounds of what is left of nature in it, really made each scene.”
Filmtracks: I Am Legend (James Newton Howard). (n.d.). Retrieved July 27, 2015.
I Am Legend Soundboard. (n.d.). Retrieved July 27, 2015.
I AM LEGEND by WILL SMITH