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How film-makers manipulate our emotions

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 02:26 PM

In 1939, queen of Hollywood melodrama Bette Davis starred in Dark Victory - the tragic story of a wealthy party girl dying of a brain tumour.

The audience knows that death will follow quickly after blindness. In the finale, her character's vision begins to falter and she moves slowly up a grand staircase.

Davis knew this moment would secure her chance of a third Academy Award.

She asked the director, "Who's scoring this film?" and was told it was the supremely talented Max Steiner.


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Posted 16 September 2013 - 01:15 PM

So they've been using infra sound in horror for the last decade eh?
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Posted 21 September 2013 - 04:54 AM

This particular track really resonates with me.

It's from the neo-noir film Brick (2005)..

It's only a minute long, but an excellent example of how film soundtracks can provoke emotional responses.

Edited by Hatake Kakashi, 21 September 2013 - 04:57 AM.

"Let us sit upon the ground and tell sad stories of the death of kings."
- William Shakespeare, Richard II, Act III, Scene II
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Posted 21 September 2013 - 06:22 AM

As an amateur filmmaker studying to make it my profession, these were among the first techniques I learned, in terms of story telling. A filmmaker with average technical skill can make something great if he understands these.

I reject your reality, and substitute my own! Mostly because yours is boring as hell.

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