Master of New Media

S&I Assessment 3: Forbidden Lies

In this clip from Forbidden Lies, I think all the sound source is recorded in three ways, which are the post-production, boom microphone and mini wireless microphone.  In the first 30 seconds, all the sounds except music are made through post-production synthesis, which includes tweedle, sound effects, a car passing, wind chimes, the turban being thrown and dropped, the sound of the wind and the woman becoming sand.  These sounds can be placed in the same layer called ‘Sound Effect’ because they are part of the sound design, and the resources can be downloaded from the Internet, through different materials to increase the audience’s feelings of the sound.  

Then journalist Rana Husseini said ‘it’s not true’.  The voice is the same with her self-introduction in the subsequent scene, the sound source is boom mic like we do the interview.  The voice of these respondents can be placed in a different layer called ‘Interviewer 1’.  In addition, there is a sound effect when the book occupies the frame.  


Then, she put down the book, this sound may be recorded by the boom mic, or this is a sound effect.  I personally think that should be sound effects cause this weak voice is not easy to be recorded by the boom mic; the sound of knocking on the keyboard is the same way.  Rana’s self-introduction appeared with background music.  These two sounds are not in the same layer when we edit cause the background music has its own layer.

For Dr Amal A Sabbagh interview, I think it’s also using the boom mic, and it recorded the sound of the birds in the environment while the sound is very weak.  The sound of Dr Amal can be edited in a new layer called ‘Interview 2’.  Followed by the use of other movie clips, which can be edited in another layer.  And Rana Husseini’s voice appeared at the same time proving the two voices in different layers.

After that, a variety of sounds such as heartbeat, haircut and background music is edited in ‘Sound Effect’ and ‘BGM’ layer separately.

The mini wireless mic is used in location shooting especially for Rana Husseini.  Because the boom mic is hard to collect Rana’s voice when she’s moving, and the noise of the environment will be recorded.

Back to interview other people indoors, the boom mic is used, because the noisy environment sound is recorded.  Moreover, I find a detail, when Rana asked the shopkeeper, Rana’s voice is more clear than the shopkeeper’s voice.  I guess this is proof of the difference between the two sources of sound collection.

Finally, when Rana called, I thought it was recorded with a mini wireless mic either Rana and respondent.  Because the respondent’s voice is not like the post-production, just the phone turns on the speaker.


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