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Diegetic and nondiegetic sound
- First, a review question, from the chapter on narrative form: what is a diegesis?
- So, what is diegetic sound?
- Bordwell/Thompson's Table 7.2 "Temporal Relations of Sound Cinema" (p. 295, 9th edition; p. 289, 8th edition) divides film sound into diegetic and nondiegetic categories. Then it divides the diegetic/nondiegetic categories into different uses of time (hence, "temporal"). This results in six different ways in which time, diegetic space and sound interact (listed below). Provide an example from a film we've seen (or just make up an example) for each.
- Group 1: Diegetic nonsimultaneous, sound earlier than image.
- Diegetic simultaneous.
- Group 2: Diegetic nonsimultaneous, sound later than image.
- Group 3: Nondiegetic nonsimultaneous, sound earlier than image.
- Nondiegetic simultaneous.
- Group 4: Nondiegetic nonsimultaneous, sound later than image.
- Considering the categories above, what types of sound are in the Traffic example?
- David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson, Film Art: An Introduction, 9th ed. (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2010).