Sound and Motion

Sound and Motion

In this final post on my DevLearn presentation in Las Vegas, I’m going to explore what Herbert Zettl refers to as the 4th and 5th dimensions of film-making – motion and sound.

The 4th dimension of motion can best be applied to transitions between scenes in learning videos. Using rhythm, momentum, and directional movement, the legendary director Edgar Wright is able to transport his viewers through time and space in a seamless piecing together of his narrative.

In a learning context, we are very often limited by attention spans reducing our total learning time. Smart use of transitions between scenes can be a way to speed up the action and link together learning objectives in a seamless way.

The 5th dimension of sound concerns how to convey additional information in much the same way camera angles and point of view can convey meaning.

Watch (and listen) how the writers and sound designers for A Quiet Place incorporated sound to tell their story.

In learning videos, we often use sound effects to set the scene, adding depth and context to an office scene for example with the background hum associated with offices. You can also explore using indicative sound effects (think ping! Or ding!) to draw the learner’s attention to key learning outcomes.

Before you go…

If you’re working on learning videos, and could use help, you can always schedule a no-obligation discovery call with me. If we can’t help you become the hero, I’ll be happy to point you in the right direction!

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