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Film And Audio Choices Charecteristics Of A Beautiful Mind And Gladiator : Audio Visual Production

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Audio Theory EssaysEssay One: Audio Visual ProductionMovie Choice: A Beautiful MindBrief SynopsisA mathematical genius, John Forbes Nash, Jr. made an astonishing discovery early in life and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But his prodigious career was sidetracked by problems that would have broken many men. Nash, however, fought back. He had always been driven by his quest for one truly original idea and never lost sight of that dream. After many years of struggle, he triumphed over tragedy and literally changed the world. The film is inspired by events in the life of John Forbes Nash, Jr., and in part based on the biography A Beautiful Mind, by Sylvia Nasar.Essay (Audio/Visual)This movie has a real bona fide 'Gung Ho' feel, also lives the American dream and has that main feel good ingredient to it on the outside, on the inside John Nash is tearing himself apart. This reaction of mixed feelings has been brilliantly enhanced with the use of it's score, a superb mix of *non-diagetic audio. The undersore is mostly not heard by the characters themselves, on the odd accassion you can imagine how John Nash is feeling, the score hightens the emotions feltThere are parts in this film where you can literally feel and hear his mind working but don't truly know if it is just you that can hear this sound or if the character himself feels and hears this when he slips into his 'genius' mode, we know that other characters cannot hear it.The Director deliberately uses very no 'rock' music, and opts for more of a classical feel considering the type of circles and places John Nash frequented, stuffy universities and top secret buildings from the 40's and 50's through to the swinging 60's.The *non-diagetic score and *kinetic underscore gives the feeling of sophistication and authenticity, but add weight to scenes where nothing peripheral is happening, but is internal, within the characters mind. The background music is inherent to the movie and somehow wouldn't have given off the same feel without it, especially the Carnegie Tech and Princeton scenes and later at M.I.T. You can literally taste the places, the score and authentic sound effects just make it feel so real, no police sirens, aircraft, traffic, just total American suburbia and crickets, you sometimes feel that you can hear the grass growing it is so peaceful, the aural intrusions are used to great effect.One of the best audio visual scenes is when he is allegedly asked to help out the government crack some codes relevant to potential American nuclear targets in danger from the USSR, he is led into a large, echoing room which houses a gargantuan supercomputer within the Pentagon, which has sequences of numbers plastered all over the walls on old type screens.Then the *aural intrusion begins (giving the feeling of confined, orderly chaos) within his own mind, he slips into his 'genius mode'. He starts to see things that no-one else can, numbers pop out from the screens, this is his where he...

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