Director: James Cameron
Starring: Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslet
Dialogue-Dialogue is the conversation between characters in a film.
Sound Effects-Sound effects are the sounds used in a movie to enhance or help set a tone for what is happening throughout the particular scenes of a film.
Music-Music is used in a film to emphasize or create a mood through a song or instrumental being played while a scene or sequence unfolds.
Sound has a great impact in establishing the overall theme of a movie or a particular scene as well as creating the intended mood. When creating a mood for a chaotic scene or fight scene often times loud and fast paced music is used, whereas in a romantic scene, love music or music that is soft and typically slower is used. In the film Titanic there are all forms of sound used throughout the movie, to create the mood, as well as to intensify certain key moments in the story. Music is largely used, with portions of the music from Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” being played in several scenes. The music is used in both romantic scenes as well as scenes that are meant to evoke emotions. The song is also played during the ending credits of the film. The music played at the balls and parties taking place on the Titanic speaks to the time and era the film takes place, with different classical orchestrations and Waltz that were popular in the year 1912. Dialogue is another form of sound that is almost constant throughout the film, with most of the dialogue being mainly between the two lead characters, Jack (DiCaprio) and Rose (Winslet). The sound effects are also used throughout, mostly at the films climax when the ship hits and ice burg and is damaged and also when it is beginning to sink and there is mass panic. The sound of people running and moving through the water that is flooding the ship is very realistic and the gives the viewer the effect of being actually on the ship as the ordeal unfolds. The sound effects are also used to magnify the impact of the ice burg damaging the ship and the rushing water flooding in once the ice burg has ripped through the bottom side of the ship. In the last scenes of the film before Rose is rescued, she is laying on a door from the ship in the icy water barely clinging to life and you can hear as the unanimous objects around bob in and out of the water, creating a really realistic experience of what was happening to her character. If the music from the film were removed it would take away from the large theme of romance in the film, and it would also detract from recreating the classic era of 1912 with all of the symphonic music. The use of music throughout this film was truly enhanced and elevated both the theme and the story.
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