Title

The Guiding Factor: Music In American Cinema

Presenter Information

Jordan Vidmore

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC 301

Start Date

21-5-2015

End Date

21-5-2015

Keywords

Film, Music, Consciousness

Abstract

In this presentation, I examine the ways in which music has been incorporated into some of America’s best and worst films, and the effect this has had on the viewers perception of the story. Through consideration of the diegetic and non-diegetic use of music in film, case studies of the relation of human nature to music, and the association between the musical, dialogical, and visual elements of film in the cognitive framework, I argue that music has a guiding factor in the viewers perception of the visual and dialogical elements of the film. In the words of director Steven Spielberg, “[T]he eye sees better when the sound is great.”​

Faculty Mentor(s)

Anne Cubilié

Department/Program

Film and Video Studies

Additional Mentoring Department

Douglas Honors College

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The Guiding Factor: Music In American Cinema

SURC 301

In this presentation, I examine the ways in which music has been incorporated into some of America’s best and worst films, and the effect this has had on the viewers perception of the story. Through consideration of the diegetic and non-diegetic use of music in film, case studies of the relation of human nature to music, and the association between the musical, dialogical, and visual elements of film in the cognitive framework, I argue that music has a guiding factor in the viewers perception of the visual and dialogical elements of the film. In the words of director Steven Spielberg, “[T]he eye sees better when the sound is great.”​