In the beginning, the audio is kind of hectic and panicked which is also the scene in the story. When the spaceship crashed, the music was still panicked and worrisome. Next, the absence of sound created the spooky, ghostly feeling that something bad has happened and it’s a sense of mourning as the news is released. The next beating sound leads into the fact that we are about to hear more information about what just happened and some more news is coming. The sense of space can be heard through the airy audio and sounds of muffled voices.
Audio in storytelling and movies is important to set the mood for the movie. In scary movies, the audio creates the suspense and makes the viewer jump with the jump in pitch of the audio. I’ve always heard that a scary movie in mute, really isn’t that scary of a movie. An example of a scary movie that has great audio to create the proper atmosphere is one movie we were asked to watch last week, The Ring. The audio in the movie helps make the viewer jump and cringe as the movie goes on. In love movies, the audio is alway like a sort of low, harmonious audio that creates that aroma of happiness and love. Audio really can make or break a movie and a story because the wrong audio can leave the viewer or listener confused as to what the story is really about.
The movie the ring does a lot of contrasting with lights. Often the scenes have a black versus white/light appeal. The perspective of the movie is looking in on a bunch of different people who all watched this film and were told “seven days” foreshadowing they would die in seven days. For the lighting, the movie almost seems to be a bit drab and dark. It’s not quite fully lightened scenes; it’s almost like a misty view. The background of some scenes have a lot of shadows and creepy things. Some scenes have dark trees and mountains in the background while other scenes have just typical days.
I do not take that many pictures often and when I do it’s either of my kittens, niece, or boyfriend. And they’re not very scenic pictures, it’s just in the moment pictures with little or no effort. I don’t try to capture any kind of feeling or focus on anything particular so I guess I am not very successful at feelings or meanings in pictures. To improve my photography skills and after reviewing those sources, I could pay more attention to light and backgrounds. Also, I could try to capture more feeling and meanings in the pictures I take of people and things.
The two different horror medias I read/listened to were “Last Respects” by Tales from the Crypt and a Berenice reading by Dr. John audiobook. First and foremost, both medias displayed creepy media. The Edgar Allan Poe reading was made on a picture that can be seen at the bottom of this initial description. The Tales from the Crypt was a comic book that had haunted graphics but was not as bad as the images displayed on the reading.
The most effective part of the Berenice reading was the voice of the narrator. The almost monotone, deep voice left an eerie sense about the story. The second most effective part of the story was the musical sound effects in the background whenever the narrator would come across something wicked. This story fits into the horror spectrum because the story it is about gloom, disease, and being separated from the outside world.
“Last Respects” which can be found in Tales from the Crypt, is a comus book that explains and depicts a love story gone wrong. The two lovers hide the marriage and relationship from the uncle until one day he finds out. He forbids the lovers from seeing each other and the woman, Anna dies. The man then kills the uncle and is seen in a cemetery visiting Anna’s grave. This story fits into the terror/horror spectrum because it is about murder and fear of the uncle. Also, the way the story is laid out is effect because it begins with the man in the cemetery running and getting haunted and then the love story is flashed back on and then the man in back in the cemetery.
The three dolls above were shown in three different shows I watched this week. The first one starred in a movie called Trilogy of Terror 1975 (the Amelia part). What makes the first doll effective is that it truly in ugly. It’s teeth are scary and kind of look similar to those of a piranha. Also, the music that is played while the doll is attacking the lady and the sounds that are being played during the initial scare of the woman are super effective for making the audience jump and worry. The panic on the lady’s face and in her actions also create a state of panic for the viewers. The second doll is Talky Tina. The writer was effective in this episode because the doll looks so sweet and innocent but really is haunted and scary. The child also foreshadows the movements of the doll and what might happen when in the beginning of the episode she says that the doll talks and moves. The effectiveness used is created with the doll moving by itself and talking randomly. It creates a bit of suspense throughout the show because you know something is going to happen. I don’t think the bitterness of the father works in this series because I think it takes away from the haunted aroma of the doll. The third doll is on Night Gallery. The doll’s appearance is very effective in this show because just looking at the doll gives you an uneasy feeling. Once the doll is shown, the viewer can just guess somethings going to be wrong with the doll and scary things are going to happen. I didn’t really like the music in this show compared to the other ones. I think a big thing storytellers use when making shows online or n theaters in music and the impact it has on the viewers.
The first link that was provided was pretty much an explanation of today’s modern internet and the things students and adults use to communicate. I think this informative link was helpful to ascribe all the different techniques we have nowadays to communicate and stay connected with one another. I like the part that talks about how important your public image is and what exactly images do to use and how they are used to communicate ideas. I also think that Wikis and blogging are important to spread ideas and to use your own words to express how you feel and what you think.
For the Slender Man, web storytelling enabled the character to grow as a character and for the imagination of the readers and storytellers to grow. The creation of him sparked an interest among the peers and he was only added onto and built up more and more as time went on. I think that the creation of the Slender Man into the Marble Hornets is a new means of storytelling. Although I’m sure when creating new shows or characters, people sat around and came up with ideas together. This form of storytelling seems new because it is all done online through Open-Source. I enjoy the thought of people working together not face-to-face to come up with an idea for something great. I see “digital” as creating that different aspect to storytelling. There is traditional storytelling where things are made up or true and just being told and there is digital story telling that creates a picture in your mind and gives the reader something to build off of.
One night my parents decided it would be a good idea to take our family to a haunted house type thing that was being held in the woods at a near by park. The night was pitch black and the air had a certain crisp to it. It felt like any other typical Fall night. We all loaded onto the back of a trailer being hauled by a giant, loud tractor. The hay ride on the back of a tractor was supposed to be a family-friendly attraction. As we are sitting on top of hay bail in a trailer, things are popping out and scaring us. It wasn’t too bad until all of a sudden, a man wearing a mask and all black came jumping out of the trees with a chainsaw and chased the trailer. Everyone was screaming and kids even started crying on the hay ride. To this day, my dad still does not know if the man with the chainsaw was supposed to be there but it was one of the scariest experiences of my life.