Animated Film Critique

The Itching, a short film by Dianne Bellino and Adam Davies, is a 14-minute stop motion film. The film uses clay to portray the characters and set. The characters are animals so they don’t speak in the film and therefore there is no dialogue or voice over. The characters in the film communicate through their actions and the added sound effects & music suggest the tone of the interaction, actions and environment. Because this film was created using only sound effects and music, they did so in extreme detail and made sure every movement had an accompanying sound.

The film began with the main character walking through the woods and with ambient forest sounds. When the scene cut to inside the party and the characters turning on music, diegetic club music then entered the soundtrack. I was intrigued by some of the sound choices they made, where I myself may not have thought to put a sound effect there. Some of these noises include shuffling inside a purse, wind chimes in the background noise of a house, and fingers tapping paper. The sound effects were also true to the actions of the characters. The main character scratches his leg throughout the movie, but there is a change when he scratches with mittens on. This is a distinctively different sound then the first and was recorded as such.

I noticed two types of sound within the film: sounds accompanying actions on screen and sounds not in frame that implied a certain occurrence. The visible sounds are obvious such as walking and seeing feet, clinking and seeing the cheers, and phone ringing while the phone vibrates. Other sounds that imply actions off screen include someone walking out of frame getting audibly further away, shuffling through items, and waking back into frame with the item they just picked up. Because of the noise, the audience knows that the character retrieved the object in the room, it didn’t just magically appear. The sound mixer also took into account the point of view of the audience. Sounds were correctly aligned with the footage to match how far or close the character was from the camera. To keep unity within the film the sound for the most part always had the ambient forest noise in the background. Specifically in the party scene they kept some of the outside ambient noises in the background along with the club music and other club noises like walking and clinking drinks.

The music that overlaid the video enhanced the actions and emotions that the director wanted to relay to the audience. There was diegetic and non-diegetic music throughout the film. The non-diegetic music was so meticulously placed that I didn’t even notice when it would change. I was so caught up in the story that I had to go back to just listen to the music choice and transition. The music was all instrumental and complimented the scene. I also noticed the transitions were smooth because they used L and J cuts between scenes to make it less choppy.

In conclusion I thought the film used sound effects, music, actions and framing to connect with the audience effectively with the challenge of not having dialogue. I would recommend this film to someone because it was a short film and entertained me the entire time. The lack of dialogue allows the audience members to decipher for themselves what the meaning behind the story is and leaves you reflecting on the message.


Kindness Poem

Needham Poem Final

This is my first audio editing project.  My process for this project went rather smoothly.  I began by having my classmate record me reciting the poem, and I recorded her.  The entire class uploaded their recordings to Moodle and I proceeded to download those onto my hard drive.  Everything on my hard drive had a specific folder which allowed for easy access.  I proceeded to insert a line from each student into Premiere and strung them together to form the entire kindness poem.  I adjusted all of the audio levels and had to copy some audio from the left onto the right and make it louder with a single band compressor.  I then downloaded music from FirstCom Music.  I used Pro Sound Effects to download sound effects and ambient music.  I adjusted those audio levels to be softer and then I added a title page created on Photoshop.


These are three photoshop collages I created.  All three are centered around different visual and conceptual themes.

The first collage is centered around movement within dance and the body.  I wanted to keep the colors simple and muted to focus on the texture within the collage. I separated the top and bottom half of the page to distinctly show different textures in the images, but at the same time each side bleeds over into the other.

The dog collage was a fun collage to make because of my love for dogs.  I played with the grouping of the dogs in the upper right corner to create the idea of a pack. The dogs at the bottom are grouped together to show dimension.  And the dog leaping in the middle of the page acts as a center of focus bringing all the images together.

The third collage I made was about the ocean.  I edited all of the animals to be saturated or have a transparent effect to create the image of seeing a fish in the distance in the ocean.  I then inserted a scuba diver in full focus to be the main focal point.

Magazine Covers

This purpose of this assignment was to make two different magazine covers.

The College Sports magazine I created using a photograph that I took at an Elon softball game.  I followed the format of a sports magazine and added cover lines that would match the theme.  The background is a blurred crowd which I took from google images.

The second magazine I recreated is Cosmopolitan.  I took the image of Hilary Duff from Google images and then used it as the main image.  I then followed a format for a previous Cosmo cover.

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