1st Edition

Sound for Moving Pictures The Four Sound Areas

By Neil Hillman Copyright 2021
    220 Pages 44 B/W Illustrations
    by Focal Press

    220 Pages 44 B/W Illustrations
    by Focal Press

    Sound for Moving Pictures presents a new and original sound design theory called the Four Sound Areas framework, offering a conceptual template for constructing, deconstructing and communicating all types of motion picture soundtracks; and a way for academics and practitioners to better understand and utilize the deeper, emotive capabilities available to all filmmakers through the thoughtful use of sound design.

    The Four Sound Areas framework presents a novel approach to sound design that enables the reader to more fully appreciate audience emotions and audience engagement, and provides a flexible, practical model that will allow professionals to more easily create and communicate soundtracks with greater emotional significance and meaning.

    Of obvious benefit to sound specialists, as well as motion picture professionals such as film producers, directors and picture editors, Sound for Moving Pictures also provides valuable insight for others interested in the subject; such as those involved with teaching soundtrack analysis, or those researching the wider topics of film studies and screen writing.

    Supplementary materials can be found on the companion website: www.soundformovingpictures.com

    1 Introduction

    PART 1 Constructing the soundtrack

    2 Emotion in sound design

    3 Validating a new approach

    PART 2 Deconstructing the soundtrack

    4 The Four Sound Areas

    5 Applying the Four Sound Areas

    6 Reflections on practice

    PART 3 Communicating the soundtrack

    7 Adding to the lexicon

    8 Closing thoughts

    9 Appendices

    10 Credits





    Neil Hillman, PhD, is a highly experienced sound designer, production sound mixer and scholar who contributes to both multi-million budgeted feature films and crowd-funded indie movies. His PhD investigated emotion within sound design and considered enhanced audience engagement through the thoughtful use of the soundtrack.

    Whether you’re an experienced film practitioner or a student at the beginning of your career, an academic looking for a deeper understanding of sound design or a teaching professional designing a Master’s degree module, or even a lecturer or student involved in the wider topic of film studies, there is a wealth of theoretical, practical and applicable knowledge contained within this educational, informative and entertaining book.