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Fight Club - Unnecessary Audio
During the movie Jack is explaining to us about Tyler's movie related "changes" in his job. The camera turns to the audience and you can see the light from the flash of porn on the people, however there is also a corresponding sound with the flash (a female moaning). Tyler's job is involved with the actually switching of the projectors, he wouldn't have anything to do with the audio.
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big shit on 08-06-2001
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Stv writes:
On most reels of Film, the sound is on the Film along side the frame. Therefore if he adds a frame, there will also be sound along with it.
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asaidi writes:
I've been a movie theater projectionist for several years, so I know what I'm talking about when it comes to film projection. I wanted to clear up a few things about this mistake in this scene. First, for at least thirty years now, all movie soundtracks have been optical tracks on the film. There is no other "audio track" that some of the other comments have mentioned. The sound and picture are on the same piece of film. Second, film runs at 24 frames per second, which means that the picture AND the sound run that fast. So if someone were to splice in a single frame of film, the picture would only show up on screen for 1/24th of a second and the sound would only play for 1/24th of a second. 1/24th of a second of sound is a very brief pop. You wouldn't be able to make out any sound (a moan, or anything like that) if all you hear is 1/24th of a second of sound. Third and final point, that scene is actually wrong because the human eye can see one frame of film. If you have ever seen the count-down at the start of a reel of film (10, 9, 8, 7...etc) each number is only on one frame of film yet you can make out each number as it is shown on screen.
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amber writes:
I don't know anything about how movie film etc works, but I actually thought it was just another way of telling the audience that it was there. Since you wouldn't actually be able to see it at all, and even if the sound was included in the frame, you wouldn't be able to tell you heard it anyway. I think it was just done for the viewers.
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John writes:
Starting in the 80's, way after the dawn of sound movies, sound waves were converted to little dashes and wave-shapes directly on the film. Sound was made by light passing through the side of the film where the 'sound track' was, and, very much like a compact disc, the light was converted to the sound we hear today. It is more than probable that we would hear a woman moan on the film strip, though the sound recorded on one exposure of film would be a lot shorter than what we hear on the movie.
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berserkr writes:
actually, I believe that this isn't a slip-up at all. I think that the moaning comes from a woman in the audience, caused by her subconscious (unconscious or whatever) after watching the image.
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shaggydoo5 writes:
If you read the book, it explains all about how the guys running the projectors would fall asleep, and how sometimes the reel would miss the sprockets, and then while sliding off the track the sprockets would punch holes in the sound track and you then here a chopping noise instead of the audio. Anyway, according to the book that the movie was based on, the kind of movies that Tyler works with do have the soundtrack on the side. But yeah I agree it wouldn't have been that much of a sound, it should have only lasted 1/60 of a second.
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AlohaJo writes:
The video and audio are on the same strip!!!! This makes tons of sense, seeing as if the tracks were on different strips, then there would definitely be syncing problems every single time a film was projected.
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big shit writes:
I don't think so, he cut out a single frame from the film reel, for the sound to actually make sense he would have to splice the audio tape, the audio is on a reel, not on each individual frame; the f***ed up
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big shit writes:
I don't think so, he cut out a single frame from the film reel, for the sound to actually make sense he would have to splice the audio tape, the audio is on a reel, not on each individual frame; they f***ed up
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