My film assigned to me specifically for sound purposes was spy game. After I do a breakdown of the formal elements involved with sound, I have to compare the sound design the High Noon and to Star Wars IV
These are my notes for the first 27 minutes ====
Shrill violin, sounds asian. This accompanies the su chou prison. Once we see those words that it is a prison, there are heavy drums underneath the digestic sounds. The violin wailing comes back over top of the drums. It has a fast tempo, though it is quite soft.
Once we enter into the room for imjections the music goes away. However once there is a close up of Tom Bishop face a softer. Eerier music comes in. It underlines the scene in which the proisoners are asking for injections.
This music builds once Bishop electrocutes himself. It cieses once his co workers try to revive him. But it amps back up before the guards of the prison gets there. Then a heavinly creepy sound comes as he is pronounced dead and we see that he is very much alive.
The music gets very low and direct as Muir begins to move about the room. There is random bursts of frumming that build as Bishop goes into the depths of the prison searching for something. Another element gets added, an asian sounding instrument. The music calms once he makes a connection with a girl- and a base line comes in, almost americanizing the score. The drums and heaviness reappear when we go back to the workers trying to fix the electrical unit.
Once he says “Get Out Now” the music matche sthe chaos in the prison, because the electricity is back. There is heavy drumming, and jarring low noted instuments in the score. There are also some high shrills.
But then we are moved to the ambulance where Bishop is in the back seat. The music is calm, slow, but something is off. Music builds majorly as Bishop thinks he’s safe. But a crescendo of music allows the audience to realize that something bad is about to happen.
The drumming is back as guns get pointed everywhere and men are dragged across floors.
All of this music stops once we whirl through Asia and reach hongkong and the title card is finally introduced.
Music is bassy and has electric guitars as we are transported to langley virginia. There is still drumming but the Asia style has ceased. The music mellows out as we are inside of the C.I.A. Building and we meet the other main character. Mr. Muir There are stringed chords that go underneath this scene but once we enter the cubicle area there are these triumphant chords, maybe showing us that we can trust this guy. The bassy and drum filled sound once we see that the problem is in Hong Kong.
No music underscoring Mure and theother guys scene until he says “Good Luck with Your retirement.” Maybe it’s awakward because it’s obvious that these two don’t like eachother. Muirgets out some papers from a secret file on bishop and the music comes back. The drums and the triumphant but eerie schore. Bada-cha-chaaaa.
Crsecendos as he enters back into the cubicle area but stops once he is inside of it.
Then we go back into the conference room. Muir seems to try to reconnect to some of the old members of the task force. However no one is speaking to him at all. There is no score in the beginning. When the man says that tom bishop has been arrested for espianage, the eerie violin sound comes back into the scene. Everytime there is a time scene shown- this being 8:02 am- a loud whooshing bam comes in and startles the feeling. The violin is joined by some other instruments, and is almost soothing. Once he accuses the team of being afraid of something, the music turns and gets dark. It’s soft, but dark.
He describes who bishop was. Says “Spring of 75”- electric guitar chords come in. Sounds like a rock ballad of in fact 75. There are lyrics ac/dc ish that accompany it as well as helicopter noises, diegetic with in the scent. The americanized music because this was an American War stops once Muir and another army member engage in conversation.
Bishop meets Muir.
Once Muir describes what Bishops mission is, the asian styled music and drumming reenters. There are wooshes that match the shats. A woosh for a close up. Once the gun men have the targets in range, sounds of joy come back. Then a hellicopter comes over head drums, and a wammy guitar come back in. It is fast and uncomfortable. Very modern, and less asian stlyed- perhaps because an american is about to shoot a vietnamese general.
The guitars drop out as we get down to a raw and strangely timed drum song. It’s like the drums are battling, which matches what is going on in the film. The strings come back in as the two characters are trying to run away safely from the helicopter. Once the helicopter goes down, there is a huge explosion, but the amricans are ok.
The music is sad and full of strings, which follows the Americans search for the lost members. Muir apologizes to the other man, about the deceased, and the music gets heavy with a constant beat, which has the sad but sweet strings over top of it. They found their men, and it is very happy. I believe a harp was weaved in the score somewhere.