Week 7 - Fargo - Sound Design

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Week 7: Sound Design 02/03/2009 03:50:00 Sound Design   Fargo               -One of the most obvious and often comical elements in the sound design  of Fargo is the exaggerated Midwest accent coloring the dialogue.  While this folksiness  can be humorous, it also masks the dark undertones throughout Fargo.              -The film utilizes a score, dialogue and various sound effects in its sound  design.  The score is based on a simple theme that repeats throughout the film.  Much  of the sound is source sound provided by televisions, radios and a jukebox.             -The sound of cars is perhaps the most prevalent sound effect in the film,  becoming a motif that establishes the auto industry as a symbol of independence and  the American dream.  Much of the background noise is provided by the cars in which  several important scenes take place.  The drone of the engine provides a stark, eerie  setting that enhances the tone of the film and compliments the barren setting of the  Midwest tundra.              -Much of the dialogue takes place through telephone conversations.  This  use of off screen sound creates an impersonal divide between characters and  emphasizes their isolation.              -Silence is very important and used periodically to emphasize specific  moments. Silence is used to create a rift between the two hired kidnappers.  Steve  Buschemi seems to be always talking, and generally in an abrasive manner. Peter  Stormare, on the other hand, never talks unless provoked.  This difference in  personality, emphasized by contrasting speech patterns, leads to conflict between the 
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This note was uploaded on 03/02/2009 for the course CTCS 18000 taught by Professor Casper during the Fall '09 term at USC.

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