Sound Analysis of Jaws (1975)| Get out of the Water Scene.

This essay focused on experiencing film through sound by the analysis of a scene in the film Jaws (1975), Directed by Steven Spielberg. ‘Get out of the Water Scene’ in Jaws (1975) uses its audio to convey ideas to provide an experience by the use of dialogue, ambient noise, and music, complementing what the audience sees on screen. Jaws’ use of dialogue provides a direction for the audience to not only understand the narrative, but also evoke emotions of unstableness and unpredictability. The music combined with the ambient noise used in Jaws (1975) reinforces both visual expression, and emotion. However, not limited to emotions, the film’s music also provides a replacement for visual representation in the form of a leitmotif.


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