Sound ad­vice from a reel film ex­pert

Scottish Daily Mail - - Freeview Primetime Planner -

HUGH GRanT is just the lat­est movie­goer to com­plain about over-the-top sound levels. The prob­lem is real films are no longer shown in cin­e­mas, only elec­tronic dig­i­tal files on a com­puter hard drive. Of the 20,000 peo­ple world­wide who have lost their jobs in this once great in­dus­try, top of the list are pro­jec­tion­ists. Part of my train­ing in the craft of film pro­jec­tion was to know your cinema and the au­di­ence. If it was not very full, the sound would be set at a low level. I would go into the au­di­to­rium from time to time to check. Mod­ern films have sound­tracks recorded to ex­press re­al­ism through stereo, but this can be­come dis­torted. For cinema chains to say sound levels can’t be al­tered is in­cor­rect as all am­pli­fiers have vol­ume con­trols. Just a little com­mon sense would keep movie­go­ers happy.

M. TAY­LOR, Liver­pool

In the can: Mike Tay­lor

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