currently I’m working on my bachelor’s degree with the topic: Filmic representation of altered states (with a focus on the sound design of dream sequences).
Do you have favorite sounding dream sequences? If so, why?
Secondly, what are your favorite subjective scenes (e.g. Omaha Beach scene in Saving Private Ryan)?
I can’t actually remember too many dream sequences that stuck out for me. I do like the wake up in the Dream Sequence from Star Trek First Contact though. That’s cool. And the wake up red herring thing too, though that’s a script writing thing not a sound design thing.
I’d suggest you take a look at the opening scene from Apocalypse Now (1979), which I guess is more of a daydream, between sleep, hallucination scene, but it does have a number of interesting sound aspects created by Walter Murch:
- counter-punctual music
- ghost helicopter, fan, real helicopter
- counter-punctual soundscape, real soundscape
I’ll let you do your own research and analysis of the scene, but I think there should be some millage from it.
Very interesting! I did my Master’s Thesis about how dream sequences sound in movies so let me know if you need any help or ideas 🙂
My favorite dream sequence has to be the infamous Diner Scene from Mulholland Drive by David Lynch. Not only is it a great and terrifying scene but the sound design is so beautiful and extremely well crafted. The attention to detail in the sound design is amazing and underlines some of my theories about how dream sequences usually sound.
Notice how the sound around the two characters slowly gets more and more obscure. All the natural ambience from the diner scene slowly morphs into a deep and dark drone tune.
Later on when they leave the restaurant you hear a car drive by. The sound of that car driving by is soaked in reverb which ends up being an integral part of the background music/drone music.
Just thinking about that scene gives me goosebumps 🙂