When you listen, do you converse or just stare into the abyss?
We alternately talked, laughed, listened, and wondered whose idea it was to make Vincent Price a blonde.
Sounds nice. My wife and I just watch the news together and sigh.
Does your wife share your love of film music?
Absolutely not! Although we did go to see Ennio Morricone together, and she does like 'The Ecstasy Of Gold'. However, it stops there. Come to think of it, sometimes she does recognize certain composers.
Boy, did you just steal my thought. Back in high school we were assigned a project in history class and the idea was to present something relevant to the 1920s or the like. I drove into a nearby city and got a beat up 16mm print of The General on loan from a library. Screened it over 2 days in class. After the first, everyone said it's too bad there was no music. No one was used to seeing a silent film without music. So I went to school library and found a cassette with old piano instrumentals and used it to "underscore" day 2. It worked okay! Everybody got a kick out of Buster Keaton. Teacher thought it was a ballsy thing to present for a class project.
I recently heard a director comment about something he does during post-production of his films:
"Once I get to the fine cut territory, I kill the sound and I watch the film visually without any sound. I watch it like I would over somebody's shoulder on a plane. 'Is this conveying the information to me?' When a film is working, you can watch it with no sound and visually it will work. Same as turning the picture off and just listening to the audio, like a radio play. 'Are things following in the right spot?' It comes down to milliseconds; it comes down to frames; and adjusting frames both visually and for timing. So, picture off, I'm figuring out timing, and then, picture on, sound off, I'm adjusting what needs to be and where, because you can actually feel it very easily that way."