This is a short film recreating a working class apartment moments before, during, and after an ICE Raid. It will be one camera motion dollying out on a cup of coffee, slowly revealing the apartment and the ensuing chaos and violence incurred from the raid. In emphasizing an element of desaparecido (disappearing or being taken), the audience experiences the raid through the camera motion reveal, and the audio design.
The piece works in existing in a multiple spaces of time, that are divided in two moments: the beginning, middle, and end of the raid (done in sound design), and the overall aftermath (as revealed in the camera motion). These two elements are reconciled into a singular narrative existing in present time when the camera finishes its exit out of the front door of the apartment (having been torn open [violence]) and the sound design concludes with a small child, who had been in hiding and now left behind, stepping into frame.
The sound design is the child's auditory experience; it is also representative of the present living in the echoes and conclusion of the past. "We live in the product of inter-generational violence."
The Deafening Silence by Matthew Yongue
The Sound of the Senses by H.A. Sanchez
Sound plays a vital role in telling a story in film. Beyond depicting what we see and lending a heightened sense of reality to a scene, sound can be used in bold and imaginative ways. A creative sound designer can make choices that are not obvious, going beyond the merely naturalistic to a more expressive dimension. Write a scene that provides an emotional landscape where sound can play a major role in telling the story. Please incorporate specific sounds in the scene that could aid a sound designer in producing your scene. Your submission can be in any genre (drama, comedy, action, horror, etc) and should be no more than 10 pages.
Your written work cannot exceed 10 pages.
Deadline to submit: July 31, 2020 at 2PM PT.
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