The Sounds of Films -Armageddon

While each of the three main categories of sounds are primarily recorded separately, they are all mixed in the final editing process while being mindful to carefully balance each piece together (Goodykootz & Jacobs, 2014). The first, dialogue, is when characters in a film converse with each other. As Goodykootz & Jacobs (2014) wrote, dialogue from movies can, and have, influenced our personal communication in our everyday lives. For instance, the phrase “…Bond, James Bond” from the film Dr. No (1962).  This phrase, no matter the context of a conversation, can be easily understood and recognized.

Without the second category, sound effects, the films The Hurt Locker and Transformers “neither film would have been nearly as effective without the expert use of sound effects and sound editors (Goodykootz & Jacobs, 2014). Sound effects are added to films to enhance the effectiveness of the shot or scene. Imagine for a moment watching a light saber fight scene from Star Wars without the sound effect of the saber. It would not be as intense or dramatic as it is with it.

Lastly, music in a film, whether in the form of a soundtrack or score, gives great depth to a scene in ways that it may enhance a characters personality or bring sadness to a woman’s face. The soundtrack, as Goodykootz & Jacobs write, is a specific collection of songs that are not heard in the movie (2014). The score, on the other hand, is music specifically written for the film. For example, Bernard Herman’s string of violins in the 1960’s movie, Psycho (Goodykootz & Jacobs, 2014). Contrasting would be a films soundtrack. An example would be Aerosmith’s “I don’t want to miss a thing” from the 1998 movie, Armageddon.

In my chosen film of Armageddon, dialogue, sound effects, and a soundtrack are all present in this film.

In the clip below you can hear the sound effects in full use as the sound of missiles and bombs going off around add to the intensity and panicked feeling of the scene. Sound effects are like layers of a scene, the more effects you have, the better the scene is experienced.

There is also dialogue throughout this movie, as heard in the clip below. The dialogue brings to surface issues and internal emotions of the characters that may be hard to act out. For instance, we can see that an emotional connection is occurring between the two characters, but without the dialogue when he asks her to marry him; we may have just perceived this to be a short lived infatuation, whereas when he proposes marriage, this brings up the level of emotional connection to the characters; an aspect that will later impact us as the men confront conflict in space.

Additionally, the soundtrack and score make this movie a love story as well as a science fiction film. From the sound of explosions in the space journey to the sound of the violins in the love scenes, these scores and sound effects help the viewer connect on a deeper level. Imagine if there was no sound in love making scene where we could only hear the sound of blankets ruffling or lips smacking. If we added an orchestrated melody in the background the connection the viewer’s attention would shift more on the reality of the shot than the sounds of ruffles. Additionally, the most recognizable track of this film would have to be, Aerosmith’s “I don’t want to miss a thing”. This song tugs at the audiences emotions with its lyrics.


Goodykoontz, B., & Jacobs, C. P. (2014). Film: From watching to seeing (2nd ed.). San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

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