Often the first exercise I do when delivering a CPD session or example lesson is one using sound. Sound carries far more emotion than the visual content of films. Hollywood directors say that up to 80% of the films emotional content is in the soundtrack, note – not the actors performance, not the story, not the explosive special effects. It is possible to watch a horror film and not be scared simply by turning off the sound.
There are some great exercises to do with the sound track.
1. Find a great film with a great sound track and just play the sound (hide the screen), ask the class/group to write down what they hear. Share and discuss their thoughts.
2. Create your own soundtrack while a film is playing.
3. Use a sound track to write a story (without seeing the film first).
4. Make a storyboard for a piece of music.