(Dir. Francis Ford Coppola, 1979. Starring Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Larry Fishburne)
FOR EDUCATIONAL USE ONLY
• The music, a disfigured variation on the Latin-influenced music of many American westerns, draws associations to the cowboy shoot-outs of Eastwood and Wayne while foreshadowing that things will go horribly wrong both in the immediate and distant future. Particular points of musical climax match with visual counterparts (ex. the death of Clean Miller, Laurence Fishburne’s character) to add greater gravity to the scene.
• I used a large library of effects to transmit the chaos of the firefight. Attaining clarity of the disparate sonic elements during the battle required careful frequency distribution, panning and volume control so that minor effects, such as the sound of shell casings hitting the boat floor, would be audible when placed beside elements that are more prominent. In the brief period before the gun battle, it was important to convey a sense of claustrophobia on the boat because it adds to the feeling that the firefight, when it occurs, is inescapable. Thus, effects, like the sound of the gas canister, were important to reproduce accurately because they add an aural spatial characteristic that highlights the limited space the 5 soldiers have to move in (the canister hiss was created using filtered and phased white noise).
• There was a voice/image synchronization problem with the original dialogue (00:40). I have modified the placement of the voice-over to conceal the problem as best as possible.