Audio Theory Essays
Essay One: Audio Visual Production
Movie Choice: A Beautiful Mind
A mathematical genius, John Forbes Nash, Jr. made an astonishing discovery early in life and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But his prodigious career was sidetracked by problems that would have broken many men. Nash, however, fought back. He had always been driven by his quest for one truly original idea and never lost sight of that dream. After many years of struggle, he triumphed over tragedy and literally changed the world. The film is inspired by events in the life of John Forbes Nash, Jr., and in part based on the biography A Beautiful Mind, by Sylvia Nasar.
This movie has a real bona fide 'Gung Ho' feel, also lives the American dream and has that main feel good ingredient to it on the outside, on the inside John Nash is tearing himself apart.
This reaction of mixed feelings has been brilliantly enhanced with the use of it's score, a superb mix of *non-diagetic audio. The undersore is mostly not heard by the characters themselves, on the odd accassion you can imagine how John Nash is feeling, the score hightens the emotions felt
There are parts in this film where you can literally feel and hear his mind working but don't truly know if it is just you that can hear this sound or if the character himself feels and hears this when he slips into his 'genius' mode, we know that other characters cannot hear it.
The Director deliberately uses very no 'rock' music, and opts for more of a classical feel considering the type of circles and places John Nash frequented, stuffy universities and top secret buildings from the 40's and 50's through to the swinging 60's.