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‘I just had a dream about it’: Subjectivity, sensitivity and sonic impressionism in Avondale Dogs

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Using montage editing, close-ups and subjective sound, the award-winning short film Avondale Dogs (1994) tells the story of a young boy and his dying mother. The protagonist, Paul, is quiet and sensitive, and his inner turmoil is conveyed through conspicuous cuts and a vivid use of diegetic and non-diegetic sound.
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Keywords: animalistic sound; blurred boundaries; impressionism; magnification; silence; sound design

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Aarhus University

Publication date: January 1, 2019

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