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Diegetic sound

The sound that is present and/or captured during the recording of the video.

It is sound that the characters can hear as well as the audience, and usually implies a reaction from the character. Also called "literal sound" or "actual sound":

  • Voices of characters;
  • Sounds made by objects in the story, e.g. heart beats of a person
  • Source music, represented as coming from instruments in the story space.
  • Basic sound effects, e.g. dog barking, car passing; as it is in the scene
  • Music coming from reproduction devices such as record players, radios, tape players etc.

Key Terms

actual sound
audience
character
characters
diegetic sound
literal sound
objects
reaction
sounds
voices characters

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Last modified on May 25 2019
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