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I've just got back from watching Jerzy Skolimowski's Essential Killing and wondered if anyone else had seen it. Throughout the film there is almost no dialogue (only a few lines at the very beginning of the film) as we follow an escaped terrorist, deafened by an explosion, trying to evade re-capture. Even the music score is very minimal and doesn't feature heavily.
It's a very bold attempt to make a movie with no dialogue. The story (obviously told by only image, and music/ambiances/sfx/foley) did manage to keep me interested from start to finish. But I feel that the sound design kind of played it a bit too safe. Don't get me wrong, it was good but I would have loved to see some more experimental stuff going on. Seems like a great opportunity to really push the limits when there is no dialogue and very little music dominating the soundtrack.
I felt similar...I didn't love the movie to begin with (had high expectation going into it though). For a sound designer, this SHOULD be a dream scenario. One where the sound crew can be extremely creative in the mix, recording and the edit. You're creativity can be minimized if the director has a clear vision for the sound of the movie and is active in the process. But it's always nice to work with a director who is aware of the importance in sound. Nevertheless, there is always room for creativity and experimentation on a project. It just happens to be in Essential Killing, there is a very small amount. The simplicity does however convey the story in a good manner and fits the emotions of the character as well as the environment.
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This type of movie can be every sound designer's dream or worst nightmare.
I personally would love to work on a challenge like this.
Thanks for posting this - I'll have to check it out.