Jaccos Film

Jaccos Film, NFTA graduation film 2009

prod.: Derk-jan Warrink, Constant van Panhuys
dir: Daan Bakker
DOP: Robbie van Brussel
sound: Jaap W. Sijben
edit: Michelle Hofman
composer: Matthijs van der Veer
vfx: Flip Buttinger, David Goubitz

You can find two sound design descriptions with film clips of my graduation film below. At the bottom you can find the DVD description and complete film, unfortunately without English subtitles.

Sound design example 1
After a musical introduction in witch Jacco explains his colourful life with jet speed we see a frontal medium shot of Jacco behind the window of his home. He is watching descending clothing. We see the clothing in the reflection of the window. In sound we hear his pounding and shouting parents from the room above followed by a voice-over of Jacco. He only speaks about the descending clothing ‘My mother throws ones a month all my fathers clothing out of the window’ (in the pictures). He doesn’t speak about the shouting (in sound) witch makes clear he wants to tell a different reality.
Interaction between pictures and sound is essential for the narration of a story. Interaction between pictures and sound means that there information comment each other. Together they tell a different story then as they do separately so new information is created. This is called the counterpoint (of the interaction between pictures and sound).
Sound information: a pounding and shouting couple in a different room witch you hear the sound from via the sealing and the stairs with corridor and opened doors.
Pictures information: Jacco in front of the window in the living room watching descending clothing outside.
Counterpoint: Jaccos parents are upstairs pounding and shouting in the room above him, his mother throws his fathers clothing out of the window (witch he confirms in the voice-over).

Sound design example 2
The camera is panning fast between Jacco and the snack bar owner. They are playing the ‘guess capital of country’ game. The music is source-music (=music with is in the space of the scene) and pretty present . It changes for tension reasons to ‘non-diagetic’ (=film or pit music) just before the close shot on the owner where we see him thinking of the most difficult country. After Jacco has guessed the capital again right the music stops to make the astonishment of the owner bigger. In the silence you hear two slot machine sound (from father) to keep feeling the rhythm of the music and to a give a cartoon ‘stupidity’ accent. When the owner says ‘shit men’ the music is back again and is source-music as before. Then Jacco turns around to see if his father is proud of him. While doing the slot sound increases and sounds closer, the source-music gets softer and the owner is not needed for the story so walks away while swearing off-screen (=only in sound) . His father doesn’t even look up and Jacco turns back to his plate with fresh fries. When he grabs one his fries, father says: ‘Don’t eat too much fries, chef’. Despite of this negative fact the voice-over of Jacco interpret this positive because his father is calling him chef. A short conformation of his conclusion follows…

DVD description and complete film
Jacco, a ten year old kid, takes the hand of the viewer and shows by his film his colourful experience of the world. He tells full of enthusiasm about his friends, female friends, interests, daily activities and not to forget: the wonders of nature. To believe him, he is a amazingly successful young men. The fact that his parents are unforgivably fighting doesn’t seem to bother him at all: Jacco knows the world on his own. But for how long?
A tragicomedy about a kid towards reality.