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AJIWE, Uchechukwu C., Samuel O. CHUKWU-OKORONKWO & Nkechi A. BATURE-UZOH

Subjective Effect of Sound Effects on Audience: A Semiotic Study of Selected Nollywood Films

Uchechukwu C. AJIWE

Department of Theatre and Film Studies

University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt

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Samuel O. CHUKWU-OKORONKWO

Department of Mass Communication

Abia State University, Uturu

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Nkechi A. BATURE-UZOH

Department of Theatre and Film Studies

University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt

Abstract

The necessity for the appropriateness of sound effects in the film medium cannot be overemphasized; yet there appears to be inadequate attention in the above regard in contemporary film discourse. This trend obviously accentuates the importance of the effective integrative roles of the sound designer and film editor in creating appropriate sound effects from both cultural and environmental motifs to be able to signify meaning in consonance with the totality of the film narrative. Film sound leaves no room for imagination on the part of the audience; rather their ears clearly perceive the messages as encoded by the film maker. Aesthetically, film tends to subject the audience to stay focused with the lens of the camera as their eyes and ears identify both the visual codes and synchronized sound codes. Thus, images and sound tap into audiences’ deepest fears and joy; skilfully playing on their emotions to purge them of attitudinal ills, and redirecting their different perceptions of life. The paper is therefore motivated by the above identified anomaly, to reinforce the necessity to accord sound, nay sound effects, due attention in contemporary film discourse; while critically examining sound as a signifying tool to the totality film narrative in Nigerian Nollywood terrain. 

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