The Sounds of Insidious: The use of diegetic and non-diegetic sounds within James Wan’s films

Paper by Gregory DiFilippi.

The creaking of a door, the shattering of the window, the buildup of manic strings, or the bang of a percussive piano, all can highlight the emotional or artistic view of a film. Director James Wan utilizes the thundering of pianos and the scathing of a human’s voice within both Insidious (2010) and Insidious Chapter 2 (2013) to deliver a haunting impact on the viewer. The use of diegetic and non-diegetic sounds combined with slow zooming close ups and swiping camera angles produces a comparative method to how director’s Akira Kurosawa and Alfred Hitchcock used sounds within Throne of Blood (1957) and Psycho (1960) to create an emotional response in the audience.

Before James Wan’s first film Saw (2004), “He knew by the age of 11 that he wanted to be a filmmaker and went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Melbourne” (Tribute). For Saw, “Wan directed an eight-minute sample short on DVD…[and] Producers at the US film company Evolution saw the DVD and were impressed” (Tribute). Saw became, “… the largest- grossing horror franchise of all

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Μικρά Αγγλία (Pantelis Voulgaris, 2013): Greece

Reviewed by Katrina Storton. Viewed in theater.

Μικρά Αγγλία (Little England)

I was recently given the amazing opportunity to attend the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival on its opening day of June 4th. The main full length film (amongst other short films) was Μικρά Αγγλία, known as Little England, in English. The film spoke to me as I feel it did to everyone else attending the film festival. Little England is based in Greece at the beginning of the interwar period and ends in the 1950s. While the film focuses on the Saltaferou family and their trials and tribulations, the main focus is on the sisters Orsa and Moscha Saltaferou and their love for the same man, Spyros Maltabes. Don’t be fooled by this description, this isn’t any normal love triangle. Unlike other films that show love triangles as almost something you wish to have in your love life. Little England displays the unhappiness that can be presented in arranged marriages, family secrets and having to ‘share’ your true love with another loved one. There is a saying “If you truly love something, set it free.” Little England

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