Emotionally Interpretting “The Lion King”

Originally having sought out to explore Foley art and it’s (intentionally unnoticeable) effects on an audience’s perceptions, I evolved my vision to include sound effects in a more broadly defined way. I specifically chose an animated move because it relies so heavily on added sound effects to create the final product. I settled on the “Circle of Life” scene which opens “The Lion King” because it has a lot of actions which can be correlated to sounds and because it has very few visual suggestions of emotion – that is, the emotional response to the scene is nearly entirely dependent upon the associated sound.

Using a mixture of Foley art and sound downloaded from both FreeSound and YouTube, I pieced together sound effects and mood music according to what was visually occurring in a copy of the opening scene of “The Lion King” from which I had stripped the audio. I combined this audio track (created in Garage Band) with the visual in iMovie. The final product can be accessed with the YouTube link below.



2 thoughts on “Emotionally Interpretting “The Lion King”

  1. Hi Tess,

    Your re-setting of the Lion King is very effective. I love the foreshadowing of sound you do right before the ant scene, especially. And, as described in class, I think you find a really good blend of using realistic sounds, but leaving out just enough context so that it feels evocative rather than illustrative.

    The main thing I’m missing here is not in the project itself, but in the documentation. Which sounds were Foley sounds? What freesound files did you use? Since everything is there with the project itself, it’s important to take the next step and provide documentation for how you got there. (In a sense, that is the intended purpose of the documentation snippets, but it never hurts to do this in the final project as well.) Its an important part of the artistic process, because it communicates the story of the project itself to your audience. In general, people really do want to know a bit about this story!


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