#3 – Forbidden Lies

The use of audio (except the music) of Anna Broinowski’s 2007 film ‘Forbidden Lies’

From 0:00 to 0:33:

  • Bird singing (0:00 – 0:13): to show every dating of the couple is happy and sweet.
  • Sound effect (0:05): to emphasize Michael’s golden teeth.
  • Transitional effect (0:12 – 0:14)
  • Car passing (0:15 – 0:17)
  • Sound effect (0:17 – 0:18)
  • Dalia throws away the hijab (0:20 – 0:21): to emphasize her action, showing Dalia wants to get rid of the tradition.
  • Thing is dropped on the ground (0:22): to emphasize the traditions are abandoned.
  • Sound effect of car engine (0:21 – 0:23)
  • Dalia’s walking in the desert with the wind breeze (0:24- 0:26)
  • Strong wind (0:27 – 0:30): to show the woman walks far away with a jump cut.
  • Sound effect of pulsing the footage (0:31)
  • Someone says ‘this is not the truth’ and hits the table (0:31)
  • Sound of crushing thing (0:31 – 0:33): to help showing Dalia is turning into a pile of sand.

Sound 1.jpg

Plenty of sound effects are used to emphasize the actions, emotions and the changes of the love story characters. As most of the atmos here are muted, the sound effects composed by computer can be used widely and easily. The sound effects, especially the bird singing, make the romantic story look more like a fairytale or fantasy.

From 0:34 to 2:27:

  • Someone complaining the book (0: 34 – 0: 36)
  • Cashier sound effect (0:36): to draw viewers’ attentions.
  • Someone says the book is an insult to every Arab Muslim woman (0:38 – 0:41)
  • The Jordan Times journalist Rana Husseini introducing herself (0:43 – 1:15): to gain credibility.
  • Typing keyboard (0:56 – 1:02): to show Husseini’s professional, and to present different photos in the clip.
  • Transitional effect (1:03 – 1:05)
  • Sabbagh from the Jordan National Committee for Woman pointing out mistakes of the book (1:16 – 1:28)
  • Transitional effect (1:26)
  • Author Norma Khouri reads her book (1:29 – 1:33)
  • Camera capture sound effect (1:33)
  • Sabbagh’s pointing out mistakes of the book (1:33 – 1:37)
  • Husseini’s reading book (1:37 – 1:41)
  • Khouri’s reading book (1:40 – 1:51)
  • Transitional effect (1:42 – 1:51)
  • Heart beat effect (1:42 – 1: 56): to emphasize Jordan’s location.
  • Husseini’s pointing out the misdescription in the book (1:51 – 2:20)
  • Map’s moving (1:52 – 1:56): to show and emphasize the faults on the map.
  • Hawkers selling things outside the unisex salon (2:02-2:04)
  • Sound effect (2:05): to emphasize the unisex salon.
  • Husseini’s talking in the phone. (2:06 – 2:21)
  • Sabbagh’s talking about the unisex salon. (2:22 – 2:27)

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This part is used to break the previous romantic story by two professionals. Talents introduce themselves and then point out the mistake in the book. The audios of interviews and atmos are recorded by boom recorder. The reading of Khouri is recorded by wireless omnidirectional lavalier microphone.

In 1:40, Husseini and Khouri’s reading the same sentence are overlapped to transit different versions of Jordan’s location.

From 2:27 to 3:57:

Sound 3.jpg

The rest of the clip is overturning what Khouri mentioned in the book, providing Khouri’s version first, then Husseini and Dr. Sabbagh’s versions and evidences come right after. The final interview with the Music Box staff is recorded by the recorder.

The audios of Husseini, Dr. Sabbagh and the staff of the bookstore and gym room are recoded by boom recorder to show the accuracy.

Many sound effects are used to help presentation and enhance the dramatic effect. For example:

  • Sound effect (2:33): to emphasize the real salon in Jordan.
  • Sound of getting a note (2:57) and coin effect (3:00 – 3:02) are used to emphasize the right currency in 1996.
  • Sound effect 3:11 -3:13 to help showing the ‘time reversal’.
  • Camera capture sound effect (3:04): to transit one mistake to another.
  • Building collapse sound effect (3:26 – 3:28): to emphasize the hotel wasn’t exist in 1996.

 

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