This film about the work of the soundman was presented by Members of the Motion Picture Industry and produced in cooperation with the Academy Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It begins with a snippet of a silent film as previously no soundman existed (:40) and it had taken 100 years to bring sound to the screen (:50). Thomas Edison was credited as the first to record sound and this invention revolutionized the theory of sound (:55).In order to record sound in motion it requires a team of technicians whom have been extensively trained in the acoustics of sound (1:16). A microphone swings above actor’s heads and this will pick up voices and convert them into electrical impulses (1:42), which are then sent through cables and to a mixing console depicted here (1:55). The quality of sound must be judged and proper levels must be balanced between sound and picture (2:05). The voices are sent traveling through relays in amplifying equipment (2:09) and then to the recording room where they will be copied onto a separate film shown here (2:11). A negative of the sound film is developed (2:19) and crafted into a separate soundtrack (2:27). The film then shows just how these voices look projected onto the screen (2:33), as well as the result of the film and soundtrack combined (2:44). Warner Bro’s were the first to produce a sound film called ‘Lights of New York’ (3:09). Although it was a great achievement, it created a challenge for actors as they had to project into a fixed microphone (3:12). The first sound film recorded outside was “In Old Arizona” and fixed microphones were still used here (3:55). Improved portable equipment was later developed and this allowed freedom of mobility (4:17). A film library which holds thousands of specific sounds is shown (4:20). Some of the titles include ‘horses out’, ‘trap door’, ‘street traffic’ and more (4:32). An example ensues of how multiple sounds are blended in order to create a scene at a horse race track (5:04). These sounds are mixed together in the recording room (5:31). Sound specialists use dials to control the volume of specific sounds (5:45), and the finished product is depicted (7:13). In addition to motion pictures, classrooms also benefited from the advancements in sound recording (7:33). The film begins to wrap up as scenes from ‘Tugboat Annie’ with Marie Dressler and Wallace Beery (7:56) and from Grace Moore in ‘One Night of Love’ (8:10) are shown.
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