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Siraj Syed is the India Correspondent for and a member of FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics. He is a Film Festival Correspondent since 1976, Film-critic since 1969 and a Feature-writer since 1970. He is also an acting and dialogue coach. 



IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 24: A dialogue on sound, with FTII Assoc. Prof. Madhu Apsara

IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 24: A dialogue on sound, with FTII Assoc. Prof. Madhu Apsara

Sounds are crucial for a film to feel realistic for the audience. Sounds and dialogue must perfectly sync with the actions in a cinema without any lag and must sound the way they look.  Suggesting sounds for better quality output is necessary wherever we feel the need, said Prof. Madhu Apsara, Associate Professor, Department of Sound Recording and Design, Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.

He was delivering a lecture on ‘Sound Design in Cinema’ as part of film appreciation session through OTT platform, at the 51st edition of International Film Festival of India, being held in Goa.

He opined that “being sensitive to sound is essential, especially the natural and atmospheric sounds, as they add up to the narrative.”  He emphasised the need to check the microphone and that not all sounds can be put together. As required, sounds can be amplified as and where necessary.

A sound recordist should pay attention to the recording equipment to yield better sound effects, as each sound has an exclusive expression, and no sound can be considered not worthy. 

Stressing on the need for better sound design in order to achieve desired production effects, Assoc. Prof. Apsara maintained that it is not a good practice to mix all sounds together while editing.  He warned of music which can be conflicting with a situation or an occasion, saying that emotional movement is important and not the geography of the narrative, at times.  Experiencing the picture without missing the narrative is what matters. Sound adds to the ‘tonality’ or experience of the film, as a whole. Apsara stressed that each sound adds to the image.  He said rhythm is important in Foley sound design, which is a unique sound effect technique that involves creating and performing everyday sounds for movies and television shows.


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About Siraj Syed

Syed Siraj
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Siraj Syed is a film-critic since 1970 and a Former President of the Freelance Film Journalists' Combine of India.

He is the India Correspondent of and a member of FIPRESCI, the international Federation of Film Critics, Munich, Germany

Siraj Syed has contributed over 1,015 articles on cinema, international film festivals, conventions, exhibitions, etc., most recently, at IFFI (Goa), MIFF (Mumbai), MFF/MAMI (Mumbai) and CommunicAsia (Singapore). He often edits film festival daily bulletins.

He is also an actor and a dubbing artiste. Further, he has been teaching media, acting and dubbing at over 30 institutes in India and Singapore, since 1984.

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