sounds in film



), select a scene from a non-musical film or movie [there is a link to the “best scores” and “best soundtracks” at the bottom of this file] and tell us if it is diegetic or non-diegetic and how it contributes to the narrative of the story in the film or movie. [p.s. I tend to refer to movies with scores as “film” and movies with soundtracks as “movie” and I am aware of the way I just used the word “movie”]. Sound: Non-diegetic and Diegetic

Diegesis is a Greek word for “recounted story”; the film’s diegesis is the “total world” of the story actionThe distinction between non-diegetic and diegetic sound depends on our understanding of the conventions of film viewing and listening. We know that certain sounds are represented as coming from the story world, while others are represented as coming from outside the space of the story events.

Non-diegetic sound is represented as coming from a source outside of the story space. It is a sound whose source is neither visible on the screen nor has been implied to be present in the action such as:

Another term for non-diegetic sound is Narrative (commentary) sound (which means the sound (music, voiceover, etc.) is commenting on whatever is happening in the film – think of “N” for narrative/non-diegetic as distinction from diegetic)

Diegetic sound can be either on screen or off screen depending on whatever its source is within the frame or outside the frame

Diegetic sound is ANY SOUND that is presented as originating from source within the film’s story space. It is a sound whose source (the speaker, singer or music player) is visible on the screen or whose source is implied to be present by the action of the film (for example, the sound heard before we see who’s making the sound) such as:

Another term for diegetic sound is actual sound

Note:The sounds in the Godfather scene that shows Michael Corleone shooting Solozzo the gangster and McClusky the cop is a demonstration of both diegetic and non-diegetic sound. Examine it HERE to determine which is which.



A soundtrack can often include complementary popular music and may not be original to the movie. Soundtracks can also offer a complete experience when played separately from the film and some songs from it may not even be present within the film at all!

A score, on the other hand, is usually non-diegetic music that compliments what is seen on screen. Film scores may be pleasant experiences when played separately from a movie, but they are usually intended to primarily support the movie. Original scores are often referred to as original sound tracks (OST), and will usually be released along-side the mainstream soundtrack.

For example, Guardians of the Galaxy has both a soundtrack an an original score. The original score is mostly instrumental music that was composed for the film; the soundtrack is a collection of popular music that influences the film or is featured within it.

Click here for The Best Film Scores and Movie Soundtracks

*The Academy Awards recognize two categories of sound for its Oscar: sound mixing and sound editing. Inception (2010) and Mad Max Fury Road (2016) and Gravity (2014) each won two Academy Awards for Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing. These three movies are off limits for selection for this assignment.

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