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Henry Gale

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It's a movie thing, saw it in Insomnia last night. Nobody does this in real life. do they?
Think I saw it when I re-screened In The Heat Of The Night recently.
Pretty much appliance stores and movies.
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I know Ike...but by that logic why not have every character who is running wear a propeller beanie?
Or tie a ribbon to all the car antennas?

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but by that logic why not have every character who is running wear a propeller beanie?
Or tie a ribbon to all the car antennas?
Why would one do that? You can just SHOW the person running, or the car moving. You can't just SHOW air.
 

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I'm not sure I understand your question, Nick.

The reason one might need to show air is the same reason one might need to show a person running or show a car moving; it's just part of the movie. I'm not sure about "INSOMNIA," but you can check out "DOGMA" for a good example of this technique.
 

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In the case of insomnia, it seems like a stylistic device to me. Without the ribbon, it would still be quite obvious that the blades of the fan are moving, and the noise of the ribbons flapping is brought forward in the sound mix. It's done at a point in the movie when Pacino hasn't slept in days, and has become very sensitive to sounds that would ordinarily blend into the background, something that does actually happen with sleeplessness. Not the choice I would have made, but effective nonetheless.

In general, though, I would agree that there are better ways to show that the air or fan is on, such as the aforementioned bringing up the sound for a second or two.
 

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