I am interested in‘Conventions of Sound In Documentary’ by Jeffrey Ruoff , and he did huge research out of screen. Then it push me to see more about sound in films and documentaries. See below
In fact, there are few points from Jeffrey Ruoff that I don’t 100% agree.
‘While documentary films often use narrative forms, they rarely demonstrate the degree of clarity that these writers see as the standard of classical Hollywood
cinema’, Jeffrey notes.
“Ambient sounds compete with dialogue in ways commonly deemed unacceptable in conventional hollywood practice ’ (Ruoff, J.1993).
These above might be true in that era, especially the facts are due to the most of shootings are not in controlled environment, but the development of sounds in documentary has been changing. In digital age, we see loads of documentary makers making every effort to record and mix sound as hollywood movie, enven more spectacular, such as a documentary called Planet Earth by Alastair Fothergill , and Océans by Jacques Perrin. I also think the discrepancy of styles of hollywood movie and documentary are partly due to the attributes of market. Hollywood movie has stronger entertaining trait than documentary, and that affects how many budgets and the quality of gears are able to use. The cost of Planet Earth and Océans are $25,000,000 and €40,000,000(estimated) respectively. As the change of technology of collecting sound, the gap between documentaries and films will be continually decreased.