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War Horse
Sound designer, Christopher Shutt

Overall Impacts

-Impressive/exhilarating from a combination of
dramatic techniques. All these production elements
come together to produce something this good:
*puppets, *the acting, *the set, *the lighting

-Atmospheric

-Poetic

-Moving emotionally connected, the violence helped
it being moved

-There are moments of dramatic irony…

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-Horse puppets believable. visible operators don't
mind us and they are a good thing the way they are
dressed the same as the horse and when the horse
moves round stage (and they go too) they gallop also.
Detail of movements (even the small ones) stunning,
it made them credible…

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*music atmospheric/ tune (insinuate mood etc)
*sound from actors; neigh, shouting in market
*on stage instruments; accordion, violin (when
getting to know Joey)
*pre-recorded instruments
*solo vocalist (creates mood or location), he would
walk around watching accounts and sing to it
*silence
*dying out sounds during scene changes, or a…

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Specific Exam Section (Tech)
Describe- what there was to do what

EVERY ELEMENT ON STAGE HAS BEEN THOUGHT
ABOUT IT IS DONE BY A PROFFESIONAL WHO IS `ON
TOP' OF THEIR GAME, IT IS ALL THERE TO CREATE
EMOTION/GIVE US A FEELING ETC.

Puppets
-upstage centre, confined area with sticks…

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Sound
*Boat
-loud crashing waves
-rails make a sound also creates fear
-singer and cheery soldiers shouting
create atmosphere, sea shanty, there is fear
and also boldness and a bit of bravery (creates
the right atmosphere for going into war) the
singer also shows how people were merry and
optimistic…

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*Lining up for battle
*here it is layered (more than one thing going
on= a lot of music)

-prerecorded trumpets and trumpets coming
from audience player
-sounds from shouting soldiers
-horses fidgeting and trudging
-horses gallop and increase pace
-bullets explosions
-neighs from horses as they get shot
-building up…

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*generate an emotional response (exciting /
scary)



*After gun fire
-Light scary death music- feeling alone and
scared portrays what the war was like
-Crow sounds (picking at the bodies)
realism
-Singer comes on stage and sings with the
puppeteers who are on the floor after falling
with the horses…

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War house, New London Theatre
I am going to focus on the section from where the
soldiers and horses are heading off to france and
ends with Albert going off to join the army
3 General Design notes
*Sounds
This use of silence is as important as loud noise,
different…

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-War Horse, New London Theatre
-About a boy named Albert and his horse, who his
father has won on another one of his drunken bets,
they grow close and have a touching relationship.
Then at the outbreak of World War I, Ted, Albert's
father, sells Joey to the cavalry. The…

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*A sentence coinciding with the question

STATEMENT; What was successful?
EXAMPLE; How was it successful?
EXPLANATION; Why was it successful?

*How well did the skill communicate
-Playwright's intentions (script)
-Period and location
-Mood and atmosphere
-Genre and style
-How it made you feel
-How it coincided with other elements (acting,…

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