Solve it Sunday: Imitation of Reality

Hello dear readers, we are back with another Solve it Sunday post.

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Motion pictures are a wonderful entertainment, but we should never forget that they provide an imitation of reality, rather than a reliable model. There are many possible examples of this to choose from, but let us select one of the simpler ones.

It is comparatively common, in movies, to see some unfortunate character fall from a cliff or very high building. This fate is invariably accompanied by a long scream of terror, which gets steadily fainter as the doomed victim plummets away.

What is the error commonly encountered with this sound effect?

Best of luck to solve this one and as always, the answers are in the comments.

One thought on “Solve it Sunday: Imitation of Reality

    Film producers are quite right that the scream would get fainter as it gets more distant. But it would also reduce in pitch as the screamer accelerates, thanks to the Doppler Effect – also why emergency vehicles sound different as they approach you, pass, and then drive away


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