Is audio more important than visuals in film production?

Audio and visuals play important roles in film production. But some filmmakers would argue that audio is more important in a film than visuals. In fact, these filmmakers argue that great audio in a film makes a great video. But how true is this? When a film has great audio but poor lighting, audiences will not even notice the poor lighting and others will be forgiving of the poor visuals. If audiences cannot hear what is going on in the film, there will be no point in watching the film. Filmmakers like Jason Murphy have been able to incorporate great audio in their films that their audiences forget they are watching an indie film.

But having said that, it should be remembered that moving picture began with no audio and audiences were still entertained. But while there is need for audio in today’s film to support the images, the audio must carry the storyline naturally. It is very easy today for anybody to pick up the camera and make a film. Inexpensive and easily accessible technologies have made it easier for people to produce films. While it may be easy to tell a story in any film, quality in certain sections of the production may be lacking and audio is one of these.

In a horror movie for example, poor lighting can be forgiven if the audio is high quality. Audio in horror movies dictate the tension, the mood and tone of the film. If the actions performed by a monster in a horror film are not accompanied by audio, the whole film becomes boring. In Zombies! Zombies! Zombies!, a film directed by Jason Murphy, every action the prostitutes take after being zombified is followed by audio. The audio makes people believe that the zombies are indeed biting people. But if audio had not been used in such scenes, the movie wouldn’t appear real.