Sounding in the Rain

I was particularly taken by the articles about how sound had such an emmense effect on video during the emergence of talkies. Particularly in the Murch article, he describes how the sound box was so import to creating the talkie. In the movie, Singing in the Rain, Don Lockwood stars in the movie The Dancing Cavalier, which is converted from a silent to a talkie film. Singing in the Rain illustrates some of the many issues with early talkies, where actors had difficulty talking into the microphone, and the sound director would come running out of the box yelling “CUT!!” Singing in the Rain also has Lina Lamont, who has a shrill voice and would not be suitable for singing in a talkie.

Wingstedt talks about how Music has an effect on the mood and power of film. However, he focuses on good synchronization with mood and theme. Yet in a few instances of Singing in the Rain, poor synchronization of the soundtrack with the film causes quite a different effect on the viewer. In  Singing in the Rain, in the screening of The Dancing Cavalier, The soundtrack goes out of sync, so instead of Don saying “Yes Yes Yes” and Lina saying “No, no, no” they appear to swap so the characters are voicing each other’s lines. This results in laughter from the screening audience and the event is quite funny to the viewer.

Debbie Reynolds – Singin’ In The Rain

Singing in the Rain – Filming ‘Duelling Cavalier!’

Video cartoons/images

Here are the video depictions we came up with in class.


Playing with Whitebalance

While camping, I played with some of the white balance when taking pictures of the campfire. Made for some interesting photos of the fire.

Edit- While taking the photo of the fire, I manually set my camera’s white balance (it is one of the white balance options). The camera tries to reset the white balance in accordance to the scene, which caused the change in color of the flame.

Sean’s Final Project

Daniel and I are working on the same final project, so our end of the semester deliverables might be similar. We are trying to adapt web services at U.C. Berkeley to work better on mobile devices (such as smartphones).

I imagine that the visual narrative will be us capturing the user’s experience using our software, or capturing the user’s desire for a better way to interface with the existing Berkeley web services that are currently offered.


Hey Everyone, I am Sean Carey, I am a second year master’s student in the School of Information at Berkeley. After coming to the Information School, I have become most interested in prototyping, designing and user experience research. I have prior interest in photography from sports and landscape photography.

I’d say I am a moderately advanced photographer, borderline expert. I do not have any darkroom photography experience, just digital. I would like to apply whatever skills I learn here for use in my final project, but also to expand my knowledge and skills at photography.

Usually the best way to contact me is via email. I addictively check it: