MOS: Bagel Bounce

Everyone is clamoring for footage from Discouraging Words, so here’s some primo stuff: a full, unedited take, presented in its entirety:

It’s tough to get something to fall into frame—especially when it bounces.

Word to the wicked: “MOS” is a common film-related terminology. Means the shot was recorded without sound. The story is that there was a German director who instructed his crew that the next shot would be “mit out sound,” but the truth is much less exciting: MOS actually stands for minus optical sound. On a related note, R2-D2 from Star Wars was named after a sound editing abbreviation: Reel 2, Dialogue 2.

5 thoughts on “MOS: Bagel Bounce

  1. A) Why is the sound optical? Obviously there is such thing as optical data transfer (duh), but that couldn’t be what that term is referring to, can it? Let’s feed your inner geek here.

    B) I <3 bagels.

    C) Did you know that the preview for your RSS feeds is a spammy mess? It is, and it's tragic.

    D) Thanks for the input on cameras!

  2. My last comment didn’t post for some reason! WTF?

    It was really witty and cool.

    I also mentioned that your RSS feed summary for each entry is full of spammy junk.

    Also I said something about moose. I think….

  3. Sorry Greg, your earlier comment got trapped by the spam-eaters for some reason. It’s up now, as you can see.

    The RSS issue (actually a Google Reader/Wordpress security exploit) is now fixed. If you’re still seeing spam, try unsubscribing and resubscribing. Let me know if you’re still getting weird junk in the posts.

    OPTICAL SOUND! YES! Here’s how it goes:

    Up until the digital audio revolution, location audio was recorded to 16mm magnetic tapes (mag sound) and edited in the same form on a Moviola audio slave unit. But for exhibition, the audio was converted (using magical processes that I don’t understand) into an optical waveform that was printed next to the picture on the same piece of film so that all the projectors of the world don’t have to deal with audio sync issues. There’s a little exciter lamp in every sound-capable projector that shoots a beam of light through the optical track onto a photocell that produces an audio signal. So “optical sound” refers to the printed optical soundtrack.

    Coincidentally, optical sound is still used for movie exhibition on pretty much every film print in the world, although now more often than not it’s digital, so instead of a waveform strip running next to the picture there’s a little block of black-and-white pixels situated in between the film perforations every frame.

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