Episode 11 – Imagine This: A Story Told with Sound Effects with Dick Jordan

Since 2013, producer and director, Dick Jordan, has produced many short films for the public access television station, MarinTV, operated by the non-profit Community Media Center of Marin (cmcm.tv) in San Rafael, California. Several have been aired by other public access stations across the United States.

His award-winning feature-length documentary film “Cuba, Libre?” has been an Official Selection of 53 film festivals and film award competitions. His short films shot in Oregon, “McKenzie Power” and “The Sweetness of Spring,” were screened at film festivals in that state in 2018 and 2019. He made his acting debut as the “Aces of Spies” in the film noir spy spoof, “The White Bag,” a film festival Official Selection in 2016 and 2019. Dick has been a freelance travel writer and blogger since 2009. Dick Jordan’s travel stories and photographs have appeared in the Sunday Travel sections of the Dallas Morning News, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicles, and newspapers published by the Bay Area News Group.

From Dick Jordan:

Shooting and editing films can be a time-consuming and tedious process. And attempting to convey a story visually can be challenging. One day (while working out at a gym of all places) I wondered if one could create a cinematic story told only through the use of sound effects and where the only visual elements were words describing the sound effects on-screen, much in the way that subtitles are used in films. Each audience member would be called upon to use his or her imagination to create a “personal vision” of the story the filmmaker was attempting to convey.

After sketching out the “scenes” for “Imagine This: A Story Told With Sound Effects,” I sourced sound effects that fit the storyline and then pieced them all together.

Sound effects add a layer of complexity to movies.

But could a motion picture be made solely with sound effects and nothing visual at all? Imagine the story that sounds effects are telling as you watch this film.

It has been nominated in the “Best Sound” and “Best No Budget” categories at the 2018 Top Indie Film Awards. It was a Semi-Finalist at the 2020 Dumbo Film Festival, a Finalist for “Best Experimental Film Award” at the Summer 2019 Oregon Cinema Arts Film Festival, and won a Bronze Award in the 2019 Spotlight Short Film Awards.

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