Dreamy world in (500) Days of Summer

Being in love is beautiful. When it happens, you just know it. Everything changes around you – to be more precise, you perception of things around you changes.

When you meet your dream girl (boy), you enter a new, imaginary world, where everything is possible, a world without any limits or barriers. Living in this world is great – it’s an endless source of inspiration, motivation and energy.

In this example, we’ll look at how sound effects were used, to create this gorgeous world.

When Tom walks by the water fountain (youtube video above at 0:26), instead of hearing the sounds of splashing water, we hear sounds of fireworks.  What a beautiful touch in terms of sound design!

The sounds of fireworks portray, how Tom perceives the world around him (hears what he wants to hear) and at the same time, visually it also makes sense – the water fires up, same as the fireworks do. Hopefully, you can see everything more clearly in the picture below:

(500) Days of Summer (2009)
(500) Days of Summer (2009)

However, you can’t live in this beautiful world forever. Someday, you have to leave. Needless to say, the leaving really hurts, a lot. The good thing about it though is that you’ll learn probably one of the most important lessons in your life…

“The movie’s conclusion hinges on Tom realizing that he can’t impose his expectations on her, and that adult relationships are about accepting people as they actually are, not how they’re fantasized to be, a place he can’t arrive to if he doesn’t begin by considering her as a unicorn.” [David Greenwald]

Read more:

GITS Script Reading and Analysis Series: “(500) Days of Summer”

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