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Old 03-06-05, 08:51 AM
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Cell phones and dial tones - huh?

Anyone else's eye twitch or teeth grind just a little when, in a movie, someone hangs up on a guy on a cell phone and he almost instantaneously hears a dial tone? Whuh?

Firstly, if he would hear a dial tone, it wouldn't happen right after he hangs up. Secondly, YOU DON'T HEAR A DIAL TONE ON A CELL PHONE!

It's almost just as irritating that this happens in reverse...guy on cell phone hangs up, then guy on landline almost instantly hears a dial tone.

Directors and sound effects guys are either A) really, really stupid, or B) think the audience is so dumb that we need audible clues - even if they're factually and technically inaccurate.

Yeah - maybe this is a petty complaint, but damn if it doesn't irritating the living snot outta me when I see it in a movie (like in Cellular last night--not that this is the only movie I've seen it occur in by far).

Rant over. Thanks for letting me share.

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Old 03-06-05, 10:08 AM
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Originally Posted by SleepyW
Directors and sound effects guys are either A) really, really stupid, or B) think the audience is so dumb that we need audible clues - even if their factually and technically inaccurate.
I'd bet on option B, given all the instances of "sound in space" in films.

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