College of Letters & Sciences
UW-Whitewater Film Studies


Basic Terms

DIEGETIC SOUND — sound produced in the world of the film, taking place within the narrative

EXTRA-DIEGETIC SOUND (or Non-Diegetic) — sound originating outside the narrative, not produced in the on-screen setting


Sound Transition

SOUND BRIDGE — a transition assisted by a continuous sound from one shot to the next, often to introduce a new scene or sequence before it appears visually

EDIT ON SOUND — a cut made on a sound cue