The Audiovisual Chord in Fiction Filmmaking – Martine Huvenne & Nathalie Teirlinck

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In the third part of her series on embodiment in sound, Martine Huvenne is joined by Belgian filmmaker Nathalie Teirlinck to focus on the necessity of integrating sound within scriptwriting, at the very beginning of a film’s development. Using this kind of creative strategy – where the audiovisual chord enables the presentation of complex experiences and situations – sound as a dynamic movement and the superimposition of auditory and visual spaces become useful tools.

Nathalie Teirlinck’s film projects always start from a complex knot of experiences, emotions, ideas, situations, and characters. In her film language, the narrative power of the invisible sound equals the narrative power of the image. Sound not only directs the attention of the audience or underlines what is visible but is able to transmit complex experiences, along with or in juxtaposition to the image.

In her scriptwriting, she allows plot, character and audiovisual composition to form an organic alliance without the losing clarity. In her editing, sound and image are intertwined, creating audiovisual chords with auditory and visual spaces working together.

Nathalie will introduce her creative strategies illustrated with film execrpts.

2 hours including Q&A.


Nathalie Teirlinck (Brussels, 1985) graduated summa cum laude from the Belgian film school KASK in 2007 and obtained a Master in Culture & Film Studies at Brussels University in 2008.

Her three short films, Anemone (2006), Juliette (2007) and Venus vs Me (2010), were acclaimed at several national and international film festivals including Berlin Film Festival, Locarno Film Festival and The European Film Academy.

Nathalie’s first feature film Le Passe Devant Nous closed the Ostend Film Festival and was theatrically released in 2017. While the screenplay already won the Eurimages Cinemart Award at the Rotterdam Film Festival, nationally the film received two Ensor Academy Awards as well as several international awards. Her second feature film Elephants is currently in production at Savage Films and with Caviar she’s co- writing the Dutch-French television series Paredis.

Since 2010 Nathalie has written and directed pieces for theatre as well. Send All Your Horses (2010), Yesterday (2012), Staring Girl (2013), Slumberland (2015), Beginners (2019) and Shel(l)ter (2020) have been touring the world receiving prestigious awards such as the Music Theatre Now Award in New York. In 2020, Borgerhoff & Lambirigts published her first children’s novel Strandjongen, which made it into the list of the White Ravens International Youth Library of most recommended children’s books.

For her work in film and theatre Nathalie was honoured by the city of Ghent receiving the 2017 Culture Award. At the moment, she is also coaching at the Belgian film school KASK, School of Arts Ghent.

Dr. Martine Huvenne retired after a career teaching and researching in the audio-visual field. She was a senior lecturer in Sound and Music for Film at the Kask – Conservatorium School of Arts, Ghent, where she developed a phenomenological approach to music and listening. She graduated from the University of Amsterdam in 2012 with a dissertation on sound in film, “The sound in film as an inner movement in the transfer of an experience in film: a phenomenological approach.” Her research and teaching focuses on the auditory aspect of the creative process of filmmaking. Huvenne was curator and co-organizer of the Film Fest Gent annual Seminar on Music and Sound in Film. She coordinated the curriculum development of the European Postgraduate in Arts in Sound (EPAS).

Martine’s new book, The Audiovisual Chord: Embodied Listening in Film, published by Palgrave Studies in Sound, 2022, is available online.

Read her essay, ‘Transmitting an Experience’, in the TEACHING section of this website.

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