I am working on a film where a girl is in an abandoned old house that looks very creepy with wall paper peeling of the walls, cracked walls, and various debris on the floor. There is a voice over saying "Imagine what life was like that for the people that lived here". The director said it would be a good idea to put some life back in the home through sound but still keeping it feel empty. I am wondering how I can put 'life' back into something like this. Suggestions would be greatly appreciated and it will be an interesting topic to discuss. -Thanks.
There is no correct answer here, as is the case almost all of the time with questions about sound design. No rights, no wrongs, only different interpretations.
My interpretation of this particular scene may be to apply sounds that are a direct opposite to what is on the screen. If a desolate room is shown, then perhaps fill it with a boisterous party filled with laughter and music? If an empty hallway littered with debris, then maybe the sound of children running and playing, chasing the family dog? If a cracked picture frame, then maybe a clear portrayal of the time that photo was taken?
Play with counterpoint, go against the grain. Surprise somebody. Be bold.