Role: Sound Designer
Intention (SMART Goal)
By May 20th, as part of my role in team 5, I will record ADR for film and download/record sound effects, to be added in post-production.
PRE-PRODUCTION – INQUIRY
Leader(s) in the Field / Exemplary Work(s)
Critical to have space to explore and make mistakes, and to take risks, trying and trying different sounds.
Rather than trying to record for a sci-fi movie, the team put emphasis on a recording like a documentary with the intention to fully immerse the listener in the film
Not to impress but to immerse.
The team went on location to record the singing of natural sand dunes as well as experiment with all other kinds of manmade and nonmanmade sounds. This is another important aspect of exploration.
The sound team made it clear that it is important to consider the purpose and intention of which the sound is meant to express, and to experiment with the best way of recording that sound.
To use sound to personify(in this case, spice)
delicate sounds in the vastness of the desert create a strong contrast that resonates with the visuals and story.
left of at 16:20
Rerecord sound audio after the fact -ADR
Might take many takes for just one line or phrase to fit in with the rest of the audio
Coach actors on a sound
If it takes place outside then record outside for ambiance.
logic pro x
align waveform with original audio within the loop
can download sound effects from www.freesound.org
zoom in to make the placement of sound more accurate
can overlay by adding them on different bars
cradle mic overhead, and move fluidly
don’t let arm get in the way of arm eyesight or have your arms lock
or hold like a benchpress with hands pushed up
scooping to hold
- Brainstorm ideas
- Create storyboard
- Create a slideshow and share it with all team members
- Write screenplay
- Decide on location and character roles
- Gather/make props, costumes, equipment
- Set up shots
- Prepare blocking for each scene
- Film all scenes
- Record all sounds/dialogue and create music
- Put all recordings for audio and video in shared Google Drive folder
- Label final shots
- Decide which scenes to keep, get rid of, or re-shoot
- Transfer audio and clips into Premiere Pro
- Put clips in order and make all edits
- Put audio in and sync up to video
- Make all finishing touches
- Export final film
- Add evidence to slideshow
- Present film and slideshow to the class and receive feedback
PRODUCTION – ACTION
The (FILM, SOUND, or GAME Creation)
Team Slide Show;
In the film, and as presented in the slideshow; I used the boom mic and personal mic to record and synchronize audio into the film. In post-production, I edited the intensity of the sound to best blend in with separate each of the individual clips. I will also add in extra sounds like heavy breathing and writing.
Evidence and justification of such skills are shown on slides 18 to 20.
POST-PRODUCTION – REFLECTION
21st Century Skills
Ways of Thinking (Creativity, Innovation, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving)
Making use of both raw audio and boom/on-person recorded audio led to the audio sounding mismatched. To counter this I adjusted the audio intensity levels to attempt to get blend them as best as possible. This also minimized background noise from the raw clips.
Ways of Working (Communication & Collaboration)
Collaborating on the editing, as well as communicating on the appropriate sound clips, and starts and end stops, were two instances of communication/collaboration. In more detail, this refers to my role as editing all of the sound clips available in the film, as well as getting feedback from team members about what needs to be changed or fixed regarding the audio.
Tools for Working (Info & Media Literacy)
Previously I did not know how to synchronize audio clips. Through using youtube, I found a resource explaining the necessary information to do so.
Ways of Living in the World (Life & Career)
Life or career skills that this project allowed me to develop were; improved team collaboration, Trello know-how, and an overall new knowledge base for utilizing and organizing “to do” information in a timely manner.
Reactions to the Final Version
Jack referred that it was impressive that we managed to get so many background actors to collaborate with us.
Jack G; mentioned that the shaky cinematography that was used to express anxiety and fear where a nice addition.
“Good work on so many levels, good work” – James
Self-Evaluation of Final Version
The storytelling of our film relyed on the Irie cues throughout the film. That despite looking like a normal school. Upon closer look something much stranger was happening beneath the surface. We used various methods to present this in our shots. The first is when Josie is spotted but runs away shortly into the film. Next is the change of heartbeat when the new student signs the paperwork. There is also the secret shot in the corner room and the strange laughing in the theater. By this point, it should have been apparent what our approach to the theme of “community” was. That is that communities are often superficial things that hide secrets and gossip beneath the surface. But through using the story we chose of a student visiting a school. We were able to create an easily digestible short film. With the bonus of being able to use our own school as the perfect filming location.
Grammar and Spelling
Grammarly was utilized as a grammar check.
Kenneth was our team editor.