Sound Design Stages

 Sound Design Stages

The Sound design process in a film is a very complex one¬ and requires great sensitivity. The sound in a film is an important part in¬†creating atmosphere and to transferring the film’s message.

When to start working on the sound design?

Do not work on¬†the film’s music and sound design before you finish editing the image.¬†Some video editors say they need music to edit the scene.¬†This is not the right way to work. The image should stand by itself and if you feel you really need music to help you edit the film then put any music as reference only.¬†Unless you are buying music from music library (Which I’m going to talk about soon), do not let the music to dictate your editing.

Starting the sound design process

The process begins with a meeting of the sound designer with the video editor and the director. The sound designer will watch the film and¬†write down notes as movie style, dramatic moments, repeated themes and preferences of the film director and editor.¬†It is necessary to find out whether there are dialogues that need dubbing or other special matters that the sound designer need to know about them. It’s also important to clarify deadlines and Questions like are there more shooting ahead?¬†What are the¬†film director expectations? and so on.

Recording sounds (Foley)

The sounds in your film, that weren’t recorded in the set will be recorded by the sound designer and they are called Foley (after James foley who invented the technique).¬†They are¬†added¬†later on to the film. These sounds need to sound realistic and interesting. Today the foley artist has a big part in making the cinematic experience a big one. The sound designer will show the¬†film¬†to the Foley guy (or girl) and¬†explain¬†it’s¬†concept to him. The Foley¬†guy should take his notes and translate¬†them into sound recordings.

Here is a shrt clip, that will let you get the hang of how it’s done

The Secret World of Foley from Short of the Week on Vimeo.

 

The film’s music

Mostly in low-budget- movies the sound designer is also responsible for the music (the truth is that when we talk about low-budget films, there is a good chance that he will be even the same person who wrote the screenplay)
There are several ways to produce music:
First of all, you can go and ask the orchestra to record it for you.¬†This, of course, will cost a lot of money and is not recommended. In today’s age people can record a full orchestra in their own room through¬†a computer software.¬†There are a lot of musicians who have their own bank of music.They sell you packages of pre-recorded melodies and¬†all you have to do is come and choose what you like.¬

Today, there are many sites that offer you music for sale. Here are 3 examples:

.de wolfe music

opus1 music library

film and tv music library

When image editing is complete, you can send it to the musician and he will suit the music to what is happening in the scene. If you are using music from a music bank you may need to make some repairs in it.If it’s a problem to do that then you need to make sure that the film is edited by the music bits.

Don’t let the video editor do the sound design

There can also be in a situation where video editor become also the sound effects designer. That is the one who finds sounds libraries. Anyway, never agree to let your video editor become the sound designer, no matter how low is the budget. Actually, the more low-budget the film is, the¬†more¬†your crew won’t be the most professional crew and you’ll need a professional sound designer to fix a lot of problems.

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