Film Pre-Production – Sound Designer’s Journal

  • Summary

    • During pre production, I assisted in some decisions in the early stages of screen writing and discussed with the director how we should add sound effects. Also did find some props to use to imitate sound effects
    • Element number
      • 36 Realistic Sound (emotional response)
      • 40 Symbolic use of music
      • 35 Realistic sound (character)
      • 38 surreal sound
  • Test Recordings

    • Recorded different sounds of slaps on leather to imitate punch sound
    • tested different ways to shoot a phone call
    • tested microphone

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  • Equipment Checklist

    • For sound effects I will need
      • Baseball glove (imitate punch sound)
      • Camera Microphone
      • camera(s)
  • Recording Workflow

    • Day 1: Gather any needed props to make sound
    • Day 2: Download all sound effects from creative commons
    • Day 3: continue
    • Day 4: continue
    • Day 5: Download all film that the group has so far and practice finding where each piece of film fits in
    • Day 6: Keep practicing
    • Day 7: Find any additional sounds the group might need
    • Day 8: Download more film that the group has so far and practice finding where each piece of film fits in
    • Day 9: continue
    • Day 10: collaborate with editor and add final touches to post production plans
  • Foley Sounds

    • Punch effect_ Multiple times in film
    • cellphone_ Unknown time (voice over)
    • Gunshot sound(maybe)_Unknown time
    • Voice over talking off of camera
  • Discussions with Director

    • discussed what sounds would be doable in the film.
    • How to make those sounds
    • Should we make the sounds during production or after?
    • We worked together to look for best sound efffects

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  • Influences from Films

    • Ben Burtt will influence my work, he has won academy awards in sound design for
    • Best Sound Effects Editing in 1989 for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
    • Best Sound Effects Editing in 1982 for E.T.
    • Special Achievement for Sound Effects Editing in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
    • Special Achievement for Sound Effects Editing in Star Wars a new hope (1977)
    • and was nominated for many more
  • What I Learned and Problems I Solved

    • Learned and researched some of the requirements for sound designer
    • Found a good tool to imitate a punch sound

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