August 30, 2015

better audio blog

This week we’re looking at sound before and during the shoot. Pre-Production & Production Audio.

 

In the last 30 weeks, I’ve made a grand total of one video dedicated to sound. Let’s be honest, that’s a pretty good reflection of how much most of us filmmakers care about audio. But that can all change, on project at a time. So in the next two weeks, I will be making a grand total of two videos about sound.

Wouldn’t take a genius to guess what’s coming next week…

THIS WEEK’S DSLR GUIDE:

PART 2 – Post Production:

SOUND GEAR USED IN THIS VIDEO:

BUY US BUY UK
RodeLink Filmmaker Kit rodelink  rodelinkRodeLink Filmmaker Kit
rode pro rRode VideoMic Pro R rode pro rRode VideoMic Pro R 
ntgRode NTG-2 ntg Rode NTG-2
zoomZoom H5 Recorder  zoomZoom H5 Recorder
 xlrXLR Cable xlr XLR Cable
meze headphones Meze 73 Headphones meze headphonesMeze 73 Headphones

SOUND IN FILMS:

 

CHALLENGE YOURSELF:

Challenge 1:  Watch this clip (or any clip you can find) and write down every single sound you can hear. You’ll have to pause it and replay it to get them. Headphones might help too.

<NOTE: THERE IS SOME VIOLENCE / BLOOD IN THIS CLIP>

Challenge 2: Watch this clip after turning the sound off. Write down every single sound you’d expect to hear, everything you’d include if you made it.  Then watch it again with the sound on, and note down which things you missed. Would you have done it differently?

HEADPHONES:

You may have noticed that I was using some wooden (yes, real wood) headphones in this episode. Meze sent me the 73 Classics to give them a try, and I have to say I’m impressed. The sound quality is pretty accurate, they don’t add loads of bass like others. Obviously they don’t replace a good set of studio monitors, but I’ve been using them for listening to music as well as for monitoring sound on set, and I’ve been pleased with both.

 

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Simon Cade

Filmmaker, and host of DSLRguide. Since I was making my first film age 11, I have always been fascinated by the way films are produced, and the effect it can have on the audience.

  • Thai Do

    Hey Simon, thanks for the amazing videos! Just one quick question: I use Cinestyle for my Canon 700D which makes the shadows really noisy at ISO 100. Do you know why that is the case, because I don’t see that problem with your videos?

  • Thomas Welter

    Great videos, thanks for the post. I think the second challenge is really good practice, i got most of the sounds but some are super subtle. For example when wally puts his hands on the ground on 00:09 or the “air” noise when he throws stuff in his chest.

  • You are awesome! I am excited to try out your exercises, I have not given as much thought to audio as I should have… o.O