August 23, 2014
The first episode of my latest series titled “Filmmaking Scene” where we learn how to do one of the many disciplines of filmmaking by recreating a scene from a film. This week we’re looking at sound design, breaking down how to do a scene from ‘Shaun of the Dead’.
If you skip to 0:18 then you’ll find the scene that I was recreating, from one of my all-time favourite movies – Shaun of the Dead (Directed by Edgar Wright, Starring Simon Pegg + Nick Frost). I chose this scene because I think the sound design really was the ‘backbone’ to this short clip.
Check out the episode to find out how I managed the recreate the scene, using inexpensive gear:
AUDIO SETUP LIST:
|Rode VideoMic Pro||Rode VideoMic Pro|
|Zoom H1||Zoom H1|
|Boom Pole||Boom Pole|
|VC-1 Cable||VC-1 Cable|
|PG-1 Grip||PG-1 Grip|
|Light Stand||Light Stand|
|Boom-Pole Holder||Boom-Pole Holder|
For the first version, I just recorded the ‘literal’ sounds.
So if the shot was closing a wooden drawer,
I would record closing a wooden drawer!
For the next version, I was more creative with choosing
the sounds. I found another drawer, which had a deeper
sound, and layered that in. For the toast shot,
I recorded the sound of squeezing some ham
that was wrapped in tin foil,and layered that with
the sound of lettuce being squeezed.
Often the best sounds come from strange places!
I also added some ‘noise-sweeps’ which sound like
gusts of wind,and were perfect to add energy to
the drawer, and accent the zooms.
The final version is a mix of all of the different sounds!
This is the tutorial I used to create the noise sweeps in Logic Pro X
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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.