Friday, 6 January 2017



After you have finished both  soundtracks , making sure you have demonstrated your skills in dubbing dialogue, adding sound effects and music , you need to evaluate and explain your work.

Your evaluation should include the following :

Explanation of the different recording and editing processes you used ( e.g Garageband editing , adding reverb , editing volume envelopes, splitting and deleting audio , recording Foley on location using voice recorders, syncing vocal recording to the film sequence etc. )  Be as technical as you can.

Evaluation of the success of your work and how it matched original intentions :  is the mood and meaning of each sequence effectively communicated ? Did you change the mood and meaning of any part of the sequence ? Did  your practical work match your intentions in the proposal or did you change your ideas as you went along ? You can use other students' opinions of your work to support these points.

Thursday, 5 January 2017



You will now be combining all the skills and techniques you have learnt so far and creating  complete original soundtracks ( spoken word , music, sound fx) for
 two different moving image productions These can be sequences from films, television dramas, factual television programmes  or animations.

You can also use your Single Camera Production films as one of your sequences.
Each  moving image sequence should be at least 30 seconds  in length to give   you the opportunity to use as many techniques as possible in replacing its entire audio content. You must use the following techniques in at least one of your original soundtracks :
Dubbing of dialogue
Library sound fx ( such as freesound )
Foley sound fx ( at least one original sound effect)

Diegetic or non-diegetic Music  ( original or library sounds)

You can also use other audio elements such as Voiceover .
You should demonstrate the workshop skills you have developed in using audio software and hardware, relevant microphones and recording spaces as well as your understanding of how audio elements create mood and meaning.  The  Final Soundtrack tasks are where all these skills are ultimately assessed.





Thursday, 24 November 2016



Create a  written proposal for both of  your soundtrack productions  on the blog  that must explain in detail information about the following: and what you are planning to achieve in the soundtracks

Brief description of sequence ( e.g name of film , length of sequence )

 Client  ( the director of your chosen film scene)

Personnel  ( other people you are working with e.g studio technicians , studio voice actors, live location voice actors , studio Foley artists etc.)

Recording locations,equipment and software (e.g studio, laptops , voice recorders, Garageband , advantages/disadvantages, capabilities and limitations, your workshop experiences )  This can be copied into both sections of your Proposal.

Deadline dates :  your final deadline for this assignment is Friday January 13th. 
Break this down into dates to cover completion of each stage of recording the soundtrack and  a separate realistic date for editing

 Sound Fx information ( general information and list of your sound effects to be used type e.g Foley/Library, live location/studio recording,   source e.g website, Audio CD, youtube site , own recording, any copyright and licensing issues)

  Music information ( list of music to be used, genre, name of track, diegetic/non-diegetic ,  potential mood and meaning , source  e.g studio/live recording/library sounds  /Garageband ,  any copyright and licensing issues  e.g  MCPS -PRS)
Spoken word information ( script of dialogue to be used, types , potential mood and meaning, studio/live location techniques to be used e.g looping , lipsync , studio recording )  

Remember : You must use  Foley FX , music and some dialogue lipsyncing   in at least one of your soundtracks.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

WORKSHOP 3 : Adding Sound effects


UNIT 38 D2 
produce audio recordings for moving image from a  variety of sources to a technical quality which reflects nearprofessional standards and working independently to professional expectations

Download a  television or film videoclip ( 30 seconds -1 minute approximately) .

There are videofiles available on ART-MEDIA/MEDIA/SOUNDTRACK PRODUCTION/ Videoclips for sound effects 

You can also use a scene you have previously used for another workshop.

If you want to make a long scene shorter , you will need to edit in in iMovie before adding to Garageband.

Drag the videofile into Garageband and mute the original audio.

You  will be adding suitable original diegetic sound effects   for this sequence  ( gunshots, footsteps etc.)

You should use a mixture of library sound effects ( freesound, Youtube etc.) and  at least one Foley sound effect(  an effect you have recorded yourself. )  The advantage of Foley sound effects is that you can make them precisely fit the scene , rather than relying on existing sounds. You can record homemade sounds such as footsteps, turning pages etc. using the laptop or your phone and then import them into your Garageband project.

Import and edit your sound effects in  Garageband  to make them sync to the visuals  and match the mood and meaning of the scene  as accurately  as possible. This may involve changing the length or pitch of the sound , or by adding effects such as reverb in Garageband. These can be accessed by clicking on Edit in the window on the right in Garageband and choosing from the list of effects.

When you have finished recording and editing the music , export the movie . ( Share/Export movie file )

Upload the  completed sequences to a blog post entitled Workshop :  Adding music

Write a blog evaluation summarising the processes both methods  , the reasons for your choices , and comparing the affect you feel teach method of adding music had on mood and meaning.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

WORKSHOP 2 : Adding music


UNIT 38 D2 
produce audio recordings for moving image from a  variety of sources to a technical quality which reflects nearprofessional standards and working independently to professional expectations

Download a  suitable  television or film videoclip ( 1 minute approximately)  that does not contain music .

There are videofiles available on ART-MEDIA/MEDIA/SOUNDTRACK PRODUCTION/ Videoclips to add music to. 
If it does contain music, you will need to mute the entire audio content of the scene.

If you want to make a long scene shorter , you will need to edit in in iMovie before adding to Garageband.  You will be adding music to this sequence on Garageband in two different ways .

 Method 1 : 

You  will be using Garageband and creating suitable original diegetic or non diegetic  music  for this sequence .

Record your soundtrack using the instruments in Garageband.  Remember , music for the moving image does not need to be complicated , but should help create a mood for the viewer that matches the narrative, characters  and genre of the sequence. The music does not need to be throughout the entire scene.

Look at this tutorial and the help files in Garageband to get more familiar with how it works.

When you have finished recording and editing the music , export the movie .


You should turn off the metronome in the Control tab.

Play your notes by turning on Musical Typing in the  Window tab.

Change software instruments in the right pane....orchestra and strings are particularly good for
 film soundtracks.

Method 2 : 

You will  be adding music from a sound library such as freesound  or from youtube  to the same original   sequence in Garageband.

Try and choose a piece of music that changes the mood and meaning of the film sequence.

You should edit the music for length , fade in and out if necessary and add any effects to help the music blend into the scene.

When you have finished mixing the music , export the final movie.

Upload both of the completed sequences to a blog post entitled Workshop :  Adding music

Write a blog evaluation summarising the processes both methods  , the reasons for your choices , and comparing the effect you feel each method of adding music had on the mood and meaning of the scene

Monday, 31 October 2016

WORKSHOP 1 : Dubbing Dialogue

 Soundtrack Production Audio workshop 1  : Dubbing dialogue 
(pairs/groups of 3)

You will be muting the original audio, then  recreating  the spoken word content of   a short  film scene   and dubbing it over the original moving image sequence. 
For this workshop , your main focus should be timing and technical accuracy in lipsyncing : you will not be graded for how similar  your voices or acting  are to the originals. 

1  Select a suitable  film sequence from

ARTS_MEDIA / MEDIA/  2016 SOUNDTRACK PRODUCTION/ Dubbing workshop clips  

or download your own from Youtube ( convert to mp4 using a Youtube converter).  The scene must  have some onscreen dialogue .

2   Write a script of the  spoken word content of  the scene ( if there is a lot of dialogue, you can use just part of the scene ).

3   On the laptops  :  Open  Garageband and create  a  suitable empty project using the microphone input.

4  You will need to copy and drag your scene into a Garageband track   , and view it .

5   Record your dialogue using Garageband on a laptop in R219 or another appropriate space, matching your recording as closely to the original as possible. This can be done live , with the video playing back as you record , or through practice and copying what you hear.

Don't worry about the other sounds in the clip: this workshop is all about dialogue.

6  Share / Export Movie to disk   ( or File /Movie/ export audio to movie  )   as a mov file   and save to your desktop.

7   Finally , upload your clip to a new blog post called DUBBING WORKSHOP ( can be via Youtube)
and write a short summary of the process of the task  and an evaluation of its technical success.

EXTENSION:find a video clip and add a suitable voiceover to add/change the scene's mood and meaning

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

ASSIGNMENT 1 : Moving Image Soundtrack Report

Task 1: Moving Image Soundtrack report 

 Write a report analysing  how mood and meaning is created  by these audio components : 

 spoken word  e.g dialogue and voiceover
 sound effects 

 in at least  two moving image sequences.

 How do these elements  help the audience understand the genre, plot, narrative, themes and characters in the scene and what atmosphere and  emotional response do they create for the audience ? You should explain your examples in detail demonstrating extensive knowledge of the key terms we have discussed in class and which are  listed below.

( 800 words minimum)

There will be clips available for you to choose from on the blog , or you can analyse your own choice of scenes. Make sure you analyse two scenes in detail and refer to others to demonstrate your detailed knowledge of as many key terms as possible.

DEADLINE :  Friday October 14