Wednesday, 21 February 2018

FINAL SOUNDTRACKS : Proposal and overview


For your final assignment you will be planning ( writing a proposal) then completely redubbing the audio elements from two moving image scenes (film/TV , 2 minutes +)
You will then explain your work in a detailed evaluation

This will put into practice the techniques you have learnt during the audio workshops.  You will be  assessed for the following ;
Creativity , technical quality, detailed and varied sound mixes, variety of technical skills and methods used, range of sound types and sound sources.

Remember :  You must recreate all of the diegetic sounds that the audience would expect to hear in your scenes, such asw  dialogue and sound effects. You can choose to add in other non-diegetic elements such as music or voiceover.

You must use  some dialogue dubbingmusic and  at least one Foley( homemade)  effect  in at least one of your soundtracks. It would be best to use music in only one of your scenes and  a variety of subtle and creative techniques in both of your scenes. This must also include some location recording (  dialogue, sound effects or background ambience) using a specific microphone or voice recorder.

FINAL DEADLINE : Friday 23 March 2018


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

Requirement of brief ( deadline, your own interim deadline targets, summary of requirements of assignment)

Sequence summary( e.g name of film , length of sequence )

 Client  ( the director of your chosen film scene)
Sound Fx information (  list of sound effects in each scene to be recreated , library to be used e.g , Foley effect details, recording location information ,  ambience recording location ) 
  Music information ( diegetic/non-diegetic , genre of music, placement in scene , potential effect on mood and meaning , source  e.g studio/live recording/library sounds /Garageband ,  any copyright and licensing issues  e.g  MCPS -PRS)  
Spoken word information ( types e.g dialogue, monologue,voicoever , accent /dialect, potential effect on mood and meaning of scene, techniques to be used e.g  lipsync , studio recording, recording location e.g studio, other environment )

Personnel  (  voice actors , technical support e.g media technician )

Resources   ( detailed information about microphones , computer hardware/software ,voice recorders etc. that you will be using. Find the media technician and look online for this information.)

You should complete the proposal during the early stages of the assignment and check progress with David : it will be submitted at the final deadline.

Sunday, 28 January 2018

WORKSHOP 4 : Adding Sound effects


You  will be  replacing and adding suitable background ambience and  original diegetic sound effects ( rainfall, traffic noise, gunshots, footsteps etc.)  for a film or television sequence  

There are videofiles available on ART-MEDIA/MEDIA/SOUNDTRACK PRODUCTION/ 

You can also use a scene you have previously used for another workshop. You may want to use a scene without dialogue as you will be probably me muting the sequence.
If you want to make a long scene shorter , you will need to edit in in iMovie before adding to Garageband. This workshop requires a lot of editing so your chosen sequences can be fairly short.

Drag the videofile into Garageband and mute the original audio if necessary.

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 )

Write a blog evaluation summarising the technical processes you completed , which sounds were the most challenging to recreaate, how the Foley recording was achieved and the overall technical success of your edited sequence.

Friday, 5 January 2018

WORKSHOP 3 : 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   that does not contain music .

There are videofiles available on ART-MEDIA/MEDIA/SOUNDTRACK PRODUCTION/ 

If your sequence 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 editing the audio.

Method 1 : 

You will  be adding music   from a sound library such as freesound or  youtube  to a film sequence.

You will need a music file in a format such as mp3. This can be in any genre or style of music.

Try and choose a piece of music that changes the mood and meaning of the film sequence. You can also experiment with using different music to create different moods.

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 as in previous workshops and save.

 Method 2 : 

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.

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

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

WORKSHOP 2 : Dubbing Dialogue

Dubbing dialogue (pairs/ 3s)

You will be muting the original audio, then  recreating  the spoken word content of  short  film scenes   and dubbing it over the original moving image sequence. 

For this workshop , your main focus should be timing and technical accuracy in lipsyncing and editing : you will not be graded for how similar  your voices or acting  are to the originals. 

  Select a suitable  film sequence from

ARTS_MEDIA / MEDIA/ 1  2018 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 .

   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 ).

  Record your dialogue  matching your recording as closely to the original as possible. This can be done live on Garageband , with the video playing back as you record , or through practice and copying what you hear.

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

Edit the sequence to ensure the dialogue is synced to the original sequence as closely as possible. This may involve some editing of the recordings.

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

  Finally , upload your clips to a new blog post called DUBBING WORKSHOP ( can be via Youtube)
and write a 200-300 evaluation of your workshop experiments. 
This should include :

explanation technical methods and software/hardware used ( recording, editing , microphone type, sound quality, background noise etc)

explanation of any problems or errors

Monday, 27 November 2017

WORKSHOP 1 : Adding a voiceover

You will be completing a series of practical audio workshops and recording and analysing the results and the skills you have developed every week on the blog.  This will help prepare you for the next section of the unit where you will be re-recording complete audio soundtracks for moving image sequences using a range of different techniques.

WORKSHOP 1  : Adding a voiceover

Individually or in pairs, find a scene from a film or TV programme without a voiceover.  ( 1 minute approximately)

The scene should be one where there is enough space in the sound mix to allow a voiceover , and where you can add meaning to the scene by adding one.   There are examples you can use in


Write a script for a voicoever that adds mood and meaning to  the scene

Import the scene into Garageband (or another relevant editor ) and record your voiceover using your phone a voice recorder or directly into the computer

You can then save and export the edited video sequence .

Complete a blog evaluation about the workshop, explaining what you did, your intentions with the voiceover and an evaluation of its success and the audio techniques you used. Explain how your voiceover added meaning or mood to the sequence.

Monday, 6 November 2017


Analyse a minimum of  three scenes/episodes  from moving image productions  (films and  television programmes ) explaining in detail how the elements of sound  (spoken word, music and sound effects) are used to create meaning and mood  for the audience.  You should analyse as many key terms as possible and your scenes/episodes must include the following :
Postproduction studio sound ( film  scenes/drama scenes/animations )
Live location sound ( documentaries/factual programmes such as Stacey Dooley)

You should explain specific examples and use timings   e.g  " at 1.41 the audience hears non-diegetic dramatic music which fades in slowly in sync with the scene fading in from black. This creates an atmosphere of..... etc. "

DEADLINE  :  Friday  November 17

Monday, 30 October 2017

Case Study 6 : Stacey Dooley investigates

Stacey Dooley investigates  : Selling drugs online

You must include analysis of at least one factual television programme that uses live location audio recording in your assignment.  Stacey Dooley generally records her interviews and to-camera pieces on location without much use of non-diegetic sound to add realism and emotional impact to her programmes.

You can analyse a different episode or programme if you like.

Analyse how sound ( dialogue, music  and sound effects ) creates mood and meaning for the audience in one of  Stacey Dooley's documentaries.   This will involve focusing  on spoken word content , accent and dialect ,  the content of the interviews and the emotions she wants to provoke in the audience with her voiceover as well as using music to add emotion to scenes,
 Does the way of recording sound make the content more efective ?  Is the use of music necessary and effective ?

Use as many key terms as possible and use timings.

 ( 400 words minimum)