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)

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Case Study 5 : Fantastic Mr Fox

Fantastic Mr Fox ( Wes Anderson ) is an animated film so clearly all of the audio is created in the studio either before or after the production of the visual elements. Which audio elements would be likely to be recorded first ? The sound bed is more artificial and and stylised than other films , and sound effects tend to be more minimal and focused on specific key sounds in each scene. This contrasts with the detailed and naturalistic dialogue and a wide variety of non-diegetic music.

Analyse how sound ( music, dialogue and sound effects ) creates mood and meaning for the audience in a key scene in  " The Fantastic Mr Fox".   Use as many key terms as possible and use timings ( e.g " at 34 sec we hear diegetic classical music slowly fade into the sound mix which creates an atmosphere of fear in the audience"). 

You can also refer to the technical methods of dubbing/recording  audio used in the film's production.

 ( 500 words minimum)

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Case Study 4 : Get Out

Case Study 4   Get Out

"Get out"  uses dialogue, music and sound effects in creative and varied ways, playing with different genres and moods for the audience. Sound effects are a key plot point and element in the narrative , and the dialogue uses exposition and foreshadowing as well as revealing character.

Analyse how sound ( music, dialogue and sound effects ) creates mood and meaning for the audience in a key scene in  "Get Out".   Use as many key terms as possible and use timings
( e.g " at 34 sec we hear diegetic classical music slowly fade into the sound mix which creates an atmosphere of fear in the audience").

 ( 500 words minimum)


                                                               Meeting the parents

                                                          Hypnosis scene

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Case Study 3 : Fight Club

Fight Club uses audio in more flamboyant and artificial ways than the other films we have looked at, with the varied use of a voiceover , a combination of diegetic/non-diegetic musical scores and found rock music , and exaggerated hyperreal sound effects all combining and bouncing off each other to form a lively and disorientating sound mix. This clearly matches the confused and twisting narrative of the film as well as the mood of the main character.

Analyse how sound ( music, voiceover, dialogue and sound effects ) create mood and meaning for the audience in  Fight Club , focusing on  one key scene ( see below).  You can also refer to the practical techniques mentioned in the video essay.  Use as many key terms as possible and use timings ( e.g " at 34 sec we hear diegetic classical music slowly fade into the sound mix which creates an atmosphere of fear in the audience").

 ( 500 words minimum)


Rules of Fight Club

Being Tyler Durden


Interview with Fight Club's sound designer  including detail of Foley recording and room presence

Video essay on  Fight Club's sound design