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Video thumbnail for vimeo video Sound of The Hobbit - No Film SchoolMichael Coleman is back with another terrific SoundWorks Collection video. This time we’ve got the sound team from Peter Jackson’s second film in the Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. With such a large and expensive project, there is a lot that has to go into making the movie feel as large as it should, and the sound designers, mixers, and composer play a huge part in that. Check out that video below, as well as some more involving the sound from both films. More »

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Doc Kane 2There are plenty of reasons why a filmmaker may need some ADR (Automated/Additional Dialog Replacement), whether it’s because of unsalvageable production audio or a flubbed line that went unnoticed. (Or maybe you’re making an animated film!) Whatever the reason, it takes a highly talented and intuitive artist to correctly lay down your audio tracks, and one of the best ADR mixers in the industry, Doc Kane, talks to SoundWorks Collection about his process, the tools he utilizes, and what it’s like working with some of the biggest names in film. More »

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Video thumbnail for vimeo video SoundWorks Collection Takes You Inside the Sound of J.C. Chandor's 'All is Lost' - No Film SchoolWhen a movie decides that it’s only going to focus on one character through its entirety, there have to be elements that keep the audience’s attention and draw them into whatever struggle the character is going through. In the case of Academy Award-nominated J.C. Chandor’s new film All Is Lost, that element is keeping you inside Robert Redford’s head as much as possible, and showing things from his perspective — which doesn’t just include what you see, but also what you hear. Check out the brilliant SoundWorks Collection video from Michael Coleman below for an insight into the sound design of All Is Lost. More »

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RODEGripAny time you mention the use of a smartphone on a serious professional filmmaking project, you’re bound to get a few looks. However, this new tool from RØDE might be something that could really be helpful on whatever kind of shoot you’re on. A couple of days ago, the Australian-based company announced their new multi-purpose mounting chassis/pistol grip, the RØDEGrip, designed for the iPhone 4 and 4s, which can be used and mounted in numerous ways to help users capture audio and video with their phones. Continue on for more information on the RØDEGrip. More »

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Video thumbnail for youtube video Sound Devices Powers Doctor Who - nofilmschoolLet’s be honest here. All of us are guilty of a little bit of healthy gear fetishism — it’s an undeniably exciting time for the tools of the trade. For whatever reason, audio gear doesn’t get nearly the same level of love, and that’s kind of sad — there’s plenty of sexiness to go around in that realm, too. Sound Devices is one manufacturer that takes digital dual system technology very, very seriously. As such I was quite interested to find out Sound Devices make up the sound recordist’s arsenal on one of my favorite TV shows: the BBC’s Doctor Who. More »

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Video thumbnail for vimeo video Get Monster's University SoundWorks - nofilmschoolWe’ve got another fantastic behind the scenes video from Michael Coleman at SoundWorks Collection, and this time it’s an in-depth look at the sound design for Pixar’s return to the Monsters, Inc. universe, Monsters University. If you’ve never thought about what goes into creating sound for an animation, there is a terrific breakdown of a scene from the film. Click through to check it out: More »

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Video thumbnail for vimeo video - nofilmschoolThanks to Michael Coleman’s SoundWorks Collection mini-docs, we’ve gotten some great behind-the-scenes peeks into sound designers working at the highest level of the industry. Though more common now than in previous decades, it’s not every day one gets the chance to sculpt the soundscapes of an epic superhero flick — even at the highest level of the industry. Even more rare is the opportunity to do so for Superman. Check out the SoundWorks Collection’s look into Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel below. More »

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Video thumbnail for vimeo video Audio101 - What is a Submix - nofilmschoolJust as digital imagery can be manipulated in post with a number of approaches — combinations of which may be used to achieve pretty much the same effect — working with audio is a malleable exercise. It’s become even more malleable recently thanks to innovative sound manipulation interfaces which provide a powerful palette for painting, re-painting, and un-painting sound. That said, some tenets of the basic audio interface design haven’t changed much in decades. One such basic is the submix. Check out a great demonstration of the undiminished usefulness — and power — of ‘subs’ below. More »

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Audio technology is a pretty stable industry, but manufacturers are continuing to experiment with new features to help sweeten the deal. This time, it’s an interesting approach from Shure: a shotgun mic with its own internal recording capabilities called the VP83F. Hit the jump for the details: More »

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Getting good quality sound on-set can sometimes feel like an impossibility, especially on lower budget productions. While the sound mixer can often go underappreciated on many of these productions, their job, if done correctly, is right up there with the 1st AC (or focus-puller). If your movie is not in focus it’s going to distract the audience, and at the same time, bad audio will be even more distracting. SoundWorks Collection has profiled professional sound people from all across Hollywood, and today we’ve got a video that goes in-depth with Nicholas Allen, who is the sound mixer on NBC’s Parenthood. More »

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We recently posted about RØDE’s iXY microphone and Rec app for iOS devices. While perhaps not suitable for everyone’s needs (or inversely, budget), it marks another step toward a lone multi-purpose tool handy to the crafty filmmaker — the iOS iPhone/iPad. While I’ll never own one, even I have to hand it to the iLeatherman. In a pinch, it’s a light meter, it’s a GoPro, it’s a shot designer, and with iXY and RØDE Rec, it’s a dual-system audio recorder, too. Now, RØDE continues its drive to make iOS a viable field sound-rec system with the smartLav lavalier microphone — as does the Apogee ONE, a like-minded iPad portable ‘recording studio’ system. RØDE has also upgraded its VideoMic for those run-and-gun shooters unsatisfied with smartphone sound — check out the details of each below. More »

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As many of you know, one of the goals of NoFilmSchool is to keep our readers up to date regarding the latest in acquisition options and upcoming formats, as well as ways to put it all together. Less often are we able to move in the other direction so to speak, and bring you news about really innovative recording systems — from over 100 years ago. As digital filmmakers, videographers, and photographers, in a technological sense, we’re standing on the shoulders of giants. I’m sure there are moments in which many of us forget the years it has taken to bring our tools to the advanced level they’ve reached, and in which we just plain take those tools for granted. Why wouldn’t we? The recent (re)discovery of a comparatively ancient audio recording — one that allegedly features the world’s first recorded musical performance, as well as its first blooper — may help to remind us how good we really have it! Read on to hear the recording, and to find out how it was made possible. More »

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Academy Award wining director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) is taking an untraditional approach to making a movie musical with his new film, Les Misérables. While musicals will typically go into a sound studio months before to record the singing, Hooper has decided to have his actors actually sing on set, and use that audio the same way one might use recorded dialogue. Click through for a behind-the-scenes look at the film and an explanation of the technique. More »

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How often do you take a location’s audio characteristics into account when choosing where to shoot?  What kind of mic is better suited for a shooting range vs an indoor dialogue scene?  In an on-going series of informative sound tutorials courtesy of Zacuto, Clinton Harn delves into the importance of these questions while aiming to provide filmmakers with a basic introduction to sound recording for film.  Not only does he cover the tools of the trade, but he delves into many of the choices we as filmmakers have to make when deciding how to capture a given sound.  For example, how would one record an interior car scene? More »