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Film Riot SoundIf you’re just starting out as a filmmaker, or more specifically, a sound designer, you might be looking for a little guidance on how to create foley. In this video from Film Riot, sound designer Rob Krekel, who helped create the sound for The Last of Us, walks us through the basics of capturing (cheap) foley, like setting up your recording devices, arranging your mics, and choosing the materials that will give you some great sounds. More »

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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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Sound DesignSound design is an incredibly imaginative, resourceful, and complex art form. The unique process of creating sounds is something that, like all creative endeavors, can’t fully be taught in a class or tutorial, but felt, explored, and discovered. Sound+Shelter produced an intriguing profile of sound design artist Ali Lacey, in which we get to see the peculiar method and tools he uses to produce sound, giving us a closer look at the wider world of sound design. Continue on for the video. More »

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Documentary InfographicGetting started in documentary filmmaking is a lot like getting started in narrative filmmaking — most of the time you’re just picking up gear that is cheap and readily available to you. But, if you’re looking to find out what the pros are using, PBS’s POV, the longest-running showcase of documentary films on TV, asked working documentarians about the tools and equipment they used in their projects. Continue on to check out an infographic — a comprehensive equipment list of the cameras, lenses, microphones, and post-production software (and more) used by the pros. 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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Rode VideoMic GoLike most areas of filmmaking, recording sound is a valuable talent as well as a complex science, which is why the knowledge of sound professionals is so important on your film projects. However, depending on budget constraints and the nature of your film, you might want something a little simpler with less of a learning curve. RØDE has just announced its light and compact “no fuss” VideoMic GO, designed to be portable and easy-to-use. It’s geared more toward hobbyists than seasoned professionals, but take a look at the sound quality and judge for yourself if RØDE’s new mic is worth the your hard-earned cash. More »

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Lights Film School SoundUnderstanding the limits of what you can do when recording sound will help inform your decisions from the very beginning — making your job easier and your work better in the end. Lights Online Film School is currently open for enrollment in their online film courses, and they’ve shared some material to give filmmakers a taste of what the coursework looks like in the form of several sound tutorials. Check them out after the jump. More »

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Hearing HorrorThere are a great number of things that can go wrong while making a horror film, but nothing is quite as bad as making one that isn’t scary. In a previous post, we talked about some basic and general concepts, like achieving atmosphere and suspense, to keep in mind while you put your scary movie together, but Movies.com has shared an episode from PBS Digital Studio’s It’s Okay to Be Smart series that sheds some light onto one aspect of horror that may be the key to unlocking the horror potential of your film: sound. More »

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Brahma microphoneThere are several other ambisonic microphones out there, even some that are relatively inexpensive, but Embrace Cinema Gear set out to make their ambisonic mic, the Brahma, easy to use and of high quality, all while being affordable for the independent filmmaker. Check out Embrace’s demo video to find out how the Brahma ambisonic microphone captures the “true 3-dimensional representation of an acoustical ambience” with its innovative design after the jump. More »

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GravityAlfonso Cuarón’s space drama Gravity exploded at the box office this weekend, outperforming other releases with its record-breaking October debut of $55.6. The film’s visual effects have been the talk of the town, but the sound engineering is the other half of the technical spectacle that is Gravity. SoundWorks Collection sits down with Cuarón and Re-recording Mixer Skip Lievsay to talk about the sound team’s realistic approach to creating a rich, dynamic, and dramatic soundscape in the dark vacuum of space. Continue on to check out the video. More »

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Ray DolbyA little over a week ago, the audio and filmmaking communities lost a legendary member, Ray Dolby. If audio is equally important as picture in filmmaking, then it stands to reason that Ray Dolby has done more to elevate the craft and enjoyment of film than any other individual in the history of the medium. It’s a bold statement, to be sure, but one that makes sense when trying to contextualize his lifetime of extraordinary achievements. Here are just a few of the ways in which Ray Dolby indelibly enriched each and every one of our lives. 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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Audio gear xlrIt’s that hidden aspect of movies you may not think about, but can become the distinguishing factor between a real film and amateur hour: ADR. What gear do the pros use? How does a director prepare for an ADR session? What does ADR mean, anyways? Below, Julie Altus, who has been on the ADR stage at the illustrious Todd-AO for about ten years, gives us a glimpse into it all. More »

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OscillateWe’ve all heard the maxim that ‘70% of a movie is sound‘ and whilst there may be some quibbling over that exact percentage, in the case of Daniel Sierra’s transfixing musical film Oscillate, I can confidently pronounce sound and the sine waves which represent it on-screen, equal 100% of the whole, compelling experience. Take a look at what you can hear after the jump: 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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daily freebie luke neumann royalty free musicIt might not be the first thing on your mind when producing content, but a quality music track can make a huge difference, and greatly improve the quality of the final piece. And who doesn’t love free stuff? That’s why we’re excited that Luke Neumann has brought back the Daily Freebie (not to be confused with his Weekly Freebie). Throughout the month of July, he’s giving away a Royalty Free music track every day, and they’ll be live only for the day they are released. Check out the first track below, as well as some other samples from Luke. More »

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randy thom skywalker ranch oscar winner winning sound design designer audio post production interactive technologyMicrosoft has a history of recognizing the importance of elegant design. In January, the creators of the Windows 8 logo announced that they were to redesign NYC’s “notoriously confusing parking signs.” This sensitivity has also extended to sound design in the past, when experimental composer/producer Brian Eno was approached to create the Windows 95 start-up sound,” familiar to many I’m sure. Now, Microsoft’s YouTube channel has posted an interesting little video featuring Oscar-winner Randy Thom (The Incredibles, The Empire Strikes Back), the current Director of Sound Design at Skywalker Ranch, on the importance of the sound design of interactive technology. Simplicity — and, as it turns out, friendliness — are key. More »

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the last of us naughty dog sony playstation ps3Developer Naughty Dog’s latest outing, The Last of Usis one of this year’s most anticipated gaming titles. After playing it for 5 minutes, I can tell you that it combines elements of Resident Evil, Silent Hill, Children of Men28 Days Later, Hillcoat’s The Road, Spielberg’s War of the Worlds, The Walking Dead, and the recent I Am Legend, all while engaging you emotionally more than any of those pieces could and, dare I say, improving upon them. It’s crazy, but it’s true. Here’s how, and here’s why. 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 »