I'm currently working on a short film with a lot of gun fighting. I went through and cut all of the gun shots and now I'm working on bullet bys. It would be great if you guys could share any tricks or tips you have learned when cutting bullet bys. There are handguns, assault rifles and a few shotguns.
The obvious first thought is to cut a sound for every gunshot, which seems like a good idea for the most part. However, there are some scenes that have four machine guns firing simultaneously, and a few scenes where there are muzzle flashes every frame. Delivering 80 bys, plus 80 gun shots, bullet casings, body & surface hits plus other fx just feels cluttered, and I don't want to over-deliver to my mixer, especially since this is a VERY low budget short. However, I DO want to deliver a detailed quality edit (duh.)
My thought at a solution is to cut in a lot of bys, and then shift them around so that it sounds full but not too full, almost like creating a musical score. How do you approach scenes like this? Are there any kind of rules for cutting off camera shots, or gunshots at different angles?
Tell me what has worked for you! Now, back to experimenting....