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Washington Post covers sound design in film:

There's a nice piece by Ann Hornaday with a video in today's Washington Post here.
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Iconic Sounds: How have they affected the way you work?

For composers, it may have been John Williams' unforgettable two-note motif from Jaws that got them into the business. What are the cinematic moments in sound design that drove you to pursue it as a ...
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A Study in Effective Sound Design: The Terminator (1984)

So I'm flipping channels and find The Terminator on AMC. And it was just starting! It's been a while since I've seen it in its entirety, so I decided to give it my full attention. The thing that ...
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How Did They Do That?? Vol. 1: The Predator “clicks”

If anyone knows how the iconic Predator "click" vocalizations were created (for the original film, that is), then please, do share! (This means you David Stone, Richard Anderson and John Pospisil!) If ...
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Why Are Professional Sound Libraries So Noisy?

I just started field recording about a year ago. I initially took a tech course on GameAudio, that's what initially sparked my interest. While in the class we were encourage to listen to and study ...
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Name and examples for the tinnitus effect after explosions in films

Is there a common term among film sound designers for the trope in which we enter a character's audio perspective after gunshots or explosions to experience their hearing loss and tinnitus ("...
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Moving worlds within audio post

I work in the world of TV programming with reality, documentary & docudrama series work, lots of promos, some theatrical trailer work, and some independent film work. My current gig is as an in-...
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Any documentary films on Sound Design in Film?

I've a bit of free time at the moment so I've been watching some films and documentaries. I've watched some docs on the topics of film v digital (side by side) and other docs on video special effects. ...
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DVDs with Original Theatrical Mix for Reference?

First time poster here: I've just begun to learn post-production sound, and I'm at the mixing stage for a short film that is going to be sent out to some festivals. I'm mixing in stereo at a decent ...
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Working by yourself

I looked for a previous thread about this and I'm surprised that I didn't find anything—if I missed it let me know. As a relative newcomer to freelance film sound design, I often find myself holding ...
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Water / Snow Movement

I am working a project that involves a lot of water sound effects and movement. Since, it is an hour in length I have been trying to come up with ways the sounds of the water and movements won't sound ...
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Films that push the boundaries of Sound Design?

For example in 'Irreversible', the first 30 minutes there is a underlying sound frequency of 27hz - this makes you feel physically sick and disorientates you. Do you guys know of any films that use ...
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How Did They Do That?? Vol. 2: Ghostbusters “proton pack”

Following on from Jay Jennings' post, How Did They Do That?? Vol. 1: The Predator “clicks”, I thought I'd carry on the series with another classic, iconic sound - the Ghostbusters Proton Pack powering ...
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How do you make a scene sound/feel cold?

This is a question that's been banding around the studio here and thought I'd throw the question out to you guys to see what you think - There are a couple of obvious ones like harsh sounding wind, or ...
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lightning / thunder offset

I'm wondering why, in films, we usually see and hear lightning and thunder at the same time? Is there a theoretical reason for this? Or is this just because it would be weird to see the lightning, ...
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How to study sound for any film?

hey guys. i am a fresher to this field and have started doing my research and work in sound design around 6-7 months back. As a part of the learning process, i make sure that i watch loads and loads ...
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Building the soundtrack

A while back I had the opportunity to work directly with Sound Editor Richard Hymns - we flew him in an he and I spent about 3 days in my studio working with me to tweak some sound editing + design ...
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How to set the Zoom H4N for recording with external mic & lav?

Hi all, I'm having a hard time getting the right settings on my new Zoom H4N for recording with 2 XLR inputs -- a shotgun mic and wireless lav system for a film shoot. I also can't figure out how to ...
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The Sound of “Essential Killing”

I've just got back from watching Jerzy Skolimowski's Essential Killing and wondered if anyone else had seen it. Throughout the film there is almost no dialogue (only a few lines at the very beginning ...
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Sound Design cutting throught Music

I'm currently working on a project where there is a particular scene where on one hand there is music and at the same time, we should hear heavy reverbered steps. It getting tough to make the reverb ...
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How does A/B montage works?

I heard about A/B montage in school, but it was only mentioned once. And I know it has something to do with two tracks, and using it for easier automation and whatever else, when the perspective in ...
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Designing a genius' thought process

I'm working on a student film where there is a CU scene of a genius' face while he is brainstorming a big idea. The director wants no speech involved (ie. it's not what he is thinking but rather what ...
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There is no Supervising Sound Editor?

I am working in the world of low budget features and documentary and I am in search of ways to alleviate some work flow problems. At the risk of sounding bitchy and ungrateful, I having some serious ...
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How would you go about designing the sound of a jetpack?

What kind of layers would you use across the frequency spectrum? Do you have any sources where this is talked about? Thanks in advanced!
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Replicating “computer readout” sound

Many films and television shows from the 80s and 90s (for example, Blade Runner, the BBC television adaptation of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, etc.) that depict computers use a distinctive ...
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Altering perception of a character with sound deisgn

I'm looking for either some information (books, articles, web sites, etc.) or films that just use sound design to alter our perception of characters in films. My plan is to take a scene from a film ...
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Examples of characters defined through sound

I am looking for inspiration from movies where the sound (voice, sound effects, music) was used in a way to create stronger/more memorable character, to shape the character, where sound creates a ...
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Don't get mad, but do I NEED a sound mixer on my film shoot?

I will be shooting (producing) a super low budget short for 4 days out in the country. There is no dialogue. One scene features a struggle that ends in someone getting stabbed. My former colleagues ...
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Meteor sound Design

I'm doing the sound design for an animation movie. There are a couple of scenes with a meteor shower. Could someone suggest me ​​any trick of how to sound design or replicate the sound of a meteor ...
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Will my film mixed in stereo 2.0 play in Dolby 5.1/ 7.0 theater?

My first short film was mixed as stereo, for quality and cost reasons. The first festival we have been accepted into states that sound must be Dolby 5.1 or 7.0. Will my film play in the theater in ...
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Plane peel off's, climbs and dives

Hi all, Imagine this shot: MCU of prop plane, it peels off to the left out of shot Not having a real plane to play with I'm using stock library FX. Obviously planes don't really make that noise that ...
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What would I need to vocode my voice with an animal sample?

I am relatively new to sound design and I have read quite abit about vocoding. Many people have said they like to vocode their voice with animal samples like pigs seals and lions. I have a few ...
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How to design the sound of a Quadricopter Drone

I'm working on a short film where the protagonist is a Drone. Do you have any idea of how to create the sound of a quadricopter drone? I tried to use some real recording but the sound is too invasive....
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Any good literature about sound design inTerence Malick's “The Thin Red Line” movie?

I've just found out that Michel Chion wrote a whole book about the film "The Thin Red Line" and I've just ordered it but in the meantime, I am now looking for something shorter, like a good review or ...
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Job opportunities

Does anyone know the difference in job opportunities between video game sound design and film sound design. Which one has more opportunities to get a job, know from experience? Is the pay any ...
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How and where should I start learning about sound design?

I am a junior in high school am being pressured to go to college to get a "real" career. I'm really just interested in sound design though. A lot of people tell me to stay from big name sound design ...
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Your favorite sound effect in film.

Hello! What are you favorite sound effects in film? 1. best sci-fi effect 2. best organic effect.
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Power of sound design in film / Favorite scenes

Hi! I was wondering if you guys have your favorite scenes, in which sound effect or effects that somehow affect your body, for example, making your heart to go crazy, or impacting your emotional ...
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Studying @ University… What Next?

Hello all, I have enrolled and commenced studies on a BA (Hons) in Film & Moving Image Production degree course here in the UK. I am 24 & will finish my studies at 27 years of age. The ...
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Recommended speakers for film sound?

I´m fairly new in this game and have a couple of Sound design/mixing jobs (short film) the next months. Problem is I have really limited access to professional recording/mixing studios. Therefore i'm ...
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Sounds for killing people (chainsaw and hammer)

Hy everyone. Im work on a film wich 2 characters killing people in 2 short scene. One with a hammer (he always beat first to the head), the other with a chainsaw (he just cut the bodys).:) The ...
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Suggestions for creating a rope unravelling sound effect

I'm doing an audio re-skin of the opening bank heist scene from the Dark Knight. I'm looking for some suggests for recreating the rope unravelling sound when the criminal fires the grappling hook at 1....
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Designing for film with no vision

I'm a sound designer fresh from Univerity and I've been asked to produce sound effects for a independent film. The strange thing is that I've been given audio samples of the effects required where all ...
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How do I reduce echo coming from large glass panes?

I'm shooting a short film set in a takeout place, and our location has a large window that basically encompasses the whole front of the shop. It also has tiled walls and floors, but seeing how our ...
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How can I achieve the vocal affect found on “The Jokers” voice in the film “The Dark Knight” 2008

I'm experimenting on modifying vocals to make them sound dark and creepy. What process is used to make Christian Bale (Batman) and Heath Ledger (The Joker) voice so dark/distorted/creepy. Here's a ...
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Sound very distorted

I do video in weddings, I have a Canon XHA1 with a Rode mike. When a record in the wedding reception if they have live music, and if there are a lot of drums, like the Mexican music or live DJ with a ...
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Just starting out

Hello. I'm new here and just starting out in the field of sound design. I'd say I've been doing sound design work on and off for about a year now. Where I live right now (Maryland) there aren't many ...
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DAW for Sound Design

I'm new to the forum and am very excited to meet all of you! I am s start up sound designer, who uses FL Studio as a DAW. As soon as finances permit, I will purchase Pro Tools as I am familiar with ...
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Reaper Post Production

Do you guys know how to snap fades on one region in relation to another region on a seperate track, aligning the two for a precise cross fade? Snapping length of regions compared to other tracks, ...
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Your Ultimate Film Sound Collection

I've found a few threads already which touch on this subject but thought I'd throw out the question in a more general sense. I'm starting to build a collection of reference blurays that exhibit the ...