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“Stoker” - sound design moves background to foreground

I've just come back from seeing Stoker - what a great film. Very strong, and potent storytelling. One of the features was a forensic-style magnification of detail, and lots of space and time for ...
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Hospital Reception Sound Recording

I'm new to this forum but have quite a few questions packed in one for a shoot I'm doing soon. We want to record a scene with a subject waiting in a hospital reception (no dialogue), and create a ...
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Dialogue between 2 or more people

I'm a film editing student and I was wondering whether it is a common practice to always aim the boom microphone back and forth between the two (or more) people when their lines come up, even if a ...
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Making dialogue in a film louder in post production

I am new to this forum so forgive me if this has already been answered! I was wondering if there is any way to make dialogue in a film louder, separating it from background noise without using an ...
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What are correct dialogue loudness levels for mixing across different content types?

So I'm interested in what the correct dialogue loudness levels are for different content types. Assume I am mixing in an environment that is aligned for -20dBFS Pink Noise (single channel) to deliver ...
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How do I pull up a 24FPS audio mix for a 25FPS video timeline in Nuendo?

OK so there must be a simple way of doing this but for the life of me... I am working in Nuendo 10. I have completed a mix for the original 24FPS film, but the client has decided she wants to submit ...
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How to separate audio tracks? [closed]

There is a movie I like and it has unreleased soundtrack. Because of the way each thing is mixed, it is possible to separate the voices, music and sound effects like car engines using some program. ...
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Production mics used during the 60's and 70's?

Does any one have any information on the types of mics that were used on film sets during the 60's and 70's? Here's a screen shot from Bergman's Persona...Anyone know what kind of mic this is?
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How to create trailer voice effect

In many movies, tv shows, and trailers I've heard a type of compression that not only flattens the dynamics but also changes the timbre of the voice. Here is an example: ...
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Best use of Silence in a film?

In my opinion some of the best film sound is not loud or overt, and I've used silence many times in film soundtracks myself but I am interested to know what your favorite use of silence or near-...
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How much should I charge for my music being used in a film

I was recently approached by a film producer and asked if I'd be happy to have my songs being used for their film (80mins). I agreed as it's a great way to promote your music. But they asked me what's ...
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Importance of sound quotes

I'm looking for quotes by famous filmakers about the importance of good audio in film. I've seen the David Lynch one: "Films are 50 percent visual and 50 percent sound. Sometimes sound even ...
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Why does everyone use the same dolphin sound effect?

From Zoo Tycoon (Microsoft) to Plants Vs Zombies (Pop Cap) to Inside Out (Disney), when there's a dolphin involved, it always comes with this sound effect: What would ...
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Virtual Instruments in film music composition [closed]

Are the use of virtual instruments in film music composition having a positive negative or both on the overall quality of film music?
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Is there a similar site to this for moviemaking, film design, visual effects, etc?

I discovered this site through a friend who is into sound design. I love the Question/Answer format of this site. It acts a lot like a forum, but the better answers are easier to find and view, ...
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Best use of sound design in a comedy?

OK, we've covered "favorite sounds" and "best sound in a thiller", but what about comedies, where the sound effects usually cower in fear of dialog and music? And what is it about those moments that ...
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Headphones for film recording and mastering (music)

I need to buy a new headphone for film recording, but a good reference for editing and mastering music too. I have always used Beyer Dynamic DT100, very strong and closed, ideal for live recording, ...
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What should be the credits for score designer using library music?

I'm making a soundtrack for a film, but instead of writing the music, I'm buying songs from music libraries and building the score. In other words, except of actual writing the music, I'm doing the ...
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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 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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Speaker Monitors for sound film [closed]

well... I have seen some threads about this subject. but they are pretty old. so i would like to hear some new advices. I´m trying to build up the best "home studio" I can afford for editing, small ...
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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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Is my dialogue premix too muddy?

I'm new to dialogue, I'm wondering is my dialoge premix too muddy? It is a film project, would be output to DCP and play back in an normal cinema. The whole film is redubbed, any one can give me some ...
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Proper way to boom dialogue between two people

If operating a boom microphone to record the dialogue of two people in a filmed scene, what is the proper way to operate and point the microphone? Do you memorize the dialogue and aim the microphone ...
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Film Predubs: real or virtual?

So when you are predubbing do you/your re-recording mixer print stems & replay those in the final mix, or do you just write automation and all the original edit tracks runs live? If you could ...
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How do you respond to requests to work for free?

We all get them; projects that have been shot with no budget or self funded, which have been cut on a friends Final Cut system in a spare room & suddenly they want to finish the film & need ...
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How to make the sound of Light Bike Tron Legacy

After watching "Tron Legacy" I've thought that the sound was really good, and particularly the sound of the Light Bike. So I've started wondering, how did they make these sounds? Of course there are ...
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Favorite Alien / Monster Vocalisations In Film

I just finished watching District 9 and was quite impressed with the way the alien language had been developed. So it got me thinking about alien / monster language design in film. Other favourites of ...
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Please recommend movie titles

have some projects lined up and doing research. Can you guys recommend good sounding movies of the following? Boxing War (civil war or early periodic war, so not as busy, think pre-machine guns) ...
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Correct film crediting

I worked on a film earlier this year as the on set mixer. They are busy crediting the film and there is some confusion as to what my title should be. Can anyone please provide some clarity as to what ...
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Good Drama Films/TV for Sound Design?

This has been asked before as general films Films to Study for Excellence in Sound Design, but most of the answers as well as the films recognized in awards are epic action blockbuster films: Star ...
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Tuning out from world sound design

Hi can you recommend movies where the main characters get overwhelmed and they start to "tune out" from the real world and their surroundings? (The effect being that everything is slowly brought down ...
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Doing the best possible Job in a situation that demands ADR

While working on my first small budget feature I encountered a problem I was unsure how to handle as the Audio Mixer. We were shooting inside a warehouse and one morning there was a heavy rainstorm ...
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Script breakdown in a sound context

Suggestions on how to? Yes, I know how to think in relation to what it is that I need and want to discuss and develop during the time of the production. I'm specifically thinking about tools, how to ...
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Sound Design depicting mental illness in film

I'm currently working on a film about a woman suffering from schizophrenia and was wondering if anyone had any more left field suggestions for films with interesting sound design depicting mental ...
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Basic Ultra Low Budget Audio Equipment for Video

I am shooting a short series this summer and I have got a good camera, a good lighting set-up but I still am a bit unsure about audio. How are people supposed to get started in film-making when it ...
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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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Films to Study for Excellence in Sound Design

Dear All, What films are good examples of Sound Design to study and take note of? I'm particularly looking for films which sound was used to forward the story with excellent results. Not just using ...
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Best uses of contrapuntal music in film?

First off, if you don't know what contrapuntal music in film is (correct me if I'm not explaining correctly): Music opposite to the emotion expected from the narrative. So for example, to put it ...
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Layers of diagetic sound showing Temporal ambiguity in film

I'm starting to sketch out some ideas for my dissertation and as the title suggests I want to focus on the use of layers of diagetic sound to show temporal ambiguity I'm film. I will be using films as ...
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I need help creating a ringing sound, as heard in this link

As the title suggests, I need help creating a particular sound effect for a film I am working on. An example of the effect I am looking for is at 1:40 in the link below; ...
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Location Sound Sound Proofing

I got a shooting on a couple of days. It's a bathroom scene with lot's of dialogue and a bedroom scene w lot's of sex ;) The problem is that both locations have windows looking directly to a busy ...
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looking for a short film for a university project on sound design.

I'm currently looking for a short film that I could use for a university project that requires me to create the sound design for a film of 3 - 8 minutes in length. If anyone is willing to supply me ...
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Interesting Experimental Sound popular and ground breaking films

I am presenting a paper on experimental sound design in film and it's relationship with frequency and emotional response. I have a fair amount of material that I am researching (sadly there is very ...
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Starting out in film/tv post/scoring (bgm)

So I've put together a film/tv post/scoring system, and was looking to expand my portfolio by donating my time to a worthy project. Are there any solutions better than the local craigslist? I'd prefer ...
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What is the best/easiest way to fade a sound (beeping noise) in and out without the audience noticing that its gone?

I want to fade a noise (beeping noise, like a heart monitor) in and out during different scenes/moments in a movie without the audience noticing the change. It should appear as being there all the ...
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Films which blur the distinction between score and sound design?

Can you think of films where the distinction between score and sound design is creatively or accidentally undermined? In a lot of films the distinction is really clear: score is orchestral music, ...
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Japanese Directors and films [closed]

I'm doing a dissertation on my film course on Japanese Auteurs and how they compare to Western Auteurs in their approach to film. If anyone could suggest any Japanese film directors that they really ...
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Short film based on ambiences/background sounds/walla

I could use some help with short film I'm working on. The thing is that there are no dialogues in it (that's ok with me, I don't like talkies anyway:)) and the mighty director is against the use of ...
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Scenes with Great Gun Sounds [closed]

I've been doing a lot of hand gun sound editing and design lately and was going to look at a couple of movies for reference. But I'm having a surprisingly hard time coming up with films with great gun ...