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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 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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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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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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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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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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“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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Backgrounds for a dead city?

Hi guys (my English is failing me big time today for some reason! so please forgive me and bear with me if possible) I just started working on a short (30 min) settled in a (present) post ...
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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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What five plugins are the most essential for your sound editing?

This is obviously hypothetical, but if you were doing all the sound editing for a short film and were only allowed five plugins, which five would you choose? This isn't about mixing or music - you ...
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Do you design sound for video games as well as film and television?

How much of an overlap is there between the two industries? Some games companies promote the fact that their sound designers worked in the film industry. If you work in both industries what are the ...
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Sound Recording for Film

Recently I shot a short film but needed to do this film with NO budget. I was able to get a camera for free as well as someone to shoot it - Sound however became a problem. Very few sound guys are ...
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Sonic equivalent to the Uncanny Valley?

Have you ever experienced the uncanny valley with VFX? But more importantly, have you experienced it with sound? Or do we experience every day working in post, with every sound? And it is just an ...
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What makes a sound funny?

Title says all...
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Do you do any mastering to your film mixes?

I "grew up" under the wing of a Music Mixer, and got my start doing music related audio work, and I am very familiar in the mastering techniques for Music albums and the like. I am now working almost ...
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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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Have you a favourite film about sound?

There's numerous question on here about favourite examples of sound usage in a film, but what's everyone's favourite film about sound? I know it's a limited genre, but worthwhile compiling a list for ...
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Use of Master faders in a PT mix

I have been doing some research about Gain staging and how being much more aware of it early on can help you make a clearer mix. I believe I have that concept pretty well down by now, after having ...
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workflow: spotting with the client

Of course every project and every client is different, but I'd like to know what tools/techniques people use when spotting projects with clients? As a general definition here, lets define spotting as ...
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How to deal with a bad film?

So I am in a situation in which I agreed to do "sound design" for a short film a year ago. It came to my desk and they had me rush a pre dub out in one week to send off to sun dance 2010. Well now ...
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Creative Use Of BGs In Film

I just finished reading Douglas Murray's guest article on Designing Sound during which he states: BG sounds connect the component shots into a whole scene and also separates the scenes one from the ...
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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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Film Sound Design Contracts

I am a theatrical sound designer, and a play that I worked on has recently been filmed and they have approached me with a seperate contract. They want to give me $5000 for full rights. Should I ask ...
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Old Movie Phasing

I have noticed that many older movies (Late 70's and before) shown on tv have a subltle phasing sound that runs thru the entire track. It sounds like maybe the stereo track is being summed or is out ...
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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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If you could ask Walter Murch one question (or piece of advice), what would it be?

What would you ask Walter Murch if you had a chance? But just one question! Look forward to seeing some answers :) Cheers!
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Feature Lengths

Hey all, I'm about to start working on the dialog, and sound edit for my first feature length film. If the film is around 90 minutes I should ask for three different quicktime files (consisting of ...
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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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Sound Utility Technician

I am about to do a gig as a sound utility technician. I was told by the production manager that I didn't need any equipment for the shoot. Is the sound mixer going to expect me to bring any ...
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Whistling bomb sound

Hey Guys! First time posting. i was wondering if anyone has any ideas on creating a whistling bomb sound, like a falling bomb. without sounding too cartoony. my first thought was to record a Nerf ...
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books on mixing films?

does anybody know of any book that deals with Mixing of films.. i have downloaded two books The Mixing Engineers Handbook. Mix Smart Pro Audio Tips For Your Multitrack Mix from the internet but ...
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Looking for good resources regarding film analysis

Hi everyone, I'm currently doing a paper at university in film music, analysing the composition & sound design of various films. We've been assigned to groups & ours has decided to analyse ...
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Reconforming workflow

Hello hello, I know there are a few related threads about re-conforming to new picture cuts on the board but they've only really been nibbled at, and I'm keen to hear about people's re-conforming ...
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What do you use to Conform to new picture cuts?

For me, starting film sound post with a locked picture cut is practically unheard of these days, even on lower budget films. And big budget and/or VFX films tend to make picture changes right through ...
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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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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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Film that shows progress of sound design

Hi, I'm working with a group of 1st graders on a film project. The approach I'm taking is very sound driven. We started by listening to an unusual recorded sound and they drew what they thought it ...
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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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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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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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Films with extended moments of great sound

What are your favourite long form pieces of sound design in film? I'm doing a little research into a project where I'd need to make up 50 minutes of film with exciting/interesting sound for a ...
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Big Budget Films/Compensation

When working post-production audio on a big budget film, name actors, directors....etc. What would the expected compensation be?
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Good examples of internal conflict in film, using sound design

I am staring work on a full length feature, and one of the main characters is prone to anxiety/panic attacks. Can people help me compile a quick reference list of their favorite uses of this sort of ...
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How to archive 1960's Nagra tapes to digital recordings?

My father was a sound engineer in the 1960's and 70's. My mum wants a clear out and my dad would like to listen again to his old recordings. I'd like to help him and make a digital archive of the ...
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The film-making process for a sound designer pretending to be a writer

I realize this isn't a typical question for SSD -- we almost never talk about the film making process, because most of the stuff we do is post. But, I'm doin' it! I've run into something of a ...
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tricks to generate emotions through soundscapes

Of cause, one of the main tasks of sounddesign is to create subconscious emotional conditions at the listener. For example the sounddesign of the movie >silence of the lambs<. May you remind of the ...
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Pre-Film School Preparation

Hey guys, I'm going to be leaving for film school later this year and before I leave I was thinking of what would be the most essential things I would NEED to work on my school projects and other ...
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Am I in the wrong? - mixing help!

Hello everyone, I am a soon to be graduate from BA Film. For my final year I have decided to work as a sound designer (my second year I did this as I have a musical background and seen the ...
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In need of some career advice.

I'm in the position where I may be offered a job editing and mixing sound for reality television. I eventually want to work in feature films as an editor, working my way up to sound design. I've ...