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best iZotope RX2 workflow for a film

Just completed my first narrative feature film in FCP 7. The scratch tracks have been replaced with the double-system audio, and prepped to be exported as stems if needed. I have iZotope RX2, but ...
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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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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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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 mix a feature film in stereo and not 5.1 ?

Is there any true advantage of mixing a feature film nowadays in stereo as apposed to the more standard 5.1 format ?
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How Do You Analyse A Film or Game For It's Sound Content?

I've heard and read about how recording/mixing engineers in the music business analyze each others mixes to learn the techniques used to make a certain track sound so good or what the latest trend/...
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Does anybody know of any way to create a market ambience sound?

Working on a project with a scene in a middle eastern marketplace. I've attempted to record a conversations between me and 2 other people standing far away from the mic, and then layering, but it ...
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What do you mean by “Sound Design Concept”?

I've seen a lot of people praising the sound design concept for a film but what exactly does that mean, and can you give an example?
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List of Mimetic Scenes

After many failed attempts to view it before, I finally sat down and watched Hitchcock's Rear Window During the build up to Jimmy Stewart being confronted by the murderer, the scene struck me as ...
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tips and tricks film mixing

Does anyone know where i can find tips and tricks about film mixing: track-layout, using compression or not on dialogue-mix, plugins etc.
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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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The Thin Red Line: who is the main sound designer?

Hi sound lovers :) I'm analyzing the sound of Malik's masterpiece but i'm a bit confused about who between John Fasal and Claude Letessier is the main sound designer. Do you have any clue? IMDB doesn'...
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Internship over the summer

I am a freshman at USC who is very much interested in sound design. I am currently working on two senior theses, and am also studying live sound. School ends May 11th and I am free till August. Los ...
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Examples of non-overt mixes

What are some examples of mixes you've heard that are very emotionally powerful, don't knock you out of your chair because the concept, story telling & depth of character development makes all ...
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Does anybody can help me with sound for my interactive concept? (urgent)

I'm studying communication design and my final project is an inteactive concept for learning russian. I tryied to make an appropriate sound, but I failed. Does anyone can help me with it? I'm ...
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how to do a film mix- 5.1 and mono

i would like to know how to do a proper film mix -both mono and 5.1 in details. what are the steps one should follow? is it necessary to EQ all dialogue tracks, foley and fx tracks? if so, why? also ...
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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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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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Rober Bresson's notes on sound

http://filmsound.org/articles/bresson.htmw Sight and Hearing To know what business that sound (or that image) has there. What is for the eye must not duplicate what is for the ear. If the eye is ...
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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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Sending a headphone feed to a director on set?

Do any of you guys send a headphone feed to the director while working on a film set? Is there a way of doing this wirelessly & cheaply? A splitter would have to be 3 way as when im recording on ...
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Dolby License for a feature film

I've been working on a feature film and the producers want to offer it to the distributors (we want to release it on the DVD for now). One of their requirements is to have a Dolby License for the film....
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Romero-like sound design

In Utah, there is a local short-film contest, called the Demon Chaser, that's associated with our larger Salty Horror Film Festival. This contest is pretty similar to the 48HFF in that we're given a ...
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Discussion for the sound of “El Topo”

I often think that wacky movies blur reality to the point that they share similiar qualities with video games. I'm about to watch El Topo for the first time and I think it would be cool to get a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Where to purchase Mag Stock?

Howdy, Question says it all. I'm looking to learn how to edit analog audio on my professor's Moviola, but first I need to track down some 35mm magnetic film. A few searches on Google aren't turning ...
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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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When asked to work on a short, what is the proper process?

When you are asked to work on a short, what is the proper process of communication between the director and sound person? Do you ask for scripts or treatments and outlines? Are most films written ...
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Your favourite strings plug-in?

Hi all, I was wondering what plug-ins would you consider interesting or industry standard to play as MIDI when scoring films with strings. I might use them at some point but my budget is pretty tight!...
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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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Feedback on short film…

Last September I worked as a boom operator on "Eyes to See". It was the first actual film I worked on having previously worked only in various video formats. You can check it out at thedoorpost.com. ...
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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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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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Feedback on my sound design.

Hi everyone. I am hoping for some feedback on a work that I am in the last stage of completing. It is a sound replacement clip from Star Trek, the Future Begins. I am interested in opinions and ...
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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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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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The difference between Dry Comedic and Slapstick sounds

Can we compare the difference between dry comedic and slapstick sounds?? Is there a fine line between these things or is it vague? Maybe a movie or article reccomendation could lend a helping hand ...
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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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amp for a viewing room

Hi guys I'm starting work at a film production company and they asked me to source an amp for playback in the edit suite for playback of the project to the director, producers and investors. Which ...
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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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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 ...