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Sound Design depicting mental illness in film

Talking to schizophrenics for advice how it sounds won't necessarily do you much good as we're not talking something like an LSD-trip or such here, we're talking a state that appears totally natural ...
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Tuning out from world sound design

Highly relevant, you will enjoy digesting the many examples in here: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ShellShockSilence Mass Effect games also have this effect when you're "low health", a ...
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Basic Ultra Low Budget Audio Equipment for Video

You're not going to find anything worth using that you can buy for that budget. My suggestion would be to find a local shop that rents gear out and talk to them about what you'll be shooting and how. ...
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Script breakdown in a sound context

You can also look at the David Sonnenschein book Sound Design: The Expressive Power of Music, Voice and Sound Effects in Cinema. The first 25 pages gives you a really good idea of what to look for and ...
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Altering perception of a character with sound deisgn

one character that sprang to mind is Arby from the Channel Four series 'Utopia'. If you haven't watched it, it's definitely worth checking out and the theme music is awesome too. Anyway, this ...
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Sound Design depicting mental illness in film

You should watch Eraser Head, by David Lynch. It may not be specifically depicting his mental illness but it certainly sets a mood of mental weirdness between the characters and that strange baby ...
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Correct film crediting

Sound Mixer or Sound Recordist
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Is my dialogue premix too muddy?

To my ears, it does indeed sound as if there is too much build-up in the lower mids. I wouldn't say "muddy", but rather more boomy, boxy, or honky - those are three words I would use to describe it. ...
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Proper way to boom dialogue between two people

When both persons speaking are visible I memorize the lines while the actors practice (having a script at hand might be helpful) and pan the mic between both. If the scene is split into shot/ reverse ...
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Proper way to boom dialogue between two people

Do you memorize the dialogue and aim the microphone back and forth between the two people when their lines come up? yes This allow you to anticipate one's sentences ending and be on place for ...
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How do I reduce echo coming from large glass panes?

If it's just dialog that you are recording then rent a couple lav mics if you can then make sure the audio coming off them is nice and usable. The problem with a hypercardioid mic in a reflective room ...
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How to create trailer voice effect

The harshness of the compression is similar to API's boxes. It might be one, although I never can remember the number of model. The cool "damaged" sound are most certainly an artifact from (very ...
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How do I reduce echo coming from large glass panes?

Just putting cardboard over the windows will improve things dramatically. A cardboard room is already quite dead. If you have a lot of cardboard, you can concertina it by putting some scores in it ...
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Sound Design cutting throught Music

EQ is your friend here. My first guess would be to EQ the lows and extreme highs out of the reverb return so you can boost it without muddying the whole mix. Similarly, you can use EQ to carve out a ...
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Is my dialogue premix too muddy?

Well what Joseph Santoyo said is pretty right, i mean it can get you in the ballpark and have a decent sounding vocal recording, but in no way a serious one. If you take 2 voices make a big Q around ...
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How does A/B montage works?

A/B is also called checkerboarding. You can use it for when a scene changes or anytime you need to apply processing that is radically different than the section of audio that came right before it. ...
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Please recommend movie titles

Since this is in soundDesign I will assume you are doing research on sound design in films. One of my favorite films for sound design in general (and fits in a bit before your civil war era) is Master ...
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Please recommend movie titles

Going for the obvious... Raging Bull - one of the greatest movies of all time, which happens to be about a boxer. Fantastic use of sound throughout the film. no recommendations but Glory looks ...
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Good Drama Films/TV for Sound Design?

I think Robert Altman's multi-mic work is gives a really natural but unique/fresh perspective. Check out MASH and Nashville. Anything from Studio Ghibli is incredibly elegant. The Wind Rises is ...
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Good Drama Films/TV for Sound Design?

There are many, so maybe I'll add more here later. I do actually think this is a good list to have on the site, so hopefully people will chip in. Immediatelly though, I think of the films of Michael ...
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Doing the best possible Job in a situation that demands ADR

You were hired as a sound recordist- not a miracle worker. This is a location problem and the scene shouldn't have been shot there unless they were willing to do ADR. The best you can do in these ...
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Doing the best possible Job in a situation that demands ADR

Did you or the director tell the actors that the audio wouldn't be usable? If so, I wouldn't do that. Actors generally have enough to worry about and telling them things that don't really concern ...
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Sound Design depicting mental illness in film

Not mental illness of a conventional kind, but I highly recommend watching Triangle (2009) WITHOUT watching the trailer or any spoilers... intense, gripping, unique sound design used for moments of ...
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Sound Design depicting mental illness in film

All these films have similar FX patterns: echo voices, reverse reverb vocals, and a selected set of strings: Symphopia 2 could help you a lot with this...
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Sound Design depicting mental illness in film

You should definitely watch Martha Marcy May Marlene, by Sean Durkin http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1441326/ And, of course, Lars von Trier's movies.
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Sound Design depicting mental illness in film

This might seem fuddy duddy, but you might also want to ask musical people who also have schizophrenia what kinds of sounds they think convey it accurately. Be careful with horror noises, it has a ...
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