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When I establish, or experience, sound design based on a concept, that usually means a set of overarching design principles or themes that act as a set of heuristics that can guide decisions - and critiques - made along the way. Is it intended to compliment or contrast the emotional tone of a scene? Are there emotive descriptors that can be used to influence ...


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No list would be complete without Chewbacca and the dinosaurs from Jurassic Park. I also liked the language in District 9. Ultimately I'm impressed by any language design work that sounds organic but otherworldly.


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I strongly recommend you to get a copy of Sound Design: The Expressive Power of Music, Voice and Sound Effects in Cinema by David Sonnenschein. It will give you a good idea of all the elements to look out for in sound design for film.


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district 9 easily jumps to the top of my list. (57 seconds in) [youtube]pHihFA8q8xI#t=57s[/youtube] how to train your dragon was loaded up with tons of cool sounds [youtube]88x08ePynt0[/youtube] Lord of the rings Balrog (made with concrete and wood!) [youtube]JLclk16PtE4[/youtube] also the mouth of sauron was fun. [youtube]8FfRRpRAHI0&feature=...


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A few unmentioned ones come to mind: Pixar's "Brave" -- the work with Bear vocals is very impressive and incredibly expressive. R2D2 -- we cannot forget the emotive beeps and whirrs And an honorable mention for "The Lost Thing", an incredible animation film. I first discovered it when www.soundworkscollection.com did a segment on the sound design. The ...


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i think i know what you mean, like give you almost a physical reaction... the famous "bite the curb...' scene in american history x... just that sound of the teeth on the concrete is what scares me the most and makes me want to turn away... i also remember in 127 hours when he has to place the knife to the nerve endings in his arm and there is an almost ...


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I had a scene in a short film I did last year where I did something fun. The film is a period piece, so no modern sounds anywhere. A woman is sitting alone in a room contemplating a potion she's in the process of making that will kill her unborn child - saving it from her abusive husband. I put a clock in the room (even though there wasn't one ...


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Here is my choice: http://www.amazon.com/Dialogue-Editing-Motion-Pictures-Invisible/dp/0240809181/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361733846&sr=8-1&keywords=dialogue+editing+for+motion+pictures http://www.amazon.com/Practical-Art-Motion-Picture-Sound/dp/0240812409/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1361733899&sr=1-1&keywords=practical+art+of+...


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Heh. Welcome to the rest of your career. :) I fall more into the "client is always right" camp. I think it's my job to speak up when I disagree and educate the clients just as you have done but at the end of the day, they're the ones who have sweat blood over this film for months, if not years on end, and the director always always gets the last word. "...


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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 to the senses of the one suffering it, and this differs from person to person, as well as there are rarely dronings or similar sounds present. With rarely I mean ...


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The ear-scene in Reservoir Dogs was the first thing that came to my mind too. The second ting that came to my mind was a movie (and a book) that's full of music that (kind of) juxtaposes the scene (at least if we're not to look at the scene from Alex' psychopathic view)... ...A Clockwork Orange, a movie full of contrapuntal/anempathic/juxtapositional/...


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What you're asking here is basically like asking how to build a car from scratch, in detail. Not only is it extremely technical, different cars demand different ways to be built. Same goes here. A good book to read how 5.1 works and why is Tomlinson Holmans - 5.1 Up And Running. The only true rule is: You do what you must. Nothing more, nothing less. What ...


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This question is way too broad. there are pleny of places you can read up on personal techniques and mixing preferences on the web. I say this to help you...this kind of question is a bad way to approach people who can share knowledge with you. Take the time to educate yourself and develop informed...and specific...questions. You'll develop some of your own ...


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No Country For Old Men did it for me when I remember seeing that for the first time.


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Plus one for Touch the Sound. There's a great old newsreel called "Back of the Mike" which shows a radio play performance in action, complete with live sound effects performance. You can watch it here. I also dig "Fog City Mavericks" a documentary about Bay Area Filmmakers (Coppola, Lucas etc.) and how they influenced the cinema world, including film sound....


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Some conceptual reasons have been expressed by Walter Murch and Michel Chion: mono/stereo centre the viewer's focus on the screen and diegetic world, further supporting the suspension of disbelief. Having sounds emanating from the physical theatre space can draw the audience's attention the fact that they are in a cinema and divides their attention between ...


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A lot of people are mentioning cost and overlooking the concept of aesthetic choice (props to Brendan Rehill for mentioning it). Multichannel surround isn't necessarily the best choice for all theatrically distributed films. Documentaries are a prime example. Yes, you can mix a documentary in surround (and some/many do), but few suffer aesthetically in 2 (or ...


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I find that my own suspension of disbelief tends to arise from synthesized sounds, as opposed to recontextualized field recordings. This is true of a lot of genre films (Escape from New York, Solaris, and untold hundreds of other horror and sci-fi films), but even recent films such as Terminator Salvation, where the sound design of some of the 'bots was so ...


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Kevin, Check out this video on calibrating your studio speakers to a standard monitoring level: http://vimeo.com/22735507 Calibrate to 79dB for a home studio. If you don't have an SPL meter, you can download one on a smartphone and it will do just fine. It's might be a bit louder than you're used to. Once you're all calibrated, watch a film or show that ...


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As said above, you want to calibrate your playback environment first. Than, in my experience, with dialogue you want to be hitting equal to about -27 DB LEQ(a) up the center channel, usually measured on a stage with a Dolby LM100. That usually results in your dialogue average meter sitting around -16 dB to -12dB with peaks hitting around -6dB, maybe as hot ...


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I like the voice of the little transformer that hacks into the airplane's network on the first movie. It's kind of an evil funny machine!


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If it's for dialogue I'd try and buy a secondhand MKH416. If you had to buy new right away then a K6/ME66. I honestly don't think anything below these is worth owning as they all lack sensitivity and are too noisy. If this wasn't an option I'd hire instead.


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NOTE: this response was to the original iteration of the question. To be perfectly honest, this question rubs me the wrong way - a first actually. What rubs me the wrong way, and this is merely an observation of principal and NOT a judgement of personality/character... is that I sense a lack of gratitude, a lack of appreciation for what has been had and ...


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The first thing is, don't make it totally gone at any point. Listen to the audio of medical dramas like Grey's Anatomy; the sound never really leaves the soundtrack completely. Fade it down and up, but not completely out. Second, use viewpoint changes in the camera editing to adjust the level of the sound; take the opportunities when the camera moves ...


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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 how to listen to your script and make notes. Within the first 25 pages, Sonnenschien recommends that you take the script, whatever the version and read ...


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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. They'll be able to give you advice on what to use and how, and you'll likely get better equipment for the money you'll be spending. Granted, you won't own the ...


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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 low-pass filter blurs the music until you recover:


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Almost all Ingmar Bergman movies. They are the ones that have made great use of silence. here's one of the scenes from wild strawberries: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3n4TxNeaPg


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Possibly the earliest use of an effective silence in a film is Bande a Part AKA Band of Outsiders (1964) directed by Jean-Luc Godard. I loved that one-minute silence scene ...actually the whole movie is great. [youtube]B9XAi7xYOwQ[/youtube]


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Serenity. The fight scene in the bar when Summer Glau (River) gets crazy. Her voice, clothes, then the first punches and finally the whole ambience of the bar is appearing with screams, foley, sfx... [youtube]R8CYWGDxdQ0[/youtube] Great scene and one of the greatest sci-fi movie of all time.


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