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Speaking of Star Wars, there is a great book out that goes through the sound effects (comes with a little audio player attached). Naturally called "the sounds of star wars", it talks about either how the sound was created or a little interesting story about the sound. And its always fun to listen to the sound effects in a raw sense (not as they are mixed ...


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I find that looking at writing can be very inspirational, as well as looking at painting and photography. I also find that practicing art in other disciplines can sharpen one's aethetic. I'm currently in the process of designing our company's new website, and working within that design aesthetic has been fun for me. The same is true when I shoot ...


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Here are some popular and recommendable books regarding the topic: General/informative: M. Chion: Audio-Vision. On the analytical and "academic" side of sound's role in a visual medium (film). Very informative and interesting read. D. Sonnenschein: Sound Design. Has a more practical approach to the topic as it's written by a (film) sound designer himself. ...


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He should definitely check out some of the Soundworks videos, and if he doesn't already have one, a portable recorder like a Zoom H4n would be a good investment. Also, remember you don't have to choose between being a sound designer and a musician - it's all sound. You can be both.


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For me, it's being out in nature (usually alone, or with like-minded sound people who GET what this kind of experience is all about) - the stillness of the high desert, the cliffs along the beach, the redwood forests of the Pacific Northwest (its where they shot Endor in Star Wars) are a few favorites which come to mind. Being out there dissociates me from ...


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A copy of the original Star Wars should do the trick. If it doesn't, have him watch WALL-E, Poltergeist, and Once Upon A Time in the West. All in one night. With a notepad.


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kid needs a mic or a synth IMO. :) edit: pocketsynth! alt text http://images.junostatic.com/full/IS316391-01-01-BIG.jpg


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i had to do a similar thing whilst in University. The best advice i can give you is to listen critically to what you are trying to recreate. Try and work out how these sounds are achieved, and what they could be obtained from. Then experiment recording different mechanical and electrical sounds; printers, windows, microwaves, oven doors slamming literally ...


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Hi there, Another good link on how they got some of the sounds for the film is: http://www.soundworkscollection.com/news/why-the-iron-man-3-sound-department-went-to-toys-r-us Quite an interesting article on how they got the sounds for the characters. Good luck


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I'm going to defer to Tim Prebble's answer here: Jurassic Park - Classic Roar Especially so because you mention that this is homework. Good luck!


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Sorry for the short answer, but perspective is key, here. Try to get many different perspectives so that the camera cuts are made more interesting and sonically different so that it doesn't sound like a plopped long helicopter sound was thrown in. Good examples of wonderful helicopter design: Black Hawk Down - cliche good helicopter movie A good day to ...


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Hi lili Sounds for a cool job, helicopters makes fun. As bit depth said before, try to separate blades from engine. If you need fx for the blades, use a kind of pitched down sword-swishes or whooshes. Try to experiment with the pitch to find something who works. Also helicopters makes some great noise if they are in distant and there is only the low ...


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The one that immediately spring to mind is Apocalypse Now. Walter Murch used helicpotor recordings, but also synthesised elements of helicopter sound. He then mixed between the acoustic and synthesised sounds, particularly in the dream like sequences. IMO worth a look and evaluation. http://www.salon.com/2000/04/27/murch/


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Like many others have said here, I like traveling and getting out. This last year I have been blessed to have been able to travel to Australia, Mexico, UK, Ohio, Michigan, the Caribbean, Florida, Oregon coast, Idaho, among other places for gigs, and I must say, going out and meeting new people and experiencing different cultures is possibly the biggest ...


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What a wonderful thread with some inspiring perspectives! I engage in two kinds of inspirational activity: Focusing on taking in within the discipline, and working outside the discipline altogether. The first one involves tons of listening, instead of producing or making. Input, not output. For me, that ranges from music to movies to sitting in public ...


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For me its reading poetry. The one thing about poetry is the use of symbolism and metaphor. I try to apply the same principles on the projects that I work on. I also direct short films so this is where it helps me the most. Like, trying to replace a line or a shot by using a sound that tells the same thing. Just like in poetry i.e. use of a single word to ...


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