What Is Production Sound?

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What Is Production Sound?

  1. 1. What is Production Sound? The forgotten half of filmmaking.
  2. 2. Production Sound defined <ul><li>Complex craft of recording live dialogue and sound effects on the set during principal photography (production). </li></ul><ul><li>Craft = Mix of technical & artistic </li></ul><ul><li>On the set = not a recording studio </li></ul><ul><li>Live = not the control of post </li></ul>
  3. 3. Requires a blend of <ul><li>Creative judgement </li></ul><ul><li>Technical expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Acceptable compromise </li></ul>
  4. 4. Art of Problem Solving <ul><li>Spot potential noise problems before shooting </li></ul><ul><li>Control environmental sounds </li></ul><ul><li>Good mic placement is critical </li></ul><ul><li>Equipment failure </li></ul><ul><li>Changes in blocking & performance </li></ul>
  5. 5. Mixer is part engineer <ul><li>Operation of audio recorders </li></ul><ul><li>Operation of mixing consoles </li></ul><ul><li>Familiarity with mics </li></ul><ul><li>On-set communications </li></ul>
  6. 6. Mixer is part Sound Editor <ul><li>Quality of recorded dialogue </li></ul><ul><li>Consistency of levels </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to intercut between scenes </li></ul><ul><li>Perspective </li></ul><ul><li>Usable sound effects & backgrounds </li></ul><ul><li>Alternate material for soundtrack </li></ul>
  7. 7. Mixer is part Director <ul><li>Story telling thru dialogue </li></ul><ul><li>Story telling thru sound design </li></ul><ul><li>How can the soundtrack serve to advance the storyline or add a new dimension to the visual element? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Filmmaking is a team effort <ul><li>Not shooting an “audio” </li></ul><ul><li>Picture and Sound both convey the story </li></ul><ul><li>Not a contest to see if Camera or Sound Departments will “reign supreme” </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes Camera must yield to good dialogue and sometimes Sound needs to back off for picture </li></ul>
  9. 9. Mixing is creative <ul><li>Don’t have to be an electronics whiz </li></ul><ul><li>Just need to know how to use the gear; not how to service it! </li></ul><ul><li>More important to understand post-production so you know WHAT to record on the set for the editors to use later. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Sound stages are not quiet <ul><li>Film sets are not conducive to sound </li></ul><ul><li>Deal with background noise </li></ul><ul><li>Echo and reverb; bad acoustics </li></ul><ul><li>Camera angles & lighting hinder mic placement </li></ul><ul><li>Blocking and performance can make sound mixing difficult </li></ul>

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