Sound Thinking: About the Blog

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THE IDEA FOR THIS SERIES came about while Steve was researching a webinar he presented on sound for film to Women in Film and Video – DC

Much of a script’s storytelling and emotional resonance conveys through sound. If the sound is right, you should be able to experience most of what is going on in a film even with your eyes closed. 

In fact, a study by USC and the Australian National University shows that audio quality influences whether people believe what they hear — and whether they trust the source of information, especially important for documentary filmmakers and non-fiction producers.

Yet filmmakers often don’t begin to think too much about sound until they’re in post, even though an audience is quicker to overlook a poorly lit or oddly framed shot than sub-standard audio quality. 

Sound Thinking explores what a filmmaker needs to know to get the best sound and avoid some common issues. 

We’ll cover topics like:

  • What to know about sound recording: It’s as important as lighting to capture your vision.
  • Choosing the right location based on sound needs. And what to do once you are on location to capture the cleanest sound.
  • On-camera interviews: Avoid the kitchen if you can!
  • Costuming considerations: Who knew clothes could be so noisy?
  • Mics, gear, and how to stock your kit. You don’t have to spend a fortune!
  • “They’ll fix it in post”: New techniques in post can help a lot, but they can’t fix everything.
  • Sound Design, Music, ADR, Foley, Deliverables
  • Preplanning for your post-production audio needs.

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