Category Archives: sound

Changing the mood

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Music has a huge role in setting the tone of a film. And it’s odd how making an apparently small change to the music has a significant effect on a movie’s mood. Our second film, Albert, has just acquired a new soundtrack and the improvement is significant. The soundtrack we selected originally was an existing piece of music. It was… Read more »

Call in the professionals?

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I’m in the middle of writing reviews of some of the kit we use, starting with the Zoom H4n sound recorder. And this brought to mind a bit of advice I see often on filmmaking forums. When beginners ask the inevitable question, ‘what audio gear should I buy’, sure as eggs is eggs someone will pop up and say, ‘don’t buy… Read more »

The sound of silence

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We’re currently working on the sound for Cigarette, the short film we shot back in March. In many ways this is the most challenging production to date from a sound perspective – not because of dialogue (there isn’t any) nor because of the complexity of the sound – but because of the lack of it. The entire action, which takes place… Read more »

Screaming our heads off…

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We always knew it would come to this … Clare screaming her lungs out, and all in the name of art. No Evil will feature two sound montages – effectively audio flashbacks for the character of Luke. They’re essential to portraying his state of mind. And they feature two characters – Luke’s parents – otherwise only referred to in dialogue…. Read more »

The kit: audio

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Audio experts will tell you that “sound is half the movie”. In fact, they will bludgeon you with this pithy little epithet over and over until you give in and spend all your money on mics and mixers. At least, that’s what it’s like in the film-making forums. And they have a point. A film with poor composition or focus… Read more »