Hey SEA fans welcome to another #tiptuesday blog post, like every others posts it is filled with information which you can use to transform yourself into a better professional in the the world of Sound Engineering.
We believe that location sound recordists are a special breed and today we are sharing some tips on location sound recording.
People usually think that, it is easy to get carried away with the visual side of film making and let sound take second place. In fact sound is actually 2/3 of the picture, the dialogue narration or voice over that provide most of the information in details of the story are also sound elements.
Music gets inside you, vibrates you and grabs you emotionally from within and the rest of those, sound design and the ambience are perfectly timed sound effects. All that sound signals are usually unnoticed by your conscious mind and making the film watching experience so immersive.
As an assignment we often ask our sound engineering students to watch their favorite movie with the sound turned off. When you watch the movie like that you begin to see all the edits and other visual information that makes up the film without getting immersed in the story, as a person who is interested in sound engineering you can also try this some time.
Then watch the same movie with sound turned back on you will see your brain can help you to get swept up with story again, making it that much harder to judge what the editor has done to construct the scenes.
If Seeing is Believing, Hearing is Feeling.
The picture carries the code reality of the story it had but the sound makes your heart swell and burst.
It is those sound effects which is there in a movie, makes the horror movie scary and makes science fiction film sequences fill you with the amazement.
You can close you eyes but you cannot close your ears
All this what is being said is that good sound is essential for making a good movie and it one of the most versatile and powerful story telling tools.
Unfortunately it definitely takes some real skill to record sound well, and despite the ton off powerful software available in the market, there is absolutely no substitute for sound that is properly recorded in the field.
Real film makers know how essential is a sound engineer and the need of competent sound engineers in the field.
It is a fact that having a skilled sound recordist plays a pivotal role in getting great sound for your movie. The tips mentioned below will help you to capture quality sound for your creative work.
For a Location sound recorder a head-phone is quite inevitable and should always wear a pair of headphones to determine the ideal placement of the boom mic.
Location recording can be a humbling experience. Your location recording can be affected by adverse climatic condition, demons in the gear etc which can waste you a single day. Experience will teach you to watch the weather, troubleshoot the gear and practice always makes you a perfect sound recordist.
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