Audio Skills

Image result for film audio                                              ’Sound set!’: The film industry needs audio, 2015

The audio problems I have encountered so far:

-> Picking up too much background noise – One problem I faced during the audio clapperboard task was that as we were filming in a busy area the microphone picked up a lot of background sound which made the overall quality lessen. How I would overcome this problem in the future however would be to change the pick up polar pattern to a lower pattern such as 50 degrees to that the microphone would only pick up the immediate sound of our person talking and not any ambient background noises.

-> Find it hard to accurately recreate Foley sounds. For our research project on sound we had to re-create Foley sounds from around the project and while many sounds such as running water were easy to create, some sounds such as a spaceship were difficult to accurately record. In the future I would know however that it depends on the resources you have and that you need to be creative when producing Foley sounds.

-> The placement of the microphone – Throughout the process of carrying out different sound tasks the problems that have often occurred usually involve the placement of the microphone. For example holding the microphone too close can created a loud and muffled sound, while holding it too far away makes the sound seem distance and of a bad quality. From this I have learned its good to carry out tests to see where the microphone needs to be placed to create a good sound. From these problems I have also learned that the microphone needs to be kept very still to ensure that a wind sound of the moving microphone isn’t picked up.


Off Screen Sound Clip Analysis

(Harvey Kingsley-Elton, 2016)

  • The sound is being used to show his internal thoughts, both diegetic and non-diegetic
  • Sound represents what’s going on in his life and how the arguments ect. are effecting him
  • The music from headphones are louder than the other sounds which shows how he’s using it to block out the other external sounds in his life
  • The different levels of sound show if the people in his life are standing far away or close to him
  • The ambient sound help to build the location for you – For example the teacher talking about grades presents a class room atmosphere
  • The subtle sounds such as the ticking clock and tapping on the keyboard are important when building ambience

Three Billy Goats Gruff – Audio Task

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Three Billy goats gruff (no date) World Stories

Problems I faced during the task, how we obtained the sounds created, the methods we used and the best tools for the task:

One problem that I encountered during the task was that in one of the audio clips the microphone was placed too close to the person’s mouth which made the sound quality muffled. It also made the sound seem much louder than the other clips so when it came to editing I had to lower the sound so that it would fit in with the other clips and so everything would be at the same volume. Another problem was that our group struggled to recreate the sound of the troll falling into the water. We tried dropping something into a tap filled with water but the splash sound was not immense enough and as we had limited resources at college I had to use a splashing sound from an online sound library for my audio task instead.

The other Foley sounded we created however were successful. When it came to creating the sound of the goat walking across the bridge we decided as a team that cups would be the best idea  to create this sound so we borrowed some cups from the canteen and placed them together to create the sound which overall went very well. The sound of the stream also went well as to do this all we did was turn on more than one tap on full and record it. As we didn’t want the microphone to come too close to the water to ensure it didn’t get wet we were worried the stream sound may sound slightly distant, but likely the sound of the taps were loud enough so that it didn’t.

The narration parts of the audio were fairly easy to record as we had been given a script of what to say, however finding somewhere quiet to record is never easy so finding a quiet room was found to be fairly time consuming, however once we found the right place the audio recording went smoothly. For the film I wanted there to be a subtle sound of birds chirping in a field to complement the story telling of the goat making it to the field, however I knew recording this sound myself would be difficult as we were not able to leave to college, so I found a clip from a sound library and used that which made the process much easier. I as thinking about using a piece of music to go along with the story however I found that whichever song I picked took the focus away from the narration so I decided to not use music so that the sound effects could clearly be heard as well as the actual story telling itself.

We found that the best methods when recording our sounds was to keep the microphone very still as this ensured there was wind sound of the microphone moving and the sound recordings would  be clear. As I worked in a group of 5 we found that it was best for one person to hold the recording device and listen with the headphones to ensure the recording sound was clear, while another person held the actual microphone to ensure it was kept steady. Overall this method worked out well for our group, and we recorded the sounds fairly quickly which meant we had time to upload our clips and listen to them while still having time to re-record any that we needed to. We decided to re-record the voice over for the billy goat gruff as you could hear the rustling of the paper when we were reading the character’s lines in the background of the audio so we did his again to ensure the sound quality was clear.

Final Audio Task


Harvard Referencing

’Sound set!’: The film industry needs audio (2015) Available at: (Accessed: 20 January 2017)

Three Billy goats gruff (no date) World Stories Available at: (Accessed: 20 January 2017).

Harvey Kingsley-Elton (2016) LIFTOFF – #4: Off-screen sounds – NYU sight & sound: Filmmaking. Available at: (Accessed: 20 January 2017).