Stages of the production process:
- Post Production
How does pre-production apply to audio?
- Go scouting for a location that the sound will work well in
- See what the shot entails
- Invest in quality sound equipment
- Hire a sound mixer or boom operator
- Make a detailed plan
What are the elements that need to be considered?
- The environment
- Time constraints
- The equipment
- Financial elements
- The crew
How they link with the other stages of the production process?
The sound department relies on all other areas of the production process. It is better to prevent audio problems from happening in the first place so that its easier to deal with in post production. For example it is easier to prevent external sounds from occurring in the first place rather than trying to get rid of them in post production and through this affecting the overall audio quality. One way of helping to prevent future issues is to carry out test recordings.
Planning and documentation
- Meeting and hiring crew
- Health and safety
- Contracts and details
- Time Planning
- Scheduling shoot days
‘The Proposal’ Script Draft 1: 20/02/17
Elderly man and woman having conversation at a restaurant on the beach:
*sound of waves and birds in background*
[Woman] “This is the perfect holiday, the whole island is just so beautiful!”
[Man] “I knew you’d like it. Whenever my father brought me here as a boy I’d just stay right here by the sea all day, until it got dark. Something about the waves gave me such peace. I would just sit and stare at it for hours (says with a chuckle). (Pause) I have so many good memories in this place.
[Woman] And 50 years later here we are! Haha. Would you have imagined? I’m so lucky to have met you.
[Waiter] “Would you like some champagne?”
[Woman] Man “Oooo yes please.” “Why not!”
[Man] and Woman Cheers!
[Woman] To sharing the last 30 years together!
[Man] And to sharing our future together too.
[Man] You know, you have that saying.. it’s never too late…
[Woman] It’s never too late to live happily ever after!
[Man] Exactly! And… well, hopefully it’s not too late to ask you… (pause- sound of chair moving to kneel on floor) to be my wife.
[Woman] Ohhhh of course Henry! Yes, Yes!
(Round of Applause)
Health and Safety Risk Assessment
9am – 11am: Planning the script and the basis of our idea
11am – 12:30: Starting to fill out the Risk Assessment Hazard Check List.
1:30 – 4:00: Finalise the script and carry out a location recce around the college.
9am – 11am: Fill out Location Recce information sheet.
11am – 3:30: Record the final project including sound effects and dialogue.
9am – 12:30: Start editing together the final piece.
‘The Proposal’ Final Piece
Overall I think the final project went well and we were successful in recording the audio and sound effects at a good quality. We wanted to record the Foley sounds ourselves for the project however as we only had one day to record some sounds such as the waves would’ve been hard to effectively create so I decided to use a mixture of Foley sounds we had created and a sound library. The sound we created ourselves was the ‘cheers’ sounds of the two glasses clinking together. We created this by tapping two keys together and I think overall the sound was representative of the glasses and sounded accurate. The Foley sounds that I used from the library were the sound of the waves, which was used to help set the scene and imply the fact that the couple are on the beach on holiday, and the other sound was the pouring of the champagne to help the audience to visualise what the couple were doing being as there are no visuals. I found this task interesting as usually I would be inclined to film the scene and have visuals to go along with the audio, which is why I found it important to use sound effects to compliment the dialogue and help paint the picture of what is happening. I came up with the idea of two elderly people becoming engaged so that our project would stand out from others in our class and I enjoyed helping to write a script for the scene as this is something we haven’t done much of in class. We decided to use a shotgun microphone to record the audio as this gives a good sound quality and as there are no visuals we would not need to worry about it being one of the larger microphones and being in shot. Some of the sounds we recorded do sound slightly muffled which could have been where we held the microphone too close to the speakers mouth, which is something I will now consider in the future when recording with a shotgun mic. As some sounds came out slightly louder than others I also had to play around with adjusting the volumes of each clip in the post-production process to ensure that the sounds were at the same level of volume.
Premium Beat, 5 tips for planning your audio in pre-production, Caleb Ward (2015) https://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/audio-preproduction/ (Accessed: 20 February 2017).
Audio production – AVE services (2011) Available at: http://audiovisualexcellence.co.uk/event-services/audio-production/ (Accessed: 20 February 2017).
https://www.freesound.org/s/138125/ champagne pouring