Archive for July, 2010

Hey all,

One of the biggest problems in indie film making is the sound. These problems start on set. Therefore, I’m in the process of writing a very extensive article about the art of boom operation. I’ve found that it’s rather difficult to find information about boom oping online, so hopefully this will be a great resource to those who are interested in becoming an op and those who are going to op their own indie films.

Stay Tuned!

Tutorial Series

As many of you know, aside from doing my freelance work, I teach production audio and SFX recording techniques at Full Sail University about 8 – 10 days out of the month. I am constantly working with high end gear, and writing tutorials on how to use it. One thing that I have noticed, and that many of my students have mentioned, and I’m sure all of you know, is that there are very few resources out there on production audio. If you want to know how to sync timecode wirelessly between a Deva V and a Sony EX3, you have to find a forum and hope someone else has done it and knows how to. If you want to stripe TC onto your 5D from your 744T so you don’t have to manually sync in post, how do you do that? Or something like building a custom rig where the backup recorder isn’t dependent on the primary recorder.

So basically, I’d like to write a series of tutorials on these topics. But I don’t want to just aimlessly write them and hope that they’re useful to someone somewhere. I’d like to take a survey of who needs to know what, and start from there.

So ask away! What do you want to learn? What do you have trouble with in the field? What pieces of gear do you have trouble syncing up? What problems are you looking for solutions to?

Just met up with Gary Rizzo and had lunch with him and a few friends. Lots of cool stuff to talk about in a future post, but I had a chance to ask him today what his favorite moments were in Inception.

I’m going to watch it tonight, and wanted to know what to listen for. I didn’t record the questions, nor did I have anything to write his answers down with, so I’m just going to paraphrase:

I asked him; “What are your favorite sound moments in Inception?”

He replied (in my words…). There are a couple of great moments in the movie. The first one is this sequence that happens in Paris. You are down on the street in Paris, and all of a sudden things start exploding around you. But not a fiery explosion. It’s just all air, as if there was some kind of pressure making everything explode. It starts small and then everything around you is exploding, but there is never any fire. Some of the shots start for half a second in real time, then switch to slow motion. There was this news stand that starts to explode. I had a lot of low rumbling, and some air pressure sounds, and then some paper sounds and everything. There are also some cool animal sounds mixed in there. There are no incendiary or concussion explosions in there at all. It’s really cool.

Another one is where this van throws into reverse right before it crashes over a bridge. As is goes over, it switches to super slow motion. There’s this synthy really low rumble sound that sounds really cool. It’s pretty much silent except for that sound. Really cool.

Gary’s final words though about watching the movie was not to listen to the sounds. Not to watch the effects. Just watch the movie. He mentioned that you will be completely and utterly confused for the first reel or two, then by three, you’ll kind of get it, and by 4 you’ll be moving right along for the story. Every moment counts in this one. Don’t leave to go to the bathroom or popcorn. Don’t bring someone with you that will ask you questions every two seconds. Pay attention to every moment or you’ll be lost.

Good stuff!

I’ll follow up after I see the movie, and I have some more from Gary. My computer is going to die in 4 minutes, so I better post this quick.

Let me know what you think, and enjoy!!

Also, go check out this promo for SoundworksCollection’s Inception profile:

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