If you want your audience to truly feel something, you’ve gotta give them a sonic experience that transports them into the world of your film. This workshop shows you how — step by step.
You’ve probably seen this David Lynch quote before:
“Films are 50 percent visual and 50 percent sound. Sometimes sound even overplays the visual.”
We all know this is true.
So here’s a tough question for you…
Are you giving sound 50% of your attention? Or even 25%?
If not, here are two reasons that focusing more energy on sound can give your work—and career—a major boost.
1. Great visuals just aren’t enough to stand out in an increasingly crowded market.
Thanks to inexpensive cameras and software, great images are everywhere.
These days, a 16 year-old with a cell phone and a copy of After Effects can create images and graphics that would have been reserved for professionals just 10 years ago.
On the other hand, compelling sound is still one of the largest dividing lines between professional and amateur films.
But if you’re willing to learn a few simple audio techniques and devote the energy to your sound design, you can narrow that gap between professional and amateur.
2. You don’t always have the resources for creating better images, but you can dramatically improve the quality of your sound for little money.
Most filmmakers aren’t using sound to its full potential. Even a little bit of effort would go a long way.
Now here’s the best part.
You don’t have to get a second mortgage on your house to dramatically increase the quality of your sound design.
In fact, a few small tweaks to your EQ and compression can make your dialogue sound better than it ever has before.
And a few counterintuitive sound design and mixing techniques can take your sonic experience to the next level.
All that’s required are a few plugins, and a working knowledge of how to use them.
That’s why we brought in Dallas Taylor, head of one of the leading sound design companies in the US, to show us how it’s done.
By the time this workshop is over, you’ll not only know how to make your audio sound better than it ever has, but you’ll have an entirely new set of creative tools at your disposal.
"Such incredibly valuable info for one of the most underrated facets of storytelling."
Dallas Taylor is a sound designer and founder of Defacto Sound, an Emmy nominated and Sundance Grand Jury Award winning sound design studio based in Washington, DC.
Defacto Sound's clients include: Netflix, Under Armour, National Geographic, Audi, AMC, Discovery, ESPN, Ford, American Airlines, Redbull, Whole Foods, PBS, and tons more.
All great sound design starts with a well-recorded audio file. That’s why Dallas dives deep into which mics he recommends, as well as specific techniques for using them.
How to make your dialogue sound incredible through the (proper) use of EQ, compression, and noise reduction.
Using music, foley, environments, hard effects, emotional effects, and silence to enhance your stories and truly immerse your viewers.
The secret sauce of mixing different elements together, and outputting a cohesive sonic experience that sounds great no matter where it’s heard.
Deliverables, splits, localization… all the nerdy (but important) terms you need for communicating like a pro with your audio post team.
"The post audio workshop was AMAZING! Helped me so much to fine-tune and make my films sound better."