This week in class we learnt about the use of audio in the production.
There are 3 stages of production:
Pre-production – In this stage you plan everything to do with your production. This is one of the most important stages because you cant start the production if you have not planned what you are going to do. For example, you wont be able to start filming if you haven’t planned what you will use to record audio, and what microphone will be the best for what you are producing.
Production – This is when you are actually producing the thing you have planned out. So you are going to be filming the production, and the pre-production stage helps you with this step. This stage is when you will be recording all the audio while filming.
Post Production – At this point you have all your recording done. This is when you are putting everything together to make your finished piece. So you will be editing your footage together, syncing and adding audio, like sound effects and foley sound. By the end of this stage you will have a finished piece.
Pre-Production in Audio
This stage is very important for audio because in the final step if you don’t have audio or you don’t have the right audio or it is not the right quality it can ruin your whole production.
Our task for this week was audio based. We made a radio play called ‘the proposal’. We planned our everything we were going to do. Filled out all the paper work we needed to do. We decided a shot gun microphone would be the best for this audio task because we were recording peoples voices and did not want much back ground noise. We found a found a small room by the tv studio, this room was quiet and didn’t echo which was good.
“Set in a relatively busy restaurant, a series of communication and cutlery used in the background”
(Restaurant sounds in the back ground)
F1: Wow, this place is so fancy
F2: I know
F2: Can’t I take you somewhere fancy
F1: This is the fanciest place you’ve taken me in 5 years
F2: Yeah, can’t I treat my girlfriend to a fancy dinner
F1: Because you never do
F2: Anyway, what are you having?
F1: Crab-stuffed lobster tails
F2: I’ll have the same
(Water pouring and eating sounds)
F1: So why are we here?
F2: I’ve been wanting to ask you this for a while
F1: Okay yes?
F2: Are you pregnant?
F1: what? NO
F2: I’m only joking, but seriously
F2: Will you marry me
F1: Of Course
- Unidirectional dynamic microphone
- Zoom sound recorder
- Foley instruments: water, a cup, shoes.
- XLR cable
- Shotgun Microphone
Monday: Planning all day
Tuesday: Planning 9.30 – 11.30 Recording 12.30-2.30 Editing 2.30 -3.30
Wednesday: Editing 9.30 – 11.30 Exporting and Uploading 11.30 – 12.30
I feel like this task went reasonably well. Some of the audio we recorded was a little bit quiet. We were able to fix this when editing the sounds buy making the specific sounds louder using avid, so all the clips sounded the same. We also had a few problems with recording the actual sounds because at first we had the microphone was to near to the actors mouth and we had to move it around to each actor but if there was any noise when doing this we were able to edit this out.
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I gained a lot from this feedback, I realised that I did rush the editing part and if I was to repeat this task again I would have concentrated more on the editing and not rushed it.
The Beat: A Blog by PremiumBeat. (2014). 5 Tips for Planning Your Audio in Pre-Production. Available at: https://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/audio-preproduction/ [Accessed 20 Feb. 2017].