As a director, you often have to think about your shot list and the locations you want to film in. This is one of the most important parts of making your film because it determines how much time and money you need to spend on making each scene. You should always consider sound when choosing a location for shooting because it’s critical to the success of your project — 50% of your film relies on audio! Here are some tips for taking advantage of this fact:
As a Director you should always consider sound, even before you get to set
Sound is an essential part of filmmaking. It’s what helps tell the story and create emotion, tension, suspense and comedy in your film. As a director, you should always consider sound before it gets to set—it can make or break a film!
Sound is so important because it sets the tone for every scene in your movie. For example: if you have a love scene with music playing/no dialogue/a train passing by outside/the sounds of people walking around outside then that will all contribute to how viewers will perceive this scene; if there are no sounds during this same love scene then it creates an eerie feeling which changes how we see things differently than if there were naturalistic noises happening around them (like birds chirping).
Audio is 50% of your film and so many people don’t pay enough attention to it until post production when it’s too late
Audio is 50% of your film. It’s astonishing how many people don’t pay attention to sound until post-production, when it’s too late.
It’s important for both the director and the producer to be aware of audio, especially when they’re filming on location. If you’re shooting in a library or somewhere that has no natural sound absorption, you have to find ways to fix those problems during production so there aren’t any surprises later on in post-production.
When you’re choosing a location think about what sounds might be in the background, for example if you’re shooting in a city try to find somewhere with less noise
The sound of a location is important for several reasons, but one of the biggest is that it can make or break your film. When you’re choosing a location think about what sounds might be in the background and plan accordingly! If you’re shooting indoors try to find somewhere that is less reverberant so that all of the dialogue is clear and understandable when played back on set or after production wraps up.
Talk to your sound recordist and make sure they’re comfortable with the locations
It’s important to talk to your sound recordist before you start filming. You want to make sure they are comfortable with the locations you have chosen and that they have any suggestions for places that will make the sound better. They may also have ideas on how to make the sound better, such as using moving blankets and other forms of acoustic treatment when filming.
Actors should consider how their voices are going to sound in post production, for example if they are shouting outdoors they may need to exaggerate the volume of their voice without mumbling so that it can be heard properly by the audience
If you are an actor, and you’re shooting outside, there is a good chance that the sound guy will have to tweak your volume in post production. As the director, you should be aware of this before shooting so that you can guide your actors accordingly.
If they are shouting outdoors they may need to exaggerate the volume of their voice without mumbling so that it can be heard properly by the audience.
Sound is important! Don’t let it slip off your radar.
Sound is a crucial part of the production process — if you don’t think so, then take a look at any narrative or documentary film and see how much time has been spent on sound design. You’ll notice that every shot has some sort of ambient noise added in order to make it more immersive (or “real”). And if you want your film to feel real, then why wouldn’t you consider all these details beforehand?
I hope this article has awoken something in you. Sound is such a huge part of your film and shouldn’t be an afterthought. Budget well, plan well and make sure you prioritise sound as much as other aspects of your film.
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