Short Film Audio Evaluation
For this project we had to take audio from our Genre Film and use the program Audacity, to edit the audio, making it clearer or distorting it as necessary, this is my evaluation on that project.
I decided to edit Stephans audio for my film as he had been quite quiet throughout the film, so I removed background noise to make him more clear and then raised the volume of his audio track, however this didn’t help much as Steven had been so quiet that even with all of these changes you could still barely hear him.
Another thing I decided to do was to ad music over my track. This helped to keep the movie from being boring. Luckily I didn’t need to open the music track in audacity as there was nothing that really needed to be fixed about it. The only thing I needed to do was to open the music track in Premiere Pro and then lower and raise the volume using key-frames as appropriate, though there were moments when the audio was still a little too loud.
I think that the editing of Stephan’s audio went well because even if I wasn’t able to fix it entirely, it did teach me what I needed to do in the event that some audio needed adjusting. If there were anything that needed to be improved then I would say that it would be Stephan’s audio, from the film, as even with all the editing I did I was unable to make his audio clear. This meant that no matter what I did, you wouldn’t have been able to hear Stephan in the film.
Overall I think that my Audio editing went quite well, even if it didn’t turn out as well as it could have because I was able to learn quite a bit about how to edit audio and what to do if there is audio that needs cleaning up. So overall I think the project was very helpful.
For my Short film audio I had to choose which parts of the audio needed to be changed, removed or added. This meant listening to my film several time over and identifying which parts needed to be changed. Once I had ascertained that something needed changing I had to decide what needed to changed about it. Aside from making changes to the audio I also had to decide what music I wanted to add into the background. This meant surfing Youtube and other sites to find a fitting track.
Short Film Audio Research
For one of our projects we had to take the short film that we made earlier in the year and then editing the audio to the best of our ability, this would include things such as adding a soundtrack to the film in post or messing around with Noise Reduction to make someone’s voice easier or harder to hear depending on what you want to do for your film. You could also add in sound effects or distort voices so that they don’t sound like they usually do.
For the research part of this project we need to look at various different films and see how the audio has been changed in post. This was so that we could get a better of the work that goes into the film industry that we often don’t notice on the big screen.
One common aspect added to almost all films shown in cinema’s is sound effects. These can range from gunshots to animal sounds, cheering to a Wilhelm scream. On TV and movies, a lot of this can go unnoticed by the audience (aside from the Wilhelm scream, everyone notices that) For example, almost all the cheering heard in the popular TV series ‘Robot Wars’ is actually sound effects that have been added in post.
Noise Reduction is a very important part of audio editing, while plenty of equipment is used on set, such as high quality microphones and Booms, to help reduce the amount of background noise, it can still become an issue, luckily thanks to post process audio editing the background noise can be significantly reduced. They do this by finding a section on an audio track that has an undesirable sound on it, this could be a plane or the wind; what they then do is to highlight this segment of noise and find out what frequency it is playing at. Once that is sorted out they then tell the track to remove sounds at the same or similar frequency. This clears up the audio track and makes it easier to hear the person speaking. However, if not done carefully the editor could end up accidentally deleting some of the actors’ dialogue making him or her harder to hear.
Before technology advanced to a significant level, a lot of sound effects were created with objects that someone could find around the house, bangs and crashes were created using dustbin lids and other metallic objects that would produce a good enough sound when hit. While this is still sometimes used today, it has mostly been replaced with more versatile technology. A famous example of this type of audio use was The War of the Worlds broadcast by Orson Welles, which was apparently so convincing that there were people who literally though that an Alien species was invading the planet Earth. It was so bad that he had to apologise on air because too many people had tuned in mid broadcast and had started to panic. It’s a powerful example of how simple sound effects can be very effective.