What is a Sound Designer?

Works on productions across Film, Television, Advertising, Video Games, Theatre, and Radio.

Responsible for creating and delivering the soundtrack in its entirety, from both a creative and technical standpoint.

A wholistic role, requiring collaboration with people across many other disciplines.

 

My specialism: Sound-for-Screen

 
 

How many times have you found yourself thinking about sound when watching a film?

 


Why is Sound Important for Film?


Sound affects what we see. It manipulates your other senses. A creates a different context for the image to sit within.


It is intangible. It completely surrounds us, whether we want it to or not. You can turn away from an ugly painting, but you’ll have to leave the building to get away from a bad song.


Sound affects our mood, behaviour, thoughts and feelings, but it does so invisibly. A poor image can be understood, but bad sound is hard to pinpoint so it pulls you out of the film.


We can memorise sound patterns (music) more easily than images, and memories are triggered more vividly through sound than image.

 

Workshop: Stories in Sound

Watch the same short video clip three times. The soundtrack will change with each viewing, but the visuals will remain the same.

1st viewing – Silent.

2nd viewing – Soundtrack A.

3rd viewing – Soundtrack B.

Think About:

What’s happening in the film? What’s the narrative?

What’s the mood? How does it make you feel?

 

Learning Outcomes:

Gain an understanding of how sound affects image, and can manipulate what we see.

Learn how sound and image work in unison to tell a story, present information, and drive emotion.

Become aware of sound’s role as a creative tool in filmmaking.

 

Clip 1 (Silent)

What’s happening in the film? What’s the narrative?

What’s the mood? How does it make you feel?

 

Clip 2 (Soundtrack A)

What’s happening in the film? What’s the narrative?

What’s the mood? How does it make you feel?

 

Clip 3 (Soundtrack B)

What’s happening in the film? What’s the narrative?

What’s the mood? How does it make you feel?

 

Clip 4 (soundtrack C) YOU DO IT!