Audio on a film is essential to keep the audience entertained as well as having an immersive experience while watching the film. According to RedDiamondAudio, a film must have a good audio recording and of course, audio products. For aspiring filmmakers and independent movie producers, good audio is one of those vital elements that can make or break a film. Here are some tips that you can do to get that excellent quality audio even with a constraint budget and equipment.
The placement of the microphone is essential to achieving good quality audio. The closer your microphone is to the subject would mean the far better the quality of audio that you can get. Commonly, amateur filmmakers used rode video microphones to capture solid sounds. To greatly improve the sound quality of the video, you can use an extension cable that can be attached to a phone pole with the use of the thread underneath the hot shoe. The most common method of positioning with this equipment is placing the microphone overhead and aiming it towards the subject. In cases where the location is windy, position the microphone under the frame to cut the noise and for best results, you can use a blimp or dead cat. When the time comes to record, reposition your microphone using your arms and shoulders. Find a comfortable position, and use your wrist and elbows in readjusting your grip.
Your priority must be capturing the dialogue. While noises or sound effects can be edited out during post-production, dialogues are important since not being able to capture them during filming can lead to some problems during post-production. If noises are detected such as a moving vehicle, train, or airplane, notify the crew members, and wait it out. It is also important to mark the dialogue using the clapper board or even your hands that will produce a spike in the waveform. This can be used as a pinpoint to sync your good audio with the raw audio from the camera. This tip will help during post-production.
To start, turn off any electrical appliances that produce sounds. If the scene involves a loud action, you can get rid of it by using Foley’s work and some camera tricks. For example, when the subject places a mug on the scene, the camera doesn’t need to shoot the entire mug placed on the table. Rather, focus only on the subject. The mug will be placed on a cloth that produces no sound. Record another sound, but this time with the mug placed on the glass saucer.
Study the sound levels, and set your levels where you can have a loud and clear dialogue then make some room from the top peak line if it gets a little louder. You can record room tone for at least two minutes to aid in preventing unnatural silence and can be used as a fixed solution to cover-up any unnecessary noises.
The sound recorded on the set with the absence of dialogues is called wild takes. These are recorded while the cameras are not rolling. Some of these include clashing of doors, footsteps made by the actor, and so forth. Grab as many as you can on the location.