By: Nazia Adnin
How is Foley effects done?
Generally, the boom operators record dialogue and dialogue only excluding everything else. Later on, during post production the Foley artists sync the sounds with the pictures. They perform the sound effects while watching the scene for timing. They actually create the ambience sounds shown in a film, video, Television shows or any other media. Excluding the ambience sounds during filming and then including them during post gives film makers control over the timing, quality, and relative volume of the sound effects. It enhances the audiences’ experiences of watching a film on big screen.
However, the use of digitally stored music is increasing rapidly. The process is being done without the Foley artists and performed by the post production sound engineer on a keyboard while watching the visual. Poorly done this type of sounds bland and are repetitive but it is much cheaper than renting a stage and hiring a Foley artist. But a lot of independent film makers do their own Foley sound replacements or take help from friends than using the digital music. Indie film makers are breaking the taboos and proving that Foley sounds are not for major studios only.
How to use Foley sounds in independent film?
As I said already Foley is not only for major studios. If you are an independent filmmaker, you can easily record basic sound effects such as footsteps, clothes rustling, and prop handling as these are within the reach of low-budget movies. Even if you have to perform the role of Foley artist or take help from friends with sound equipments, still try adding own Foley sounds in the film. It will add aesthetic values to your film that will set it apart from others.
This video will help you guys to understand what Foley is and how it gets done.
By: Nazia Adnin
Lighting plays an important role in order to achieve the “look” of a film. Lights help to set the mood of a cinema. Terms of lighting are basically the commands of a director how and where he or she wants the light to be placed. These terms are frequently used on movie sets to make the communication easier.
By: Lindi Mugwara
What is editing?
Editing is the compilation of different shots into a coherent sequence. It is the last process in the construction of the film, can be referred to as Post Production. Editing is like constructing a puzzle, you have all the pieces and the editor’s job is to piece it together. But, it’s not as simple as just piecing the shots together. The editor’s job more importantly is to dictate the pacing of the film, which is dependent on the tone and theme of the film. For example, an intense action packed film with explosions and intricate fight scenes will require fast cuts to evoke a heighten suspense. A romantic drama will normally be slower paced and will require fewer cuts.
CUTS & TRANSTIONS
MATCH CUT cuts from one shot to a similar shot in matching the composition or action. Mainly used as scene transitions. Match cut can also be conveyed aurally.
L CUT is an audio-based transition. The audio from the current shot crosses over into the next shot.
J CUT is when you hear the audio of the next shot before it appears on screen. You hear what is going on before you see it.
SMASH CUT is an abrupt transition, going from something intense to quiet or visa versa.