Week 6: The production of Audio

This week was mainly based upon the production of audio and what we would need to think about the pre-production, production, and post-production this was a really interesting week so then we can go through the various pieces of paperwork you will have to go through before even the project can start production, as I’m sure there are more pieces however these are the ones we learnt about.

Pre-production –

Pre-production within audio is about looking and planning out locations, comprehend crew/departments, types of equipment needed and you use comprehend this.


Storyboard:  this helps the Sound department understand and plan where the mics will be placed so then they won’t be in the way of the shot, or to be able to control the sound.

Health & safety: This is based on using things like risk assessments to make sure everything is prepared with a solution if something goes wrong or someone gets injured on set.

(Risk Assessment part A, 2017)

Location recce: It’s a form you have to fill out within every location you want to film at such as the height of the ceiling to see if the equipment will be able to fit in there or whether it could affect the recording from the height of the ceiling as this could cause it to be echoing etc.

(Anon, 2015)

Schedule: A schedule is so than the cast and crew know where they need to be at what time and what shot or scene is going to be in production when.


(Film production shooting schedule template PDF Download, 2016)

Contact list: Projects use this so then they can contact the crew or cast members as well as knowing where they are if late.

(Solemsaas, 2015)


This is the filming or recording of this process where everything is put together and come to life before editing and completing it.

Post production:

The final process which is pre-production the place where the editing commences whether that is through sound mixing, adding sound effects or creating them there’s a lot of post production than people really think.

How the sound department works:

(Sound Design Tutorial For Film: Audio & Pre-Production, 2013)



Boom Operator: First of all, you have the people who will be on set so Boom operators and mixer and then it moves onto post production

Sound Mixer: A sound Mixer is where it collects all of the sounds that have been recording or whilst recording them in production.

 Supervising sound editor: So the supervising sound editor is the main person that controls the other job roles within the department:

Dialogue editor: This job role edits the vocals/dialog of the cast or interviewees.

ADR editor: Automated Dialogue replacement, this if any sounds or dialogue wasn’t picked up when recording so the cast will have to come in and re-record that specific part of what wasn’t picked up

Backgrounds editor: This is the recording of the ambients or atmosphere of that location as there are so many layers within creating the soundtrack.

Sound effects editor: Editing and finding sounds from the sound library.

Foley Artist: Creates the sounds of movement such as the sound of clothing, usually cutting up something to cook with all of these sound usually created by these people through vari: This is syncing the music of the soundtrack to the film, and adding in all of the layers.

Final process:

Re-recording mixer: This is the person that creates the final version of the soundtrack by adding in the recorded or re-recorded dialogue, sound effects, and music together.

If there’s any errors the sound editing department job is to either mask it or spend money to cover the bad sounds.

The sound should be everyone’s concern as the costumes have to be designed to cover up, for example, a lapel mic or the camera in getting the right shot but it will have to work around the positioning of the mic if it’s a shotgun mic used.

Things to think about when working with sound in a production:

  1. Turn off all electrical devices.
  2. Windows and doors are closer.
  3. Scout for quite times.
  4. No talking.
  5. Let the boom and mixer in rehearsals.
  6. Test recording.
  7. Capture wild lines.
  8. The crew needs to minimize movement and impacts.
  9. Sound recordings should pay attention to noise in the background.
  10. To leave time to record the room tone, ambient.

The Rejection:

As this week was based on understanding the production of Audio, we were given a little project to produce and radio play based on a marriage proposal in a restaurant in which we can interpret in different ways through changing the storyline and that’s what we had done.

Before starting the project we watched and example of a radio play so then we could get an understanding of what we were about to create.

BBC 4 The Archers: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08bzj5q

(The Archers, 2017)

Pre-production  –

However, first of all, we went through creating the script and then filling out the paperwork that is usually needed as suggested such as schedule, assessment and looks around location and analyzes them to see if they are good enough for the mic to record the dialog and ambients of a restaurant setting in.

Paperwork: The Rejection

Production –

During this process what we had done was go to our two locations which were the canteen and radio room to record our different types of audio (dialogue and sound effects) at first we were thinking through what sounds we would need from the sound library and what ones we would need to create ourselves, such as cutlery we ended up using the canteens plastic cutlery and the sound of a glass with a milk jug as these will both work as they still sounded like a restaurant kind of feel.

Post production:

I used Avid media composer for this I have begun adding in the ambients and a few of the sound effects to first of all experiment with the different volumes each sound needs to be as it is in the background not the foreground of the play.Then I added in the forground of dialog, which we used a shotgun to record all of the various sounds that have been included in the final product, with also using a sound library too.

The edit went really well overall although it was a slow process combining it all together, however, the dialog and the sound effect created the picture in my mind whilst played.

The final product:

Social Media report:

This is a report which is me analyzing what I had done wrong throughout promoting my work that i have done within college.



8 posts 34 followers 115 following

Most recent post is showreel

2 weeks ago:

8 views : 9 likes


Here is my latest showreel I have put together that I had created throughout last year
#filmstudent #filmmaking #love #fillmphotography#filmphotography #showreel #media #mediastudent #film

What I need to improve:

I believe that I need to improve a lot with posting more onto my Instagram as I haven’t got many followers through not posting a lot onto my account. I also have used twitter more than i have on instagram too which hasnt helped at all, so i will need to post more and make sure i have got more responses.


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Tweeted: @ steve booker

1 march Loved you latest video street diaries, cant wait for the next 🙂


4 likes (one of them steve booker)

1 march

Loved the master class at the future film festival and meeting



Anon, (2015). Available at: https://www.slideshare.net/ctkmedia/9location-recce-template [Accessed 23 Feb. 2017].

Film production shooting schedule template PDF Download. (2015).  Available at: https://www.template.net/business/schedule-templates/shooting-schedule-template/ [Accessed 22 Feb. 2017].

Risk Assesment part A. (2017).  Available at: https://a208spencerh.wordpress.com/tag/risk-assessment/ [Accessed 22 Feb. 2017].

Solemsaas, E. (2015). Contact List. Available at: http://www.erinsolemsaas.com/other-paperwork.html [Accessed 23 Feb. 2017].

Sound Design Tutorial For Film: Audio & Pre-Production. (2013).  Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWN3RJGUetk [Accessed 22 Feb. 2017].

The Archers. (2017). The Archers. Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08bzj5q [Accessed 22 Feb. 2017].


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