We learn the most about long-term projects during the pre-production process. From location scouts to gear prep, planning is a major key to success.
Our work as the film or TV project's sound department is essential to the finished product. To realize the director's vision, we must produce, record, and edit all of the sound effects and music. During pre-production, we pay close attention to the finer details of the audio recording and set management.
Our preparation for production begins with a close reading of the script in order to grasp the director's vision. We can then begin to plan the sound design based on our foresight into the audio needs of each scene. Our audio plans are developed in close collaboration with the director and other members of the creative team.
After that, we perform frequency scans of the areas where the recordings will take place. By doing so, we can anticipate and prepare for any audio problems, such as interference or background noise, that may arise during the recording process. We also scout potential recording locations to get a feel for the atmosphere and determine the optimal set of recording tools and methods for each spot.
It is our job to oversee the audio recording process on set as the production sound mixer and sound supervisor. We make sure the actors have microphones and that everything related to sound is ready to go before the show begins. When we're recording, we keep an eye on the volume and quality of the sound and make any necessary adjustments so that we get great results.
Though we don't offer post-production services directly, understanding that part of the process is essential to a smooth production. We want to all the post audio team to refine the sound of the project by editing, mixing, and mastering the various audio components. They will use a variety of sound effects to improve the quality of the audio and give the listener a more realistic and engaging experience. Automated dialogue replacement (ADR) may be used to either fix or replace problematic lines of dialogue recorded during the production process, but our goal is to give you completely clean tracks to work with to limit your post audio needs.
Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the sound department to realize the director's vision in an audiovisual medium. We strive to improve the overall quality of the product by providing the listener with an immersive and engaging audio experience through meticulous planning, monitoring, and editing.