A very interesting week of post production learning how to create foley sounds and ADR. A seven and half hours of recording in the C24 did not feel like we spent that much time as the time flew too quick. I did not realise that a two and a half movie clip can take heaps of time to just create dialogue and foley sounds. Sound design really requires a lot of planning, creativity and management.

As a team Roy, Alice and I decided to book the C24 the following day which was a Thursday from 10am to about 4pm to work on our Black hole short film project. . Having been given the green light from our project pitch we then went on to decide the kind of material or objects to use for our foley recording. Not much dialogue involved in the film but there human elements which we had to take into consideration such as breathing, giggles huffs and punts. The choice of microphones chosen were Rode shotgun microphone and the NT2A, one for close recording and the other distant. I would have prefered the Sennheiser MKH416 as it has a flat bass response and the Rode is a bit bassy . As for the NT2A I did not have much thought of it but next time I will test it together with maybe an AKG C414 and do a comparison. The Rode shotgun was the close proximity recording mic and the Rode NT2A was the distant. Having a distant mic helped us to get the ambience of the room which then we would have a choice of blending in our mix session. We also allocated each other roles to play for a smooth process. My task was working within the booth creating the sounds, mic technician and Director too, Roy played the director role and the Alice played the recording engineer role. Roy and Alex also had the flexibility of exchanging roles and also played the booth role. Signal flow for the C24 is absolutely different from the other studios. The one thing I found interesting was how to turn off and on phantom power. Also the interaction of the desk and DAW was really fascinating as the desk replicates exactly what you do on the DAW. It would be interesting doing a mix with it especially adding automation.

An interesting and challenging process it is with all honesty. A good recording makes the work easy. That is a statement I have heard from a couple of lecturers saying and we did our best in implementing that in our session. We made sure our gain structure was good enough without clipping. Creativity was definitely was important, our workflow was efficient as we had used markers for each frame and naming all elements that needed to be recorded. This helped to move step by step and to think steps forward too. I made use a good practise to be able to be on time so that the motion and sound created have a relation. We recorded sounds from door handles, network machine fans, electric door you name them. Probably 40 differents sounds and made sure that they were named well. I do look forward to the mixing stage as for sure we will time stretch some sounds to create weird alien kind sound for the black hole. We took time to save the whole session to our external hard drives and our group student drive folder. It is a good practise to backup files to avoid losing everything.

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Black Hole Project 8/10/19

The session was pretty much work in progress getting feedback from Rose and Nick. Studios were allocated to the class and we managed to get the Neve studio in which we had recorded bass guitar a few hours before for our side project.

We are working on our way to work as a team and so far it is not bad just a few communication skills which need to improve a bit. We try our best to communicate as much as possible even if we do not get much response from some of our colleagues. Roy and I spent time listening to the foley recording for our project, editing and adding fades on the tracks. Nick came in and spent time having a look and listen to our project and he was impressed with progress made. Nick suggest that we find ways of creating the alien/atmospheric sound that will match the hand going into the black hole. A bit of research will help us to find ways of creating that particular sound and I am looking forward to that.

Rose also came in to have a chat and checking the progress with our project. She gave us very meaningful feedback and had a bit of a laugh on some of the sounds we created on the light switch. Rose also asked if we had questions pertaining to the project, side project and blogs, I wanted clarity on how to do a blog on genre analysis for some of my favorite music Jazz. It was good feedback and helped me understand more.

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