To Be Or Not To be - Sound Design For Feature Films



Hey Kids,

Just a quick blurb about the attitude about changing things for the sake of it in films and Media projects. I guess in this world of gear,software and forever improving cpu’s there’s a growing trend of …(sounds fine but…let’s copy track and a/b it later).
While this is for sure a greater choice for your final result, is it dulling the initial vibe?
There's a lot than can be said about the energy of the initial idea, the vibe and feeling from that original session of creation - how many times have you thought " great vocal take but i think i can do it again" and then not being able to capture that same vibe or emotion in the take. Its the same when doing sound design and scores ... nothing different at all . Most of the time i find that your original feeling was %100 correct and if you let yourself go and be in the moment then it would sound fantastic.


Ive done hundreds of mixes where ive finished a job - saved it out as a back up ( in case if mess it up ) gone back and pulled all the faders down to start the mix from scratch only to not be able to capture the energy and clarity of my original mix - only then to end up using the very fist mix !!!!

Trust yourself !! trust your heart and talents.

It’s really important I believe to think about why the part was created / saying, then spend a little more time getting it right there and then.

Including ie: different setups , gear selection etc…

Having said all this, working in ProTools(TDM) over so many years I guess you get used to it. Still it’s blast when something comes together the way it was originally conceived. We worked on a Movie que recently which as soon as the pianist hit the first note ……wow!!! All heads turned to each other with grins that would make the Cheshire Cat jealous.

Remember, do you get excited about the moment?….that is the question.

Clint N Craig