SISE Sound: Edited and uploaded to Soundcloud

Finished the editing and create a Soundcloud account just for this.


SISE Sound: Planning

Today starting to plan out what to take for SISE sounds. I have planned for it to be indoor, as it’s easier to shoot without too much noise from the background.

Equipment used will probably be Tascam and shotgun mic. Currently is still deciding between recording my kitchen, room or outside like museums etc.

Will be decided by tomorrow so I will be able to do it fast!

SISE Group Project : Shooting Times

Today we started to shoot at The Lanes.
Zuza in charge of shooting from different angles and then Vikka covers up from other angles.
Hattie does the GoPro shots, while Sinead does the sound recording with Tascam and the shotgun mic.
I help out inbetween while they are playing bowling and also too exterior shots of The Lanes.

We play 2 rounds of bowling and then moved on to playing pool for another different shots using GoPro mostly to show the place has many activities to do. Too bad we don’t get to drink but it’s still too early for that.
Overall, we had a fun time and also shoot many good pictures/sound/videos of the place which we probably edit in tomorrow or friday together by Zuza.











Research : Film Scoring Process by StopWatch Studio

I attended an optional talk on Film Scoring Process, by the director/sound designer of StopWatch Studios, James White. It is a small music production company created 4 guys and is based in Bristol.

They have done projects like creating musical scores for films, TV drama and even games. This studio is known for having special discount on personal custom music scoring for students for half the normal price. Also, it held a competition this year for students or anyone interested in creating short films with prizes of designing original musical score for the winner free of charge!

James White explains of how music makes a scene, it enhances the emotions of the audience, boosting the effect of what they see visually and combining both together for maximum impact. It tells story in ways that sometimes video can’t achieve, allowing small details of the environment/characters to be felt by the audience to make them more real in a sense.

I get to know of a composer’s job in the industry. They are actually completely different from the Sound Team, which normally consist of Foley Artist or Sound Designer etc. Furthermore, composers report directly to either the producer or director, thus working with a team that has a bad relationship between producer and director can make your life hard as each may request to change the scores according to their own individual preference.

Connections is very important as traditionally, which still is now, director/producer hires composers that they know well or have collaborated before.

Composers make the scores for films in most process, instead of the other way round. When composers discuss with the director, they normally request for Picture Locks to know the beats of each scene, so that they will be able to picture the suitable scores for that particular scenes.

James advise us not to use musical language to explain to composers, but employ straight simple words that emphasise the emotions desired for them to work it out.

Overall, I have finally learnt that being a composer is actually a pretty tough job as the conditions can sometimes be very extreme, such as given short time period or low budget to create an acceptable work by director/producer, and though I am interested in doing sounds, I am not really into composer’s life, thank you. XD

Technical Workshop: Tascam Mic

This is another technical workshop where we got to learn to use Tascam and the shotgun mic/boom mic. Tascam is a professional portable sound recorder that is able to record high definition sound that is used in filming, around 24bit 48khz.

We are separated into 3 man groups and I was with Tom and Pete. We test out interviewing the people in canteen to test the sound quality, then experimented with creating all sorts of sounds and noises, like footsteps, chatting and swinging the boom mic.

Had fun time doing and learning to operate the system, which thankfully is not overly complex. This workshop makes me value sounds in media more as I can really feel that sound plays equal role as visual in Films. Just by playing a sound, we can form story or even feel the emotion of the characters, atmosphere or just the pace of the actions.