18th November 2016
- Get the right gear and the right technicians: Budget could be a constraint for you but still you would need the basic equipment that produce good sound and a boom operator cum mixer, a sound recordist who can also take care of dialogue, ADR and Foley editing duties and a re-recording mixer. Try to shoot dual system sound with your DSLR camera and an external digital recorder. You would also need a good quality zoom, lav mic, boom mic, post production software and transmitter/ receiver and other sound syncing and editing software. This is a necessary investment. Image credits: Pixabay
- Scout the possible locations not just for your visual shots but also for your sound: When choosing the locations, don’t just think in terms of the visuals but also think if the sound is good for audio. If the noise ambient level is too high, that can drown your dialogues, other necessary background noise, you might look for other spots. Even for Foley, you may need to scout good locations because every time, your sound library can’t come to your rescue. Also, you need to be aware of the sounds that can be replaced or recreated in the post-production stage. Not all sounds can be created. Loop sessions, for example, can be quite expensive because you have to re-record the dialogues and work with professional studio artists.
- Control the environment: The better you control your environment; the better will be the quality of audio. Try to isolate the audio you are recording from other ambient noises. Syncing the different sound tracks during post-production is also very important. Try to keep your sounds free from distortion. This can be done by controlling the decibel level. For audio-only takes, don’t worry about the visuals because they won’t appear on screen. Mic placements would play a vital role.