Greetings, Naylor blog-ites.
I spent the past weekend at a cottage, making the teaser trailer for Abyss Crew.
The goal for the weekend was the following:
- Film the videos for the trailer—I was lending my awesome acting skills for this;
- Sync up the video and audio recordings;
- Do the montage for the trailer;
- Record and edit the sounds for the trailer;
- Put the created audio in sync with the different sections of the trailer.
Prior to going to the cottage—we went from Friday afternoon to Monday morning—, we planned two long hikes: one on Saturday and one on Sunday. Turns out we only hiked on Saturday. It was a 4-5 hour hike, up Mont-Orford. We decided to skip on the Sunday hike; we had much more work to do than initially planned.
Damien, Pol, Fanny, and myself, in our ‘office’ – The Famous Abyss Crew Team
With regards to the trailer, here is what we did:
- Friday late afternoon and evening: discussion about the script, the plans for the weekend, and the video recordings to be done.
- Saturday: setup of the recording area, and recording of the video and audio for the trailer.
- Sunday: recording of all the audio in the cottage to be used as sound effects—my favorite discovery of the weekend, hence the title of this post—, montage of the video, editing of the audio recordings, and adding the initial audio effects to the trailer.
- Monday morning: syncing up the sound effects with the trailer, tweaking of final details and bugs, and final export of the video.
It was a weekend packed with learning, physical activity, laughs, long discussions, debates, early rises and late crashes, board games, and cooking. I’d do it again anytime!
What about the recording of the sound effects? This is a long prelude to your main topic.
Impatient, as always. I’m getting there.
We recorded sounds in several areas of the house. Damien (black shirted stud in the picture) and Fanny (in the picture above) experimented for an hour or two, with pots, woks, water, knives, glasses, and anything you can think of.
Once they had finished, we all gathered in the bathroom for the recording session. We recorded water splashing in pots and pans, water falling gently and constantly into a pan filled with water, screeching of pan covers on the bath tub surface, hits and bangs on surfaces dulled with towels, and more.
After, we recorded the fridge hum, glasses hitting glasses, knuckle-flicks on the old-school television screen, knife hits, and more and more, and some more.
I have always wanted to live the experience of recording sound effects, and this was my first experience of this. I lavished in it, and hearing the final teaser trailer was thrilling, sending goose-flesh down my arms. I also managed to learn a good deal about Adobe Premiere, seeing as I was put in charge of doing the montage.
When the trailer is ready, I will write a short post sharing it.
Have you ever done sound effect recording? If so, what was the most innovative sound you recorded? If not, what would be the most innovative sound you would want to record?