Saturday, 20 February 2010

Hope Lights [Audio]

Here is a screenshot of the Pro Tools Session.

I am almost always more moved by the audio design of a film or advert than by the visuals, tho it is a 50/50 relationship. For me good audio just stands out!
Thus on this project i really wanted to spend some time working on getting the audio working. The Musical score came as inspiration from the many projects HECQ [Ben Lukas Boysen] has worked on, and also the Nike+ 'Addicted' Commercial.

I needed to create quite a dark and ominous mood with the darker part of Vanessa's story, so I worked on a strings arrangement that had some weird out-of-tune sounds, to create suspense. I also wanted some impact on the running scenes, so I added the sound of them running [breathing] heavily at home.
There had to be a stark contrast her former life and the life she now lives in Christ, thus the mood of the audio changes when she stands on top of the building. Something that I would be very hard to do but in the end seemed to work well.

SO, 48 tracks! And that's just for the 1st part of the film and that's just the Pro Tools screenshot. I also have Reason tracks that run into Pro Tools. It was a total of about 60 Track. Because most were stereo tracks we are looking at about 100 channels.

The second part of the film [when the titles appear], was a tune that i started writing during the whole process. I wanted something that had energy and a positive mood. I think i'll take this melody and write an actual song to it, pretty soon.

Anyway this track had about 25 tracks in Pro Tools and a few more in Reason. Total of about 35 tracks. Most of them being stereo again. about 60 individual channels.

These are massive amounts of tracks for a little 13" Macbook Pro to handle. It would often just become unusable if I didn't restart the system every 2 hours.

Then I had to do complete different mixes for the Ambient Sound Effects and another mix for the Poem. All this was then added together in Final Cut Pro.

So much to and fro between programs [Pro Tools and After Effects and Final Cut Pro] that I almost lost track as some of the songs/clips were rendered out up to 13 times... Just to give you an idea- a 5 minute clip takes 2 hours to render out [we do it because we LOVE it]

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1 comment:

  1. One thing I find confusing when making a video is whether to start by making the soundtrack or to start by creating the visuals or to just jump back and forth between these a lot of times. Would be great to hear the order of how you jump between all of the different elements (storyline, filming, editing, cc, music, sound a.s.o)...