Film Sound Design – Ambient Sound, Library Sound & Foley

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  • Convey knowledge of audio recording signal chain, ambient sound, Foley sound, and library sound effects terms and concepts and use this knowledge to build sound design for a short film clip


  • Create a blog post with embedded media from SoundCloud, YouTube, and Flickr of sound effects work.

Audio Signal Chain Terms

Foley and Sound Effects Terms



  • Day 1 – Create Blog Post, Add Section Headings, and Define Terms
  • Day 2 – Re-watch  The Basics of Recording Audio for Digital Video
  • Day 3 – Re-watch Introduction to Foley and Sound Effects for Film
  • Day 4 – Introduction to Equipment and Audio Recording and Editing Workflow
    • Equipment and Processes Reviewed
      • Microphones
      • Microphone placement
      • Cables
      • Recorder Settings
      • Downloading to computer from audio deck
      • GarageBand Editing
    • Form teams of three for a Sound Safari
      • Review team roles
    • Get Sound Safari Team Roles Form (PDF)
      • Fill it in
    • Get an Zoom H4n Audio Deck Recorder
    • Watch Mr. Le Duc explain how to use the Zoom H4n Audio Decks
    • GetZoom H4n Audio Deck Settings Form (PDF)
      • Fill it in
    • Clear the files on the deck SD Cards
    • Work in your team to record at least some sounds from the environment
    • Download the sounds with a USB cable
    • Check to make sure you actually saved the files
    • Save files to the 1st Le Duc School of Rock folder on the Newton server
  • Day 5 – Plan and Research Sounds for the Film Clip
    • Watch the Studio Ghibli Movie The Wind Rises Movie CLIP – Earthquake (2014) without sounds numerous times and write down all the sounds you think you will need to help the story flow
      • It was directed by Hayao Miyazaki
      • He liked using human voices for many of the sound effects
    • Remember that when you see something new there should be a sound or sounds to accompany the visual change
      • Include at least 20 sounds in your list
    • Research how to make these sounds
  • Day 6 – Record at least 20 Sounds on a Sound Safari and Edit into One Mp3 File
    • Goal for the Sound Safari:
      • Replace the sound for the Studio Ghibli Movie The Wind Rises Movie CLIP – Earthquake (2014)
    • Record at least 20 sounds to use as sound effects
    • Edit the sounds into one mp3 in GarageBand
      • Edit the files so that they play one after the other quickly, about one second apart
    • Upload the mp3 file to Soundcloud and embed in the blog post under the Sound Library heading
      • Embed a screenshot from Flickr of the edit screen in GarageBand
      • List the sounds in order that we hear them in the mp3 file
  • Day 7-10 – Begin Working on Foley for The Class Film Clip
    • Watch video tutorial Sound FX in GarageBand 10
    • Replace the sound for The Wind Rises Movie CLIP – Earthquake (2014) from Studio Ghibli Movie
      • Take The Wind Rises Earthquake Scene – Without Sound and add your sound design to it
        • Make sure you are signed into your OSD YouTube account to access the file,
      • Record ambient sound
      • Record Foley effects for the sound design
        • Take a picture of your team doing the Foley process
        • Place this picture under the Foley Process heading
      • Export the finish video clip with both the sound effects your recorded in teams and the Foley you added, too
      • Remember to FILE > MOVIE > EXPORT AUDIO TO MOVIE
      • Export Audio to Movie
  • 2nd to Last Day
    • Under the Film Before Sound Effects heading
      • Embed a YouTube video with original sound
      • Write a sentence or two describing what we see and hear
    • Under the Film After Sound Effects heading
      • Upload and embed from YouTube the video with the sound design
      • Upload and embed from Flickr a screenshot of the audio tracks in GarageBand
      • Write a small paragraph explaining what we see and hear
    • Under the Foley Process heading
      • Upload and embed from Flickr a picture of you capturing Foley sound
      • Write a a small paragraph explaining what we see
    • Under the What I Learned and Problems I Solved heading
      • Explain what you learned and at least one problem you overcame
      • Include a link to a tutorial you used and
      • Describe how you used it
  • Last Day
    • Present your sound design for the clip
    • Watch ROADTRIP NATION Challenge the Status Quo
      • Skywalker Ranch, where Star Wars sound designer Ben Burtt recounts driving cross-country to California twice before his dreams of being a sound designer beat back his fear of change; plus Pixar animator Ralph Eggleston on getting beyond the world you inhabit and going deeper into what interests you, and Janice Levenhagen-Seeley of ChickTech on challenging the status quo.


  • GarageBand
  • Soundcloud
  • YouTube
  • Flickr


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