It’s me again with yet another thread on sound. Recently, a representative of my film school came to ask me if I’d be willing to take on the sound post-production of a VFX heavy project made by some VFX students who couldn’t find a sound guy. I asked if he could show me what exactly he needed and when I saw it I was amazed.
The piece is a 3 minute sci-fi short film with very solid VFX and it had a robot in it!!! I just couldn’t resist myself I thought I’d be a fun challenge to tackle. There was only one problem, when they shot, they didn’t record any production sound so I’d have to do everything from scratch. I thought “there’s no dialog, you can manage” and, since they said that I could work at my own pace, I quickly accepted the project.
I anticipated that designing all the elements required by the project would be a challenge (and so it has proven to be). I think that “creatively”, the ideas I’ve put forward work but the execution keeps letting me down.
So that you can see what I mean here’s a link to the project, I recommend that you take a brief look at it before you continue reading (if you’ve made it this far I love you, by the way).
Link: https://youtu.be/_u9v5gK-2DQ [You’ll see that it’s in a very early stage]
There’re things I like, the hot metal “clanking” (is that a word) when the boy arrives at the crash site, etc. I think it still needs finessing but I know that with a better recording and a bit more time I can get that sounding the way I want it to, however…
The “tractor beam” (or that’s what I’ve called it) that activates to reassemble the pieces again… I like the idea, the sound I’ve used is the sound created by to little magnets that I’ve thrown in the air. As they bounce of one another they create this “wizzing” sound effect that I think makes sense for something like this the idea is that “little magnets” within the robots pieces are activating to reassemble the robot. I need some kind of “electrical motor spinning up” or something for the “robot core” because, since IT is the the place where all the pieces have to go I think it should have a special sound that I can later use to transition into a some sort of “idle” for the robot (if you think the short needs something else or you have any other suggestions, please let me know).
On paper it sounds great but in my Pro Tools session… not so much. I guess I need time to explore a little more and figure out what works and what doesn’t but I’ve been stuck here for weeks and I was wondering what you would do in my position.
I love the challenge and the opportunity to tackle something remotely “Hollywood-like” in Spain chances to tackle projects like this are very rare and plus, this is what I got into film for, to bring robots and spaceships to live! I live and breath sci-fi and this is my chance to “make sci-fi”! But so far I’ve achieved very little and I was fear that, in my eagerness to “make sci-fi” I may have gotten into a project I don’t yet have the skills to complete. I don’t have a deadline, they told me I can take as long as I want but I wonder if I’d be more educational to work under the direction of a more experienced “sound person”.
What are your thoughts?
I’ve done some “futuristic projects” before but nothing on this scale. So that you can get an idea of what I’ve done with “similar projects” in the past, here’s an example of my work which some of you might have seen already.
(I only have this “older version” available since my hard drive broke on my last weekend [I am sorry that you won’t be able to see most of the suggestions you guys made when I first posted this video on the forums incorporated]. BTW do you guys know if you can recover the data from a broken hard drive? (broken meaning it won’t even spin up when I connect it to my computer it’s as power was unable to reach it, not a light, nothing).
PS: BTW, I am overthinking the sounds? Meaning am I doing pointless work by trying to justify the origin of every sound? I think it makes sense to work like this but do you guys think I am taking it a bit too far? (I personally don’t but knowing your opinions would be very interesting),