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How five minutes on-set can save your editor hours of grief later on. Mike and Rajo explain room tone, and the sound recorder’s ...
role in smoothing out the post-production process.
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Room Tone: Anatomy of a Production Disaster What went wrong here that morning during the production of this substream first fiction short dramatic bomb, diffuse all. That question has part an investigation full of better recrimination and hateful accusations but one pair is gaining attraction. Couldn’t be that it wasn’t with someone did that during the production but instead what someone did into. Here on Anatomy of a Production Disaster will recreate the original production and investigate using the original notes, the original scripts and some cool sheets that we found. June 12, 2008, Behind the Scenes “Dramatic Bomb Defusal” Okay, camera was that good for you, okay, sound how is that? Okay let’s get some close up cut away of the leather man and me cutting the wires. Sound you can take five. Yeah, we’re just doing cut away and the leader men in the wire; we don’t need you on the set anymore Sam guy. Please take five that is where all went to shake. Michael: So, in the movie that you worked on dramatic bomb defusal, I couldn’t help but notice that the sound seems completely retarded, why? Igor: Why? What do you mean why? What do you think? Look man I’m the sound editor right? I don’t leave this room except to go home, to McDonalds or maybe to the occasional dream theater concert. I don’t go on set, the sound record as record the sounds they bring that to me. I put it in the machine and then I make the audio for the movie. Do you understand what I’m saying? I work with what I’m given. I’m not a wizard, yet let me show you what I’m talking about. Actual Footage and Soundtrack “Dramatic Bomb Defusal” (2008) Igor See? Complete garbage, no room tone. Big actors slash director you think you so smarty you know his like, “Oh the sound guy can go home as soon as all dialogue recorded”. Damn guy now we haven’t heard of room tone. But what is the room tone exactly and how couldn’t save the movie? Anatomy of the production disaster researchers has discovered that room tone also known as presents or atmosphere is a recording made by a sound recorder of the sound of a silent location. I know that sounds like an acting moron but its not and that’s because every location whether it’s a room, a football field or studio has a certain specific oral signature even when its estimably silent. That’s signature is determined by the locations dimension in its nature and the things inside of it like lamps or actors. That’s why its important that when your sound recorder records room tone he or she does so well the light is still on and the actors is still there. Actors even when they are not seeing anything can still affect the sound of the studio. But what these room tones do? Igor: When your on set, you want to record about a minute of room tone. You know when everyone shuts up and stop moving. This way the editor can put the room tone under all the cut away to smooth that all to edits. Even if the thing on screen is suppose to be silent like wire cutters or a shoe or you know a dead body. All these things are actually silent on screen, they are all making a noise. But you can’t just have the sound track be silent in those instances as in video with no audio. The audience will perceive it as a failure on the sound system rather than you know actual like the room in the movie is really quit kind of silent. You think they can tell? They can tell, really you want your sound editor to put room tone over the entire scene. That way all of the elements no matter what they are sound like they are taking place in the same location no mater what. So, it too often goes in production, a small detail is admitted and some things seemingly in consequential was forgotten. And not later comes back to bite you on your ass meat and bone. How many films is couldn’t been save? If they’ve only recorded room tone, approximately 1000. Thank you for joining as this is been Anatomy of the Production Disaster.