Creative Elements – Typography and Sound – Split World

Sadly for this project I never really got to experiment with sound as we left that to Matthew since it was his thing. Although personally I think we should have worked on it as group but hey! It’s done now and I think Matthew done really well with the sound for our animation we made for the project. – Matthew’s Song 

Inspiration for the song – 

Although I never got to experiment with the sound for the project I did do some research into sound in animations. – Animation Sound Design: Ben Burtt creates the sounds for Wall-e

Some notes from the documentary

– Thing that is unique about Sound Design in animation is the fact that you get nothing for free. You don’t get on a set and hear the way the environment sounds naturally (Andrew Stanton)

– The sounds have to mean something (Since this is about Wall-E it is quite true because there isn’t much dialogue in the film and Wall-E doesn’t talk us as the Audience need to understand what’s going on when it’s just Wall-e in the scene) have to be careful and not choose sounds that could mean something when they don’t need to 

-When choosing sound you also need to know where to put them and if they’re needed for that scene

-Most important thing as a sound designer, is to choose the right sound for the right moment in the film. 

-Ben Burtt, academy award winning sound designer. His first work was on Star Wars, considered to be the father of modern sound design. 

– Burtt shows how a slinky can make a “pew” noise. I found this kind of cool because I didn’t expect something like a slinky to make that kind of noise. This noise was used for Eva’s laser gun.

– Disney, Jimmy MacDonald built hundreds of props to use for sounds in films. (British Born Voice actor and was head of the Sound Effects department in Disney , He also voice Mickey Mouse when Walt wasn’t able to any more)

-Showed footage of the sound effects being created for “The Reluctant Dragon 1941”

– Disney’s style of sounds was to use music sounds for actions

– The equipment back in the earlier days of animation at Disney, they had to create the effects of things such as trains themselves because they couldn’t take the recording equipment outside and record the sounds.

– They show more clips from films such as Alice in Wonderland and Dumbo along side footage of MacDonald creating the noise with his gadgets creating the noise. I found this to be really interesting because the noises are made with some really simple things such as canvas being scraped against wood to create wind. 

-When working on Wall-e they critiqued the sound for the rough storyboards like it was in post – production

-Burtt, when creating sounds he tends to think about the science side to it and tries to think about what they would actually sound like if they existed. But if he finds a sound that isn’t “science-y” he will let that go because it fits with the character or noise he wants.  – Part 1 – Part 2

I also found a book through Google books called Designing Sound for Animation (Robin Beauchamp, 2005). The books explains to how make sound for your animation as it goes into detail about everything you need to do. Not only does it talk about music it includes voicing acting as well. The author intends for the book to be used for self study so if i get the chance someday I will have a read at it and get to know more about making sound. – The guy on Youtube shows you how to make music for Animation in Adobe Audition – video on how to use Garage Band


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