Sound is where the emotion swells
Based on our relationship with MZed, we have negotiated an exclusive special offer of a discount higher than any other for one week only on the Sound Advice tour – use discount code SATHV20 to save $20 off your enrollment on or prior to midnight EST, Wednesday, April 29, 2015. Read on for my discussion of the importance of sound, with an interview with Frank Serafine. (Starting April 30, use coupon code SATHV15 for a $15 discount.)
I wanted this post to be a very personal one, specifically for all the Illumination Experience tour attendees that inspired me. Some of you made me laugh loud. I even had to fire a few of you. One thing that I am certain of is that everyone who attended witnessed brilliance from my amazing crew. Undoubtedly, it was a memorable and rewarding experience for all of us.
When I embarked on this 26 city tour, I told myself one thing, MAKE A DIFFERENCE. My wife Lydia and I have always been committed to delivering value by listening to all of you, educating, creating, amidst finding our rhythm and flow. If I am going to take four months out of my creative landscape, family time and hubby time, then it has to make a difference to you. I have to touch people. I am hard on myself. If you saw the tour on day one in Irvine and the last day at the end of the tour in Los Angeles, you know that it was completely different. One was not better than the other. I just could not do the show twice in exactly the same way. This is what sets an artist apart from an educator. If I had to do it twice, it would be different.
Our incredible team gelled as a well-oiled machine. I received amazing questions and so many touching thank yous, along with genuine appreciation for my time and effort to travel to all of the cities. Honestly, it was overwhelming at times. A huge thank you goes out to all who attended as well as those of you who purchased the HD downloads because you could not attend. Big hugs!
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– Special techniques for DSLR cinema
– Organize & increase your speed
We have some exciting news. MZed is at it again with delivering the best creative, passionate, worth its weight in gold education out there. They have delivered storytelling, directing, editing, lighting and now Sound Design from Frank Serafine. Based on our relationship with MZed, we have negotiated an exclusive special offer of a discount higher than any other for one week only on the Sound Advice tour – use discount code SATHV20 to save $20 off your enrollment on or prior to midnight EST, Wednesday, April 29, 2015. (Starting April 30, use coupon code SATHV15 for a $15 discount.)
Why Sound Matters
Starting out as a young cinematographer, I was all about the image. I cut my teeth on music videos where sound was the song. However, I did not appreciate sound until I dove into my narrative work. The Rat Pack really opened my eyes to what it means to deliver great sound and to understand how important it is to get great production sound, which will save you money and time.
We were shooting Ray Liotta playing the iconic character Frank Sinatra. He did not sound like him, but he acted like him. As an actor, he ate his emotion, hysteria, and his brilliance up. The first thing I ever shot on this film was in pre-production at the Capitol Records Studio. Ray came in. I lit it very stylistically. When he opened his mouth and Frank’s voice came out, I was swept away.
On Drumline, I had a director who loved sound. Charles Stone and I were constantly doing sound efxs on set. He came up with the sound effect that meant I was too hot in areas of the frame, which sounded like a jet engine in a blender. HA HA! The musicians were awe inspiring on this film. On day four, we shot in the tunnel where the band comes out of at half-time. It was this tiny hallway that had low recessed ceilings, fluorescent overhead lighting, not filmic, but that is not what this moment was about. It was the first time we heard the band at half-time. I thought, “How can I make this cinematic?” Charles came up to me and he said, “You don’t. Just listen.”
So I placed the camera as high as I could at the exit door, where you see all 180 band members trailing away in the distance. Then a rack focus to a drumstick that dissected the frame along with another hand that beat the bejesus out of that stick. The sound that came out of that tunnel was like a shotgun to my heart. WOW! It sounded like nothing I had ever heard before. All my crew had ear plugs in, but not me. I had to experience every single take because it transported you; it moved you.
Color Correction and No Soundtrack
I have sat in the film lab with the color timer with no sound for six films. I have sat in the digital intermediate bay without sound for ten more. For some reason, the process in the past was to focus on the image, not the sound. What a mistake. For the last four movies that I have done, I would not walk into the color correction bay without production sound and a temp sound track. WHY?
SOUND Is Where the EMOTION SWELLS
I have micro focused on things that were not needed because when the sound came in, and you hear that incredible performance, the soundtrack that hits the perfect mood and tone, it transports you to an emotional state that never would have happened without it. Emotion is everything. I built the IE tour on lighting with emotion; the image dies without sound. Period.
Frank Serafine is about to embark on a tour that will teach you the power of SOUND and getting great sound that will set your production apart from the pack. This is not for just sound engineers, composers, mixers and musicians. This is for every filmmaker out there who needs to understand the process, the newest technologies and the art of delivering a track from day one to the finished 46 track soundtrack and how all the pieces and parts can take something pedestrian and give it flare and elegance.
Frank is a master at what he does and breaks it down with style and grace, along with a ton of fun. Because when it is all said and done, if you don’t laugh and have a good time, the educator, mentor and artist have failed. He is so passionate in the way he talks about sound and how he can shape it, mold it like clay. He calls it a sound orchestra, with integrating sound effects, Foley, ADR, score and sometimes having to save your butt in the post process with the newest tools. Sponsors have rolled out the red carpet for Frank because they know what he represents and what he delivers, which is excellence.
From one artist to another, it is so important to understand all the jobs of making your creation. David Fincher, I feel is one of the greatest directors of our time, can do everyone’s job, not because he wants to but because he knows the importance of what each department brings to the look, feel, mood and emotion of a story, commercial, documentary, etc. Fincher knows it is essential to understand it because with understanding and appreciation, you SOAR!
Based on our relationship with MZed, we have negotiated an exclusive special offer of a discount higher than any other for one week only on the Sound Advice tour – use discount code SATHV20 to save $20 off your enrollment on or prior to midnight EST, Wednesday, April 29, 2015. (Starting April 30, use coupon code SATHV15 for a $15 discount.)