Behind the Sound Design – Stuart Russell

Meet audio producer & poet Stuart Russell – the second in a mini-series of posts, dedicated to the audio producers & artists whose work will be showcased at Solo Arts’ Audio Cinema night, Tuesday 2nd May 2018.

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Make Your Gunshots Sound Better

TFLAward-winning filmmaker duo The Film Look are masters of simple tricks to inject life to your filmmaking.

In their latest video production tutorial, they bring you a simple technique to make your gunshot sound effects feel more realistic, using just your video editor.  No need for any special sound effects software.

If you’re a filmmaker, and interested in expanding your film production skills, I’d recommend you check out the The Film Look:  Two filmmakers, Rob & Rich, try to tackle what it takes to make a movie.  A YouTube show dedicated to teach indie filmmaking techniques; from script to screen.

99% Extra – Mike Pinchin, Video-Game Designer

12606959_10153928402063552_264623515_nA few times a semester (fancy talk for “a third of a year”), our radio classes at the University of Sunderland feature guest lecturers, usually people who are active in the creative industries.  Our last:  Mike Duddy, who recently shared a boom-handling session with our students.

But last week’s session excited me a lot.  And I mean a lot.

Mike Pinchin designs video games.  I remember a lecture with him back when I was a student, from 2010.  He’d recreated the university campus, and had Daleks patrolling the media building.  Since then, he’s been making money from releasing his own games on mobile platforms.  He designs the characters, the aesthetics, the sound…  And he joined our class to show us just how important sound is to enhance the immersive experience.  “There are people doing all kinds of awesome sound design in video games – whether they’re actual video games or interactive experiences.”

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