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Calling all filmmakers! Learn how to make a movie with the filmmaking tips in this Howcast video series.
You Will Need
- Good microphones, including a boom mic and some lavaliers
- Audio editing software
- A professional sound engineer
Learn the most common types of microphones, from wireless to boom, and learn when to use them.
Assign the boom mic
Find the tallest person on your set and assign him to hold the boom mic. Give him a set of headphones and a mixer, if you have one. Tell your boom operator to aim the mic at whoever is talking.
Alert the set
Make sure everyone on your set knows when you’re recording sound. Be sure to have someone yell out rolls and cuts. If someone is making loud noise in the background, go over and ask if they mind stopping until you get your shot.
Monitor sound levels
Using the meters on your camera or mixers, monitor sound levels when you’re recording. Make sure actors are loud enough to be heard, but not so loud that they’re 'in the red.'
Use windscreens on your boom mic where appropriate, specifically when you’re shooting outdoors.
Mix the sound
Once everything is recorded and the film is edited, mix the audio for the movie. This can be done on a mixing console or on a computer with a mixing suite. Use good speakers—and never mix while wearing headphones.
If you’re stuck mixing the sound on your own, first practice changing volumes—make dialogue louder or background sounds softer.
Use music and sound effects
If possible, use music and sound effects in your edit. But be careful—if you’re using someone else’s work, be sure to get the proper licenses.