Our top tips
1. Don't shoot anywhere with lots of natural noise if you plan to have actors speaking. Your microphone will only pick-up background noise. More 2. If you can, use a separate microphone. More 3. Make your own soundtrack. Some mobile phones let you create your own music or record sounds. Some computers have built-in sound effects and recorders. More 4. Add sound effects while editing your film. You can download free sounds on the internet. More 5. Remember copyright! You can't use songs or music that don't belong to you (and it's against One-Minute Movies rules). More
||David Lynch - director
"When you see your picture you start building sounds that amplify a mood that has already started, and then when all the elements are together the thing jumps and it becomes kind of magical".
Sound can play a big part in your film. But if it's just too complicated for you, make a silent film!
Your top tips
If you want a better sound for your mics but you don't have the money to go out and buy a top of the line expensive mic, go out and buy a microphone pre-amp. Some can even be placed on a belt and greatly improve the quality of your sound.
Re-record most spoken lines, listen to the orginal recording then mimic it. If you then remove all sounds and replace them with the new recordings, you won't get bad feedback, and other unwanted noises.
Don't expect a mini-cam mic to sound like the movies.. the dialogue on most big movies is dubbed later, or they use sophisticated (off camera) pickup mics. Suggestion - get your actors to ACT! Sound quality will not interfere if your action is good enough!
The microphone on my camera was rubbish and I can't afford a separate one. I'm going to make a silent movie instead. Karen, Glasgow
Mute the natural soundtrack in editing and create your own. It comes out ten times better (especially when there are planes flying over all the time!). Ray, Gatwick