You never walk around without a pair of earbuds. When you watch movies, the soundtrack is one of the key things you pay attention to. During animated films, the only thing you can focus on is guessing the voice actors playing each character.
You love sound. You’re fascinated by it; so much so that you think you might want to pursue a career in it. The problem? You don’t exactly know how to pursue sound right now. There aren’t exactly courses for it at your high school, so what steps are you supposed to take? How can you practice right now?
Well, sometimes the best way to prepare for your future is to take small steps every day. You don’t have to take some fancy class or buy some expensive sound equipment to practice right now. A few little things can actually help you in a huge way. Let me show you what I mean.
1. Watch Movies on Mute
If you want to pursue a career in sound, you need to appreciate the effect sound can have on an image or scene. For example, have you seen this video? It’s a little drastic, but I think it proves a point. With ill-fitting sound or music, a movie scene can have an entirely different effect.
When you watch movies on mute, you a have the opportunity to explore your imagination. Instead of having the sound provided for you, you can scan your brain for the perfect accompanying sounds. This is the type of practice you can do weekly, for no cost, and by yourself. It is a great creative exercise that will prepare you for later projects.
Experiment with Foley
So how can you experiment with foley? Make a list fo a few different noises or sounds that you find interesting and try to replicate them. It is as simple as that! If you want a little more direction, pick a scene from a movie that has a good amount of sound effects, and try to pinpoint and create your own version of each sound.
Dive into a Sound Project
If you don’t know where to start, explore these links:
Research the Science of Sound
Expand Your Music Tastes
If you’re ready to start learning a little more about sound, download our Film Career Guide below to see a what careers an education in film could lead to!