Part of Unit: Audio for Film and Video
Lesson Plan Overview / Details
INTRODUCTION TO SOUND FOR FILM AND VIDEO
This lesson will teach the students the various audio elements within film. Students will watch videos, see examples of Foley, and discuss the various categories of sound. Using either free web-based sound files, recording them live, or using audio files from within a specific software program – students will add audio files to a (silent) video clip to create a finished edit with sound.
- Approximate time for activities:
- 4 Hours
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California Academic Content Standards (Reinforced)
Objectives and Goals
Students will learn the basic categories of sound for film and video as well as the related terminology. The student will then have the opportunity to be Foley Artists, by creating a soundtrack for a (silent) clip provided by the teacher.
Activities in this Lesson
- The Hook - Hooks / Set
Teacher asks the students the following question,
"What sound does a laser blast, or laser gun make?"
(teacher waits for the students to stop making creative laser sounds)
The teacher then says, "Lasers are actually silent... light has no sound, yet we all think of lasers as having sound. Why do you think we all have a sound in our heads for lasers?"
Answer: Because of movies, and specifically, FOLEY ARTISTS.
(teacher then plays the video, "Laser Blast Foley")
- Lecture / View videos / Discussion - Lecture
After viewing the video "Laser Blast Foley", the teacher explains that the video demonstrated the process called Foley Art. The man in the video used a Slinky to create Foley to used as laser blasts and explosions.
The definition of Foley:
Foley – is the reproduction of everyday sounds for use in filmmaking. These reproduced sounds can be anything from the swishing of clothing and footsteps to squeaky doors and breaking glass. The best Foley art is so well integrated into a film that it goes unnoticed by the audience It helps to create a sense of reality within a scene. Without these crucial background noises, movies feel unnaturally quiet and uncomfortable.
Foley artists look to recreate the realistic ambient sounds that the film portrays. The props and sets of a film do not react the same way acoustically as their real life counterparts. Foley sounds are used to enhance the auditory experience of the movie. Foley can also be used to cover up unwanted sounds captured on the set of a movie during filming that might take away from the scene at hand, such as overflying airplanes or passing traffic.
(NEXT- Play 2 videos, "Foley Sound" and "The Sound of Avatar."
Teacher hands-out, or posts the pdf document, " SOUND FOR FILM TERMS"
Through guided instruction, and class discussion, ask the students to get into pairs, and find examples of the terms in the handout that they heard in one of the three videos viewed for this lesson. Ask each pair to site three examples from the handout, and share with the class.
EXAMPLE : The foley Artist for AVATAR created his own AMBIENCE for the forest world of Pandora.
Relating the handout to the videos helps the students make connections and see examples of the terms. This also allows the teacher opportunities for Formative assessment through observation and participation in class/group discussions.
The teacher plays each of the four audio file examples provided - one at a time, and asks the students to identify what kind of sound it is.
- Group Foley Project Assignment - Projects
Objective: Students will create Foley sounds to enhance the video clip provided. The teacher will provide student groups with a silent video. Each student group will create a soundtrack for the video using a variety of tools and strategies.
Step 1: The teacher will play the video, “Metropolis_silent”
Then the teacher places the students into groups of 3-4. The teacher explains the purpose of the project assignment is to create the sounds, to become Foley Artists, and audio editors/mixers to produce a soundtrack for the silent video.
The teacher then plays the video, "Metropolis Video With Foley Example" – this is a student example of the completed project.
Step 2: The Project
*Depending on the software and equipment available to the teacher and students, this assignment can be done many ways.
• One way is to have the students go out and physically record real sounds with audio recording equipment or video cameras, and then edit those sounds into the video clip.
• Another possibility, is to use a software like GarageBand, or Soundbooth, or Soundtrack Pro to search, and save Foley sounds, and other various sound effects.
• There are several Internet sites with free audio files as well:
The students are to edit the audio files created for the Foley Assignment into the silent video and create their own story and soundtrack as a result.
- Assessment Types:
- Rubrics, Projects, Demonstrations, Observations,
Formative assessment throughout the lesson with observation, and participation.
Foley Assignment Rubric example provided.
Teacher may adjust Rubric to accommodate specific equipment and or software.
- Foley Assignment Group RUBRIC [ Download ]