In this unit the students will learn about the importance and development of sound design for animation. The following lessons they will provide an understanding of the historical aspects and elements of sound design, discover how sound is applied and created for various types of animated films, and the students will develop their own soundtrack for an animatic/story reel.
The student-designed soundtracks will be viewed and critiqued by their peers.The student-led critique will look for sound continuity and how it relates to the story reel/animatic. They will recognize how each others tracks enhances their individual pieces and discuss their individual design process.
Related careers with this unit:
Storyboards and storyreel artists translate screenplays, or sequences from screenplays, into a series of illustrations in comic book form. These illustrations have two functions: to help directors clarify exactly what they want to achieve, and to illustrate to all other heads of department exactly what is required, e.g., prosthetics for makeup, computer generated Images (CGI) for visual effects, props for the art department, etc.
Sound Designers are responsible for providing any required sounds to accompany screen action. They work closely with the production mixer, sound supervisor, the editor, and the director to create original sound elements. They may work with the director to create the entire soundtrack, or be hired just to create one kind of effect.
The Sound Editor creates the soundtrack by cutting and synchronizing to the picture, sound elements, such as production wild tracks, dialogue tracks, library material and foley in analog or digital form and presents these to the re-recording mixer for final sound balance. Depending on the complexity and the tightness of the schedule it may be necessary to employ a dialogue editor and/or foley editor. They work closely with the sound designer, re-recording mixer and the director to establish what sound effects are required throughout the production and to ensure that these effects are available from sound effect libraries, or can be created to production requirements within tight time schedules.
The Video Editor assembles materials such as graphics, photography, dialogue, raw camera footage, sound effects and other special effects into a finished product with quality, length or production acceptable for broadcasting. Video editors are usually hired on a per-project basis by private companies, television, advertising firms and post-production studios.