I’ve always struggled to find good free sounds for films. I don’t use a whole lot and the ones I do use are often random or abstract. I collect them from a variety of sources and they often have different qualities.
I was searching for a specific experimental noise yesterday and found the perfect one, hosted for free at Freesound.org:
Freesound aims to create a huge collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps, … released under Creative Commons licenses that allow their reuse.
With over 100,000 sounds, this is surely a resource you can’t afford to miss. I spent a couple of hours thinking up things to look for, listening to different samples and grabbing a bunch of inspiring bits and pieces!
I thought I’d follow up on the earlier post, The Cinematography of ‘The Black Swan’, with a nice video about the sound in the same film. Sound is often overlooked in Video Production, in favour of the aims and look. And ‘sound design’ is often not even considered; a good recording on someone talking + music is sometimes all that is required.
But I am fascinated by sound designers and the art of telling a narrative audibly. It’s one of the areas that I have never got into deeply myself but I hope to change that in the future. I’m not saying that intricate, original and experimental sound design should be on everyone’s mind when making a corporate video or filming an event – but it shouldn’t be dismissed either.
I hope to post more in the future, hopefully with a real-life example.