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!
To complete my trifecta of The Black Swan posts (see: Cinematography and Sound Design), I bring you a demo of the SFX used in The Black Swan. These small but significant effects on a film with rich realism have more of an effect on me than all the explosions and CGI trickery of a glossy Hollywood film.
I have also been working with After Effects recently, mainly for titles, which is not an area I am skilled in. The possibilities are remarkable and, through my research, I have decided that I want to try editing a project using Adobe Premiere Pro CS5. I have the production suite, so why not try it out? The things that I have been hearing about it are enough to let me leave my Final Cut Pro safety net for a spell. I’ll cover this in the future.