Layers of sound

Whilst in Spain on holiday I took some shots to use in my work and the following day retraced my steps with a digital recorder to record the local atmosphere which I couldn’t do whilst filming.  As I put together the various shots for a new project and add the sound I can now begin to fully appreciate the ability to add several sound tracks on top of each other the create a nice layer of sounds that can nicely blend together to hide that they were not recorded at the same time and may not exactly match the image but appear to when mixed with other similar tracks.

Whilst all the books clearly state the importance of recording atmos, it is only when you put it in to practice that you can truly appreciate just how important it is to create a much more professionally polished finish.  I am still learning but I can see just how important audio is to the film-maker and how it must be properly handled.

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