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A new low cost way to get library music

In order to raise funds to finance the production of an album of Library Music I am pre-selling licenses for the album, enabling you to get an incredible deal on music for use in any project from short videos to feature films.

Each contributor will get a copy of the CD and………
If you contribute £12 towards the album you will get 5 License credits, with each license credit enabling you to use 1 track in one project.
£22 will get you 15 credits and if you contribute £60 you will be get a blanket license to use any of the tracks in any project, forever, giving you unlimited pre-licensed music which you can use in anything from advertising to feature films.
The CD will have have over an hour of music covering a range of styles and moods from large orchestral pieces to smaller piano and string arrangements and each track will come in a full length, short (30 sec) and stab format.

The more people contribute the higher my budget for musicians so I would be grateful if you could spread the word as the more people involved the better the end product will be.
to contribute go to http://www.pleasefund.us/projects/cameronmusic-film-soundtrack-cd
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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The Fruits of Capiness

New Record Label

CameronMusic has launched a record label called Genuine Folk specialising in (yes you guessed it!) Folk Music.

Our first recording features a West Gallery group called The Village Quire and is now available as download and CD and we will be releasing their second CD in two weeks time.

At the end of this month we will be heading to the Brecon Midsummer Folk Festival to produce a series of  live recordings of the whole weekend.

 

 

Some tips for getting good production sound

Some tips for getting the best from your audio

Many an independent film is marred by terrible audio, here I am going to offer a few tips to help get the best sound you can on a budget.

What to record

The Problem with sound is that although we hear sounds distinctly that is not what gets recorded, our brains are incredibly good at isolating the sound we wish to focus on and tuning out unwanted sounds but microphones do not have the same abilities, they will record everything.
The aim of production sound is very simple: get the dialogue and nothing else, film sound is all about layers and the location audio should only be the first of those layers. It is very easy to add sounds to a mix but extremely difficult to remove them later so if you can record only the dialogue you will have a clean base to build on.
Have a look at the Fix it in post article for more info.

Plan your shoot (and even your film!)

This is of paramount importance, make sure you know your equipment and its limitations. For more info on budget equipment equipment go here.
The main thing is to try to get as quiet a location as possible, you need to be thinking about this when selecting locations. If you film next to a busy road you will get traffic noise ruining your audio there are no two ways about it, making a compromise on your location can save you enormous amounts of time and money later (ADR is expensive).
Try to film at quiet times of the day even indoors you will get traffic/street noise if you are filming in the centre of a city but filming at night or very early can reduce that immensely
Turn everything off! Fridges, AC, the TV next door and of course mobile phones (even on vibrate) our ears tune these sounds out but I can guarantee you will get home and hear things you didn’t even know were there. Before filming stop for a minute and have a listen and try and focus on as many sounds as you can hear, try it now it can be quite a surprise as I write this I can hear the fridge in my kitchen, the fan in my laptop, church bells down the road and birdsong and I live out in the country.
Make sure everyone understands what silence really means, people need to be still and even whispering can come out clear as a bell in a quiet moment, it is amazing how much noise people can make whilst thinking they are silent.
Get the microphones as close as possible, they should ideally be only a couple of feet from the talent this is another place where you might need to compromise, If you do not have radio mics you can put on the talent you will not be able to record them during a nice distant shot in the middle of a park sorry. If you are indoors then get creative with where you can hide the mics.

Directing

There are going to be times when it is necessary to give the actors cues, such as for events happening off camera, if this is the case then just make sure you don’t make noise over a line of dialogue. If it is a distinct sound it can be edited out but one voice cannot be seperated from another in post.

Extras and Crowds

Keep them quiet If you are filming a restaurant scene then make sure all of the extras are silent, this allows you to capture only the dialogue and add in background sound later.
Once the scene has been shot then record just the sound of the extras, conversation, cutlery scrapes etc. having this as a seperate track will allow you much more flexibility in the mix later, whilst we are on the subject:
Capturing Non-Dialogue audio
As mentioned above it is very useful to get other effects whilst you are on location, nothing else will match quite as well.
Things you might want:
Crowd noise
Door slams
Car start + stop
ticking clock (turn it off during the shooting)

In fact anything you can see happening in the scene, it is much better to have sound you don’t need then to suddenly have to record the sound of that lovely V8 car you had, only for one day, the week after you have returned it.

Room Tone

Room tone is the faint and subtle mixture of sounds that you get in any place which go largely unnoticed but if not present make a scene feel unnatural such as the rustling of leaves in a park or the distant hum of a city.
When shooting aim to get a couple of minutes of room tone so that when you edit out unwanted sounds you can fill the gaps with a realistic background rather than silence. Almost no-where is ever truly silent and so this room tone needs to be a constant bed beneath the dialogue.

Wreck diving in Dominican Republic – Buceo en barcos hundidos de República Dominicana

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Nathan’s Christmas Time Miracle Type Thing!

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The L.A.B. Theater Experience

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Grow with CONNECT

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TreeOrganicAnalysis.mov

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Teaser – poems about life

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Shu Low Lighting Reel 2011

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Final Major Project by Claire Ritchie

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Tracy Butler`s Sordid Sniffles (english)

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R.I.P. Mr. Pinchy

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Vanillekipferl

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Yo (academic project)

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2011 TCSW Fall Conference – Middle Region (Overview)

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Linda Beer, Realtor Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc

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DEATHSTAR Motion Study V1

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ToggleByte Giveaway #001 – Humble Indie Bundle 4

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First Watch

Stopmotion-Intro “Das Picknick”

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In The Cold Winter Snow

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Canon 60D video test baby tortoise escape

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vicentine vs. minecraft – going virtual episode 04

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You Are Amazing! (fun claymation)

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A Slice of Tagged

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GoPro HD HERO 2: Test and Review

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RCPL’s Eastover Branch Expansion

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Foundations of Form: Drawing and Sculpture

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