This book guides nonfiction storytellers in the art of creatively and strategically using sound to engage their audience and bring stories to life.
Sound is half of film and video storytelling, and yet its importance is often overlooked until a post-production emergency arises. Written by two experienced creators – one a seasoned nonfiction producer/director with a background in music, and one a sound designer who owns a well-regarded mix studio – this book teaches nonfiction producers, filmmakers, and branded content creators how to reimagine their storytelling by improving sound workflow from field to post. In addition to real-world examples from the authors’ own experiences, interviews with and examples from industry professionals across many genres of nonfiction production are included throughout.
Written in a conversational style, the book pinpoints practical topics and considerations like 360 video and viewer accessibility. As such, it is a vital point of reference for all nonfiction filmmakers, directors and producers, or anyone wanting to learn how to improve their storytelling.
An accompanying Companion Website offers listening exercises, production sound layout diagrams, post templates, and other resources.
About the Author
Amy DeLouise is an experienced nonfiction digital storyteller and video director/producer. With more than 400 productions to her credit, Amy is a leader in the field of short form digital storytelling for large surfaces at live events as well as small screens for mobile, web and social platforms. Amy is a sought-after speaker at international media conferences and teaches popular online courses on LinkedIn Learning. She is the author of The Producer’s Playbook: Real People on Camera (Routledge, 2016). For more resources and tips from Amy, visit her website at www.amydelouise.com.
Cheryl Ottenritter, senior mixer and founder of Ott House Audio, has over twenty years of audio experience. Cheryl has worked on projects for PBS, National Geographic, Smithsonian Channel, TV One and Discovery Channel, has mixed for Dolby Atmos theatrical delivery, and has been part of the 360 and VR revolution, mastering the latest from tetrahedral, binaural and ambisonic sources. Over the past two decades, Cheryl has been making a name for herself in the industry, and has been featured in tech podcasts, in publications and keynotes at prestigious events like NAB Show, Editors Retreat, and GV Expo. Learn more at www.otthouseaudio.com.
Table of Contents
Preface by Jeff Greenberg
- Sound Basics
- Storytelling with Sound
- Preparing for Location Sound
- Location Sound Strategies
- Voiceover Narration and Story
- Preparing for Your Sound Mix
- Your Mix Session
- Music Licensing
- Music Scores
- Immersive Sound