I have no experience in sound design. But since it’s something I want to do alongside music, I figured “why not just start?”. So that’s exactly where this video came from. The audio overall is decently consistent, and the highest it peaks is around -3db. And believe it or not, it’s not the explosion that brings it there! (If you’d like to read about the process involved, read below)
There is a lot that goes into sound design (seriously, sound mixers are one of the unsung heroes of the film production industry), and there’s a lot more that I could have done. Like I could have experimented with more reverb to give everything the proper sound for the environment depicted, and I could have gotten more sound effects overall, but non the less, this is what I did:
For the opening sequence of shots where I’m walking to the truck and before it “blows up”, all that’s there is a clip of outdoor ambiance I got for free from SoundBible.com. Originally, I recorded just ambiance from the camera mic, but decided early on in editing that this was the way to go. The footsteps from FreeSFX.co.uk, and what the camera mic picked up of the key’s falling and hitting things.
The explosion, flame and violin screech sound effect were also downloaded from FreeSFX, and a little reverb was added where need be. And I composed the music for the video, and recorded the frantic dialogue ADR right into Sony Vegas.
So there’s the process! There was a lot of help in Volume Envelopes to control the volume of the audio tracks, and to keep from there being a ton of audio tracks spread out all over the place.
It was great fun, and I look forward to doing more of this when I can!