- How did you come about with the idea for your sounds?
I came up with the idea for a poem to go with my animation because it was mentioned as an idea by my teacher in class. The plan for my animation was already to create something to do with animals so it felt appropriate to use a matching poem in my animation.
For the sound effects in the background, I came up with this when realising that it would be appropriate to add savannah sounds in order to create ambience and that it would also add depth to the animation.
- How did you plan and prepare for the creation of your sounds?
To prepare for the creation of my sounds I found the appropriate poem I wanted to use. I then booked out a TASCAM from the equipment facility at the college and asked the class for a volunteer as to who would be happy to recite it. We then went to a spare classroom that I had already spotted as empty and recorded the audio.
To prepare for converting the savannah sounds I checked through a number of different YouTube converters until I found one that was secure and appropriate to use. I then sifted through a number of clips of savannah sounds until I found a clip that matched the vibe I wanted to create.
- Did you think about the target audience whilst planning and creating your sounds (link this to your animation?)
I thought that the audio would be appropriate for the target audience as there is a lot of visual imagery in the poem that would be imaginative and creative for the target audience, which is young children approx. 6-10 years old.
- What intentions did you have for sound at the beginning and does the final product resemble what you had imagined?
The intentions I originally had for the audio were that it would be wholesome and that the audio would be soft, and not too harsh or sharp. The final product does resemble what I imagined, because I have managed to achieve a soft sounding audio that is pleasant to the ear.
The sound effects resemble the intentions I had for them in the beginning because it adds the atmosphere and depth to the product that I was aiming to achieve. The sound effects are subtle enough to not distract from the poem, but present enough to add effect.
- Are your sounds and soundtrack fit for purpose?
Yes my audio is fit for purpose, because it creates the wholesome and atmospheric vibe that I intended to create. It is also informative, which meets the purpose of the audio which is to inform but entertain the listener. It informs the listener because it teaches them about looking after the planet, and it entertains because the imagery used is creative. The savannah sounds also contribute to the entertainment element of the purpose.
- What changes did you make whilst creating the sounds and why?
The changes I made to the audio of the poem recital was editing out the gaps in between the lines, so that the whole poem fit down into the 30 seconds duration of the animation. I had to do this carefully so that it flowed naturally. I also edited out complete lines of the poem so that it fit to the time scale.
With the savannah sounds, I cut out 30 seconds from the longer clip that I felt suited the animation best. I had to be specific with this so that the sounds started and ended naturally.
- What difficulties did you have when creating your sounds and how did you overcome them?
The difficulty was that it was hard to edit the audio precisely in Adobe Premiere because the amount of audio was small, meaning it was difficult to edit it precisely. I overcame this by extending the bar so that I could see the timeline of footage close up, allowing for a more precise edit.
- If you had another opportunity to do this again, what would you change or what would you do differently?
If I had to do this again differently, I would add different audio features such as an elephant sound and the sound of trees rustling, in order to add depth to the audio experience. It would add more of an atmospheric vibe and fulfil the entertainment purpose.