Paulene came in to assist with our students on their storyboarding projects, composing bespoke music for their short films using Logic Pro.
Music and sound design are important parts of the film-making process. Successful films from Escape Studios such as BAFTA-shortlisted Jerich0 have paid close attention to music and sound design, with excellent results.
Paulette Vassell is an experienced musician with a long track record in the music industry. She is a graduate of Goldmiths College in London, where she earned a Master's Degree (M.Mus) in Music Composition. Paulette is skilled in Music Technology, Logic Pro, Audio Recording, Sound Design, and Music Composition.
Paulette worked primarily with Logic Pro, a digital audio workstation (DAW) and MIDI sequencer software application for the macOS platform. Logic Pro was originally created in the early 1990s as Notator Logic, or Logic, by German software developer C-Lab who later went by Emagic. Apple acquired Emagic in 2002 and Logic was renamed to Logic Pro.
|Logic Pro screenshot|
Paulette worked with a number of our students at Escape Studios, including Anastasia Gurova (see photo above). Paulette demonstrated how music clips can be imported into Logic, and how music can be created sync with the video animatic - an organic and intuitive process which helps our board artists to better understand the process of music composition and sound design.
Why animators need sound design
Occasionally, good sound design means having no sound at all, or very little. But there is usually considerable work to be done.
|Jerich0 - original music and sound design|
Good sound design brings a huge amount to any project. Sound design is not just about the quality of recording itself, it's about music, sound effects, foley, and the final mix.
Sound heightens our experience of a film and brings it to life. Sound design is something that animators at a big studio take for granted - because someone else does it for you. But when you are learning and studying animation, you will have to do it yourself.
Free sound effects
There are many places on the web to find good sound effects. Free sound effects can be found online at - for example - freesound.org and findsound.org.