How the sound of “nothing” can say everything.
Silence is as important as, if not more important than, any other sound in a film – in a longer-form installment of her video essay series, Candice Drouet shows us just how much there is to hear when there’s “nothing” to hear in film:
Try It Yourself
Room Tone and Ambient Sound – Film Editing Pro demonstrates Cutting Smoother Dialogue with Room Tone & Ambiance – even if you didn’t manage to record silence on set or location:
Stressing their importance, editor Mark Holtze demonstrates how he begins dialogue editing by first constructing a bed of room tone (“to give the illusion of continuity”), and then using ambient sound (“to add to the story”):
Environmental Sound – Peter McKinnon demonstrates how to world-build using self-recorded environmental sounds (demo begins around 2:57):
A roundup of video essays about sound design in feature films: