Here are some simple tips and tricks for working with sound elements in your film or video project to add production value.

Once again, our friends over at the The Film Look have put together a great Youtube video. This week’s episode features some insightful tips and tricks for using sound elements to elevate your film. Using their recent short “The Asylum Groove” as their example, they show us how to use some awesome PremiumBeat sound elements to create that extra impact.

Let’s look at some of the main tips and tricks for working with sound elements in your next project.


Punchy Impact on the Cut

How to Use Sound Elements to Improve Your Film — Impact on the Cut

The first trick we learn is to add an impact punch on the cut. In this example, the filmmakers are creating a stark jump from a bright dream to a dark reality, so that extra punch aids that dynamic shift. Sometimes the best place to start is by simply adding a punchy sound element right on the cut for some additional impact.


Create Crescendos

This trick is a staple of horror and jump scare sequences, but it is always powerful. If you simply take your punchy sound element, copy it, then reverse it, you’ll have a slowly building crescendo, which you can place before your cut to build suspense.


Layer in Sound Elements

How to Use Sound Elements to Improve Your Film — Layer Sound Elements

Finally, as with any good sound mix, the best trick is to add as many layers as possible. You can watch as a rumbling impact, a hissing crescendo, and a reverb mouth click all work in the same sequence in this scene to create a dynamic audio composition. Browse around and find your own favorite elements to add — then tinker to create tips of your own.


All images via The Film Look.

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