Sound for Video Project Description

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Using the video sequence provided, create a video that incorporates your sound design. Use sound effects and ambient sounds to enhance and/or transform the meaning of the images. If you use music, it should be integrated as part of a greater whole that remains primarily sound effects and ambient sounds. Be spontaneous and intuitive in your response. The goal of this assignment is to expand your knowledge of sound editing, sound design, and sound mixing in order to enhance or change the meaning of the video you have been given to work with.


Experiment manipulating sound in a variety of ways and explore the use of the following:

  • equalization (EQ), 
  • dynamics (especially the compressor), 
  • reverb, 
  • delay, 
  • speed changes, 
  • reversing sounds, and
  • layering. 

Spend time getting to know the sound editing tools, sound effects, and track mixer in Adobe Premiere Pro.

I prefer you use sounds from location and studio recording sessions during this class or recordings you’ve done on your own since the start of the semester, however, you may make judicious use of sounds from online resources like, however, to get the most out of this assignment, the majority of audio clips should not come from third-party sources. 

Watch the video sequence several times to work through your response to the sequence and your response in the role of sound designer. Take notes about what comes to mind. What sounds will help you build a richly textured sound environment? Consider sound effects, ambient tracks, and even musical scoring, but don’t let the music overpower your work, you’re expected to respond to the visuals with a rich and layered aural tapestry. Your goal of your sound design work should be cinematic realism.

Collect the sounds you’ll need.You may use sounds from sound libraries, however, you are strongly encouraged to record original sounds as well.

Source materials

The video file you’ll need for this assignment may be found in the team drive and/or artserver in the “Source Materials” folder and is named “Farm and Red Moon Clips.m4v” or something along those lines (the fine names may change but it will be relatively obvious which file to use).

In the same folder you’ll find a file called “LICENSE.txt” that contains the licensing terms under which this footage is provided to you. In short, you may not post the video online or share it with a third-party without prior permission. 

The video file is 24p (23.98 fps), so make sure your Adobe Premiere Pro sequence is a 24p (23.98 fps) sequence and not 30p which is what we’re using for everything else in this class. 

Deliverable and deadline

The video file must follow the guidelines and specifications outlined in the “Project Deliverables Specifications” handout. 

Place your video in the “Sound for Image” folder in the “Deliverables” folder in the folder designated for this class on art server or the media server in Shillman Hall before the start of the screening and critique session in class. 

Grading rubric

This project contributes 10 points towards your final grade and the grade will be based on the following criteria:

  • A variety of relevant and evocative sound effects, ambient beds, and music cues are edited together to comprise a cohesive sequence, you should be able to articulate a rationale for your approach during screening and critique (5 points), 
  • Excellent editing craft including clean edits, smooth transitions, proper levels (3 points), and
  • The video file adheres to the deliverable layout and specifications (2 points).