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2. Designing Sound Effects and Composing Music for Movies


(upbeat music)

Welcome to CS First: Music and Sound.

Today, you'll learn about sound effect design and music composition in movies and games.

Then, you will build your own animation or game and add sound.

When you work on the core project for today's club you will choose sound effects that will play when one sprite bounces into other sprites.

At the end of today's session you'll get a chance to customize and program your own add-ons.

First, check out these clips about the exciting field of providing sound and music to movies and games.

(horse hooves trotting)

When they shoot a film you just have the production and the dialogue, so their concentrating on the dialogue.

So, all the sounds throughout the film are lost.

So, what we do is we go back and recreate those sounds for drama, intensity, make it scary, more intense, or the detail in the film.

I saw Foley when I was 16-years-old and I wanted to do that for my career.

One of the first films that I apprenticed on was Empire Strikes Back.

That one was a landmark for me because that got me motivated to do Foley.

(horse hooves trotting)


Okay, so I just laid down the horse footsteps and now I'm gonna lay down the track of the bridle to go with the feet.


We're gonna shoot.

You're gonna hear it, it won't sound like that.

Check out the screen.

Keep rolling a full playback with this is horse, bridal and hicker horse snorts.


(horse hooves trotting)

As you saw in the videos there are many types of computer science and technology skills that go into sound effect design for movies and games.

Today's program will give you a chance to explore how adding different sound effects can change the personality and feel of a character or scene.

You can choose to either work on the sound effects you just saw or go back to the add-ons page from last session's music video project and continue to build add-ons for your music video.

Now it's your turn.

If you want to work on the music video click the music video add-on link on this page.

If you would like to work on the new sound effect program, click on the music effects starter project link that is on the same page as this screen cast.

Then, click the remix button and this one contains some code to get you started, but don't forget to sign into Scratch so that your program is saved to your account.

Add a sprite which will be hit by other sprites.

This sprite will be the main character in your movie.

After you complete these steps click the green arrow to go on to the next screen cast.

(upbeat music)

  1. Click the Music Effects Starter Project link.
  2. Remix the project.
  3. Sign in to Scratch.
  4. Add a sprite to use as the main character.
  • Track Stars - The Unseen Heroes of Movie Sound by Doppelganger The Movie ( licensed under CC-BY 3.0 (
  • The song “Festival” is © YouTube-- CC-BY-SA 4.0 does not apply.
  • Recording foley for the project by lofi6oy ( licensed under CC-BY 3.0 (