Sound Design Challenge #13: Creepy Advertising
The last challenge was awesome, and it was all thanks to your participation. We’re hoping to repeat that success this time with our new challenge. Our sponsor this time is Hart FX, owned and operated by Colin Hart. Colin is offering up his “Hart of Steel” library, which is a massive 22 gigs of industrial tools. I’ve got a copy of it myself, and trust me when I say…this is a very cool library. We’re excited and grateful to have Hart FX sponsoring the Challenge this time around.
We’re going in an advertising direction this time around. The picture above is a capture from the video you’ll be working with for this challenge. It’s an old, in-theatre, trailer advertising a screening of horror movies. You’re task this time around will be to create the audio for this trailer keeping the horror and advertising aspects in mind, as well as matching the sound to the period of the piece.
The rules for this challenge:
- Make sure to read and understand the General Rules and Legal Disclaimers as described on this page. Participation in the Challenge implies you have done so and agree to the terms listed therein.
- You must replace all of the audio for the piece. It should have a voice-over/narration track. You may recreate the existing narration, or write your own. It can be in any language you prefer.
- No music may be used in the piece.
- Approach this as a piece of advertising, but play up the horror aspects (yes, it can be “campy” horror if you like).
- The overall quality of the sound should match the time period of the piece: 1950’s.
- Your entry, the contest video with your final design mix, must be uploaded to the Vimeo group by Thursday, December 8th (5 PM U.S. Eastern Time).
To download the video for this Challenge, visit this page on The Open Video Project. Please note, you will need to download the MPEG-2 version of the clip (the MPEG-1 download link does not work). [Enough people are having issues converting this video, that I’ve decided to host a regular Quicktime through my site. Simply right-click and download this link.] If you’re a student, or just starting your professional career, and are looking for public domain clips to do some work with, The Open Video Project is going to be a great resource for you. We aren’t distributing the video this time, so it will remain available for as long as it exists on the OVP page.
As usual, I am looking for volunteers to assist in selecting the finalists for this challenge. If you are interested in helping out, please contact me here.
Good luck with the Challenge, and another round of thanks to Colin Hart and Hart FX.