The film festival circuit remains a venue for directors to showcase their talents by screening their short films. When a short film captivates audiences, new directors may feel they are on the path to drawing attention and receiving critical acclaim. Many elements combine to create a polished movie, and the sound recordings rank high on the list. The same applies to the lighting. Sometimes, the "little things" that enhance the visuals of a short horror film are not so minor. Hiring the right crew to perform the right job could make the finished product more impactful.
Filling in the Scary Sounds
Horror movies — even short ones — benefit from the atmosphere, effects, and visuals. When an audience feels pulled into the feature, small touches might stir a reaction from them. Small sound touches could include:
- Footsteps Building Tension: A classic horror movie scene may involve someone walking alone outside, wondering if someone is following them. The scene may become more compelling if the audience can hear every footstep capable of heightening the tension. A similar sound effect would be creaking steps as someone walks up old stairs.
- Wind Blowing Outside: When the wind whips up, the sounds may contribute to the scare factor by enhancing the mood of a particular scene. Winds causing tree branches to bend could hint that something else frightening is coming, as the winds suggest something creepy may use natural sounds to cover their movement.
- Score Cues: Many horror movies rely on using original music at appropriate times to warn of impending frights. Bringing the sound in at the proper cue and levels could make audiences feel scared at the right time.
Of course, the effectiveness of weaving these sound effects into the film requires a professional, artistic touch. Effectively mixed and clear sound will work better than something too raw or unpolished.
Other Effective Effects
Effective sound engineering, recorded during shoots and in post-production, is not the only element vital to making a brilliant horror short. Things have to look moody and frightening, and proper lighting work may help the cause. Imagine recreating an "old school" black-and-white horror film look. Skilled lighting could bring out the ominous shadows that make everything come alive.
Likely, nothing could be more horrifying for directors and producers than discovering their horror short suffers from multiple technical flaws. Hiring the right audio-visual crew to handle the sound and lighting may lead to a finished work that exceeds expectations.
For more information, contact local sound engineers.