I’ve been emailing back and forth with Shaun from Dynamic Interference about his new sound design challenge. As far as I can tell, this is the first such challenge that Shaun has offered; it centers around footage of the old Texas Stadium being demolished, and the challenge is of course to add some effective sounds to the video.
The crux of the project will be explosions, but Shaun has thrown a bit of a curveball into the challenge: The entries may not use time- or pitch-domain processing. That means that it won’t be sufficient to simply grab two or three of your favorite explosion sounds, repitching and stretching them to form distinct events.
As I said to Shaun in our email conversation, disallowing this kind of processing, normally the meat and potatoes of a sound designer’s arsenal, is really going to hit the entrants where it hurts. As a result, they will have to find creative ways to create a sonic narrative without these obvious standbys.
I think challenges like this are essential to driving the craft forward, so if you have any interest whatsoever in sound design for film, I urge you to head on over to the Sound Design Challenge and register! By the way, the winner will get a cool prize, but I’ll let you read all about that in Shaun’s post.Dynamic Interference - Join The Sound Design Challenge, Get A Prize! by Nick Maxwell