How to Make your Film Pitch Perfect

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Good news everyone!

We’re thrilled to have already received some amazing films from every state and territory in Australia! With the end of month, Halloween and the competition deadline approaching, there’s a lot going on!

But we’re excited to remind you that you’ve still got plenty of time to get your short film wrapped up and submitted. Remember that within the rules of the comp, you’re still allowed to get help with your film – even from us! Got a pressing question? Just hit reply on this email and ask away – a festival team member will be in touch.

We’ve got two more editions of our top tips coming up before the deadline, and today it’s all about sound, so read on and sound out! 

Happy filmmaking! 

Top Tips: The Sound Out

1. Play by the rules
Copyright law exists for a reason, and us creative-types have to help each other out. It’s important that artists are paid for their work, be that photography, music, painting and drawing, or film. That’s why when you’re making a film with no budget, it’s a huge help that so many musicians have made their music free to use in the public domain, check out websites like the free music archive, or do your own google search for “copyright free music that sounds like _____” if there’s a certain artist whose sound you like. We have heaps more resources here.

2. DIY time!
If you want something completely unique, and custom made for your film, try your hand at composing an original piece of music. You might know some instruments, get help from the music department at school, or even go digital and try making something with garageband or LMMS.

3. Listen out
One great way to up the production value on your short film is by including sound effects. From squeaky doors and spooky footsteps, to birds singing and relaxing rain, sound effects can bring the world of your film to life. Play through your film again, and make a note where you think a sound effect might make your film feel even more realistic! Sites like Sound Bible have great free sound effects.

4. Have fun with sound and style

Remember to play by your own rules, and experiment with all sorts of ideas. You can email us for advice, or do your own research by watching Youtube tutorials, or reading sites like WikiHow. Sound is half of the audiences experience watching your film, so invest your time!

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