Don’t let your indie film be sabotaged by bad sound! One of the weakest technical aspects of a low or no budget short or feature film is usually the sound, and in Sound Design for Low and No Budget Films, author Patrick Winters explains what filmmakers need to do to fix that. Learn how to improve the sound quality of your low budget film with specific tools and practices for achieving a better sound track, including detailed, step-by-step explanations of how to edit your production track, create a sound design, record and edit ADR, Foley and sound effects, music, and much more. Focusing on the essential details indie filmmakers need to know, Winters teaches you how to turn a thin and distracting sound track into one that makes your film shine.

This practical guide offers:

• In-depth focus on hands-on, step-by-step instruction for achieving great sound in post-production, including recording and editing sound effects, ADR and Foley—even without expensive equipment and software.

• Techniques specifically designed for low and no budget projects, perfect for both students and aspiring indie filmmakers.

• A simple and direct style that any aspiring filmmaker or student can understand without already knowing the industry jargon.

chapter 1|4 pages


chapter 2|8 pages

Location Sound

How Was That for Sound?

chapter 3|7 pages

Sound Design

chapter 4|18 pages

Dialogue Editing

It's Work, Not Magic

chapter 5|15 pages


What Did They Say?

chapter 6|13 pages

Walla/Group/Loop Group/Group ADR/Rhubarb

Why Can't I Hear Them?

chapter 7|12 pages


It Isn't Dialogue

chapter 8|15 pages

Sound Effects

Creating Reality

chapter 9|26 pages


Who or What is Foley?

chapter 10|12 pages


What's an Ambience, Atmosphere or Background?

chapter 11|32 pages

Musical Score

In the Mood?

chapter 12|16 pages

Mixing Myself Preparation

chapter 13|39 pages

Premixing or Predubbing and DSP

chapter 14|8 pages

Mixing Myself

chapter 15|10 pages

Studio Mix

chapter 16|5 pages


chapter 17|2 pages