Did you know that early films didn’t have speaking parts? Instead, storytellers used music and title cards to tell the audience what was happening. In this Toytivity, we’ll learn to convey emotion through sound design – a critical skill for all you junior filmmakers!
Tell a story using sound effects and music instead of dialogue!
- Plan your story. What’s going to happen? What will it sound like? What emotions will the music create?
- Practice, animate and record your story. Don’t forget the crashes, bangs and spaceship noises!
- Pick the right music for your story. Think about the tone and emotion you’re setting for each scene. Is the hero of your story running for his life? Make sure it sounds like it!
- Upload your cartoon to ToonTube and share it with family and friends. Send a link to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to be featured on our website!
Tips & Tricks
It takes a lot of creativity and imagination to create the right soundscape for a story. Take a minute to close your eyes and listen to the sounds around you. What story do they tell? Consider these tips and tricks for finding the right sounds and music for your story:
- Talk with a parent or friend to plan your story. Think about how to tell it using sounds and music.
- Listen carefully to music options for each scene. How does the music make you feel? Does it match the mood of your scene?
- Be playful, creative, and resourceful. Can’t find the sounds or music you need? make your own! Try pots, pans, zippers, and rubber bands!
- Still want more? With a parent, go online or to your local library to learn more about silent films. You may find you like them even better than the “talkies”!