|How to make dialog and sound effects sound distant?
Last night I watched Jacob the Liar and the background dialog sounded like I've always wanted to do have mine: real, and on the street. Does anybody know if this was obtain artificial, or if some of it was actually recorded in a narrow alley and street to obtain this effect ? If it was done artificially, can anybody tell me what I'm doing wrong ?
Another technique is what is sometimes called "worldizing." This refers to playing back existing recordings through a speaker or speakers in real-world acoustic situations, and recording that playback with microphones so that the new recording takes on the acoustic characteristics of the place it was "re-recorded." Walter Murch used this technique to wonderful effect on films like American Grafitti. Obviously, you need a reasonably quiet place to record in order for this technique to work very well. Though the louder you do the playback, the less problematic ambient noise will be. Watch out for distortion, though!
Edited excerpt from CAS webboard.
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