Brian O'Dell
Digital Media Instructor

Sound Design Project

Project Published 8/13/15 Last updated on 5/3/19

One of the students most detailed projects that I use as a final project is the sound design project. It gives a final assessment on all the areas that are taught throughout the year. I find animated short films online and remove the sound. Students have the choice to choose which video they want to do and then they must repeatedly watch the video and write down a list of sounds, sound effects and music they feel will enhance the video. The choice of the mood, timing and sounds/effects music are all up to them. Then they must download and organize their sounds to use. Students will include critical thinking, problem solving skills, creativity, timing as well as visual effect, relativity to the theme, mood and meeting criteria and deadlines. After they are completed, I allow them to view the original to see how they stack up against animated film students around the world. Some without being biased are better than the originals. The rule is they are not allowed to just give me the obvious sounds. They must review and add surrounding elements not just what is straight forward. They are not allowed to take credit for the video, just the sound design.

Sound Design Links:

  • Audition

    Audio recording, mixing, and restoration.

  • Adobe Premiere Pro

    Edit media in its native format and create productions for film, TV, and web.

Age Levels
1+ Week
Communication and Collaboration, Research and Information Fluency, Digital Citizenship, Creativity and Innovation, Technology Operations and Concepts, Critical Thinking Problem Solving and Decision Making

Silent videos (provided)

Voices recorded according to comprehension of character speech

List of researched sounds

Downloaded sounds

Soundtrack music

Adobe Master Collection Audition, Premiere

CC License
5 / 5 • 5 Ratings

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Shafiq Rehman

Posted on 9/15/19 12:43:32 AM Permalink

​Great Resource

emmanuel monteiro

Posted on 9/3/19 12:07:13 AM Permalink

​This is awesome - thank you!

William Cortez

Posted on 5/30/19 3:41:46 PM Permalink

Great project. May I use your sound design rubric?​

Jamie Leduc

Posted on 1/25/16 1:42:39 AM Permalink

Awesome Thank you for the resource

Jeff VanDenhul

Posted on 9/30/15 4:11:52 PM Permalink

Would you be willing to share your Rubric? Great lesson.

Brian O'Dell

Posted on 10/17/15 4:57:46 PM Permalink

I have added the grading rubric that I typically use depending on the design concept chosen. This is a general rubric that can be used for all.

Thomas Walsh

Posted on 8/22/15 3:42:37 PM Permalink

Great job with this lesson. Have you built up a list of good resources for collecting sounds. We are always looking for audio resources.

Brian O'Dell

Posted on 8/22/15 7:51:26 PM Permalink

Brian O'Dell

Posted on 8/15/15 9:09:21 PM Permalink

The videos I found by typing in Animated Short Films and then downloading them. Again, we do not take credit for the films and do not allow students to submit these projects into contests. This is strictly a production to get an understanding of sound, timing, detailed visuals, creativity and meeting deadlines