Sound Replacement: Starship Troopers

Hey everyone, sorry for the delay between posts, I’m trying to improve on it! I have a few coming for you over the next 24-48hrs in an attempt to catch up on everything that’s been going on.

Last week, I started planning a sound replacement project, in which Ben, Pete and myself will replace the audio tracks for a clip in the movie Starship Troopers, which will probably always be one of my top 5 movies of all time. I chose Starship Troopers not only because I love the movie, but I wanted some action and science fiction sounds to challenge myself in the Sound Design department, as these are the sorts of sounds that I hope to work on looking forward in my career as an Audio Engineer. I can’t wait to hear the final product. Here is the original scene that we will be replacing the audio from. I take no credit for the original.


In charge of the audio is:

Me – Project management, Location recording, Sound Designer, Lead Mix Engineer
Ben – ADR Recording and Mix, Foley Recording and Mix
Pete – Score replacement and Music Mix

To plan for this project, we have created a Gantt sheet which we will be using for scheduling, and our schedule roughly looks like this:

First week – Planning, Gathering Resources, First Location Recording, Scratch track for score.
Second week – ADR, Foley, and additional Sound Design. Recording for score.
Third week – First draft of final score, Fine-tuning the mix as a whole, start seeking feedback from industry
Fourth week – Implementing feedback and finalisation

We have booked three sessions in the C24 studio at SAE for the second week (this week!), with one planned for each ADR, Foley, and Sound Design. We may change this as recordings are completed and if we need more time on a specific area.

So far the project has flowed relatively smoothly, with a a few “life happens” issues on Pete’s end which means we only have a vague idea of what his plans for the music are. Regardless, from what I’ve heard I think he will make something very intense that adds something to the scene that the original didn’t, which is fantastic!

Stay tuned for my next blog on my first location recording session