Provide sound spot effects and atmosphere

Business Sectors (Suites): Post Production
Developed by: ScreenSkills
Approved on: 01 Jan 2017


This Standard is about providing sound that enhances immediacy, action and helps give pace and mood to visual content. Sound spot effects and atmosphere may need to be created from scratch or acquired from a sound library. This Standard should apply to anyone who is involved with creating or selecting sound spot effects and atmosphere, and in particular to Foley artists.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. identify and agree the role of atmospheric sound and specific

    sounds in the narrative with relevant people

    1. develop ideas that help tell the story; taking into account filming

    and editing decisions that have already been made

    1. agree approaches with clients that take account of their vision and

    ideas about how effects can highlight or enhance their material

    1. evaluate existing recorded material for audio quality against

    agreed technical and artistic standards and advise if it can be

    used and when new spot effects and atmosphere are required

    1. advise relevant people on schedule and cost to ensure required

    material can be acquired and incorporated within clients budget

    and schedule

    1. share ideas with colleagues working on related 2D, 3D, colour

    grading and audio using appropriate communication channels

    1. source sound effects and atmosphere that match pre-shot actions

    or events

    1. select material that meets production requirements, including the

    intention of the script, and are of a sufficient duration for required


    1. source atmospheric sound that matches specified visual settings

    and acoustic environments

    1. manipulate or accent sound to communicate mood, atmosphere,

    impact and authenticity in line with the brief

    1. check that material is in a format and medium suitable for the

    required sound and equipment being used, converting between

    formats or media where necessary

    1. comply with copyright laws and conventions and pass any

    relevant information to appropriate people

    1. maintain security for files and other materials in line with company


    1. keep accurate records of material you use and its sources

    2. return loan material by agreed deadlines and in a condition

    acceptable to lenders

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. the client or production requirements, including any script


    1. the technical and artistic requirements, including any technical


    1. the timescales, deadlines and other operational constraints of the


    1. how to assess audio quality to expected artistic and technical


    1. sound libraries, how they are organised and how to access them

    2. apparatus for creating sounds including how to use common

    objects and materials to create sounds

    1. techniques and procedures for sound treatment

    2. how to manipulate and extend sound

    3. how to calculate timing

    4. techniques for sound recording and use of sound recording


    1. recording formats, synchronization and reference systems

    2. the use of mono, stereo and multichannel sound to realise

    creative ideas

    1. current viewing standards and current professional, national and

    international standards of delivery and expressions of best

    practice for the range of platforms and content

    1. characteristics of sounds in different acoustic environments

    2. documentation and labelling requirements

    3. what copyright laws and conventions apply and how to get

    releases or licences

    1. company systems for storage, back up and security


Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





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Indicative Review Date

31 Jan 2020





Originating Organisation

Creative skillset

Original URN


Relevant Occupations

Post Production Professionals

SOC Code



Post production; Production; Sound; Spot effects; Foley