Beginnings Cinematic Underscores

Beginnings Cinematic Underscores

Beginnings | A library of melodic underscores for building intrigue

Every great film has a tone – a mood that’s patiently created through lighting, color, and sound.

Indeed sound, especially melody, is a deceptively powerful force in shaping how we perceive a film from the very first frame. Before climatic action, viewers must be drawn in with subtle music that sits beneath the surface. 

Introducing Beginnings, a library of melodic underscores for building intrigue.

Beginnings

Melodic Underscore Library

Evoke Curiosity

The tracks in Beginnings are deliberately understated and are meant to carry your story forward, but in a subtler way than a full-blown score or soundtrack.

Drawing on inspiration from opening title sequences, episodic dramas, and unconventionally cinematic commercials, we created these melodies to help you evoke curiosity and establish a cinematic tone in your films.

An Essential Library

Beginnings provides a versatile library of underscores for you to leverage across many projects. You can base your entire edit off one of the 15 original music tracks or create more nuanced soundscapes tailored to specific scenes using the variations of each track that are provided. 

Overview

 

Tutorial: Getting Started with Beginnings Underscores

A step-by-step walkthrough of how we created the score from the Beginnings trailer.

15 Original Melodies

Built from 15 original melodies, each designed to establish an underlying tone in your scene. Each track is around 1-2 minutes in length.

5 Unique Variations

We recorded each melody in 5 different ways. Use variations on their own or combined with others to create your own micro-score.

Professional Grade

The tracks are professionally mastered and compatible with all major editing platforms, including Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro X, and DaVinci Resolve.

Beginnings

Melodic Underscore Library

Features

  • 15 Original Melodies
  • 5 Useful Variations
  • 75 Tracks Total
  • Most tracks 1-2 minutes long
  • Mastered for professional use
  • WAV – 96000hz (3.4 GB)
  • MP3 – 48000hz (271 MB)
  • Royalty Free

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Features

  • 15 Original Melodies
  • 5 Useful Variations: 01 Original, 02 Melody, 03 Bass/Percussion, 04 Strings, 05 Undertones
  • 75 Tracks Total
  • Most tracks 1-2 minutes long
  • Mastered for professional use
  • WAV – 96000hz (3.4 GB)
  • MP3 – 48000hz (271 MB)
  • Royalty Free

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SFX Techniques

SFX Techniques

SFX Techniques | Learn 6 best practices for cinematic sound design

One of the best ways you can enhance your visual projects is to use the power of sound. It’s essential to start with the highest-quality effects, but as with any tool, they need to be used with intention and purpose.

In the following 12 minute tutorial, you’ll see how we’ve used the Anticipation, Statement, and Archetype SFX libraries across many of our most popular videos and learn 6 big ideas for cinematic sound design. These are the tried and true techniques we’ve used for years at Lens Distortions.

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Anticipation SFX

Bright, optimistic sound effects for inspiring projects.

Statement SFX

Modern, confident sound effects for bold projects.

Archetype SFX

Powerful, iconic sound effects for weighty films.
Start Here: 6 Best Practices for Cinematic Sound Design [12 Minutes]

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01 Sound Motivation

Identifying where to use sound effects is the single most important part of sound design.

Opportunities are everywhere from the first frame of a video to the last. In addition to on-screen action, you can find sound motivation in things like timelapse and speed-ramped shots, transitions, title cards, and added visual effects. Watch 15 seconds of this Anticipation SFX trailer and you’ll notice all kinds of visual cues paired with sound.

Example from the Anticipation SFX Trailer

As you can see, the slightest movement paired with abstract sound can be just as powerful as matching an action to its literal sound.

In this next example from our trailer for Statement SFX, you’ll notice some obvious sound motivation from the windmill, which was paired with some whooshes. The shot of the woman immediately following the windmill is actually a far more important shot but it lacked sound motivation of its own.

To solve this, we created our own sound motivation by adding a Classic Light Hits overlay, which we paired with an effect called Drop Whoosh. All this together gave the shot a visceral feeling.

Example from the Statement SFX Trailer

Watch the tutorial at the top of this post for a closer look at some of the primary sound motivation in the Anticipation SFX and Statement SFX trailers.

02 Using Contrast

Cutting between fast and slow shots or loud and quiet sounds creates contrast, which is a great way keep your viewers engaged. In this trailer for Maven glass overlays, notice how visuals and sound work together in the quick intense shots to grab your attention and make the film more dynamic.

Example from the Maven Glass Overlays Trailer

Below is a visual representation of the contrasting clips from the Maven trailer. The orange clips are the quick, intense sounds that break up the slow, quiet parts of the video.

03 Punctuating Edit Points

It’s not always obvious, but sound is often what makes a cut between shots feel so big. This overview video for our Modern Light Hits pack moves along pretty subtly until the motorcycle scene hits you with a wall of sound.

Example from the Modern Light Hits Video

The video above combines all three techniques we’ve covered so far. We have sound motivation from the headlight popping on combined with the Modern Light Hit overlay that we added. We have contrast between the quiet theme music and the motorcycle action shot. And finally, all of this culminates at a single edit point. The combination of visual and sound is what makes the moment feel as big as it does.

Watch the full “6 Best Practices for Cinematic Sound Design” tutorial to see how we stacked sounds from multiple libraries to create the raw power of the edit.

04 Repeating Sounds

Using the same sound in repetition can be a great way to build intrigue and cue your viewer that something is coming. In this trailer for Anticipation SFX, notice the repeating note that gradually gets louder and louder.

Example from the Anticipation SFX Trailer

As you can see below, we actually combined two variations of the “Big Moment” sound effect that repeat as the sequence goes.

Toward the beginning of the video, the “Space” variation is louder and it sounds far away because of its reverb. Over time, the Space variation fades and the normal version of the clip becomes more prominent, which creates a sense of the sound getting closer.

You can also use repeating sounds to create entire rhythmic soundscapes. Notice how the sounds repeat and build together to create momentum in this video for Statement SFX.

Example from the Statement SFX Trailer

It’s important to keep frequency ranges in mind when building sequences like this. Watch the full tutorial at the beginning of this post to learn more. If you’re interested in using this technique extensively, our Endurance Underscore Library was actually specifically designed for this exact purpose.

05 Setups and Resolves

In this video for Luminary glass overlays, notice how we use sound to build up intrigue before launching into the theme song. But the most important part of this sequence is the strategic absence of sound… the silence just between the setup and resolve.

Example from the Luminary Video

Your job as an editor is to take your viewer on a journey and sound is an essential tool for making that journey interesting. Using sound, you can literally design how your viewer will feel. This video is a great example of how sound design doesn’t have to be complex, it just has to be intentional.

06 Staying Organized

Our last tip is less about execution and more about preparation. Making the effort up front to organize your sound libraries will save you a ton of time over many projects. 

If you’re using Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Pro X, consider importing all of your sound libraries into a master project that you always keep open. Then, as needed, you can drag and drop sounds into whatever project you’re currently working on.

Here is a snippet from our full 12-minute SFX Techniques tutorial showing how to do just that.

Creating master projects in Premiere and Final Cut X

Original SFX
Breath life into your visuals with risers, hits, whooshes, and more.

Anticipation SFX

Bright, optimistic sound effects for inspiring projects.

Statement SFX

Modern, confident sound effects for bold projects.

Archetype SFX

Powerful, iconic sound effects for weighty films.

Anticipation SFX

Bright, confident sound effects for inspiring projects.

Statement SFX

Modern, confident sound effects for bold projects.

Archetype SFX

Powerful, iconic sound effects for weighty films.

Save when you purchase Anticipation SFX, Statement SFX, and Archetype SFX together.

Save when you purchase Anticipation SFX, Statement SFX, and Archetype SFX together.

Portrait Light with Matt Ferreira

Portrait Light with Matt Ferreira

Portrait Light with Matt Ferr | From concept to capture

Matt Ferreira is a photographer, creative director & content creator, and a regular user of Lens Distortions effects. We caught up with Matt to learn about how he’s grown as an artist and how he brings concepts to life.

“Photography sort of came by accident. About three years ago I bought an intro DSLR camera with the purpose of shooting video. I instead ended up photographing people and places around me. I became enamored with learning more about photography. I searched the internet, sifted through blogs, and watched a ton of videos attempting to learn and apply new skills. It was a season of illumination. This season made me realize I was seeking this knowledge to enable me to capture things that were only in my head. I wanted to sharpen my skill set to enable me to tell better stories and capture meaningful images.

It all happened very quickly from here. What started as a hobby became a few small gigs, new found friendships, traveling opportunities, and eventually larger paid opportunities. It was a journey of hard work and persistence but one that came organically.” 

-Matt Ferr

Matt Ferr, Connecticut based Photographer

Your photography has a subtle ethereal feel to it. What’s been your approach in arriving at this style?

I ended up developing my style naturally by experimenting with how to visually bring to life ideas that were in my head. A lot of times that meant avoiding what’s easy and instead executing concepts that were difficult to shoot or edit.

I approach a photo hoping to capture the emotion, energy, and life of a moment. I want my photo to move people… make you feel like you’re there.

It’s tough to pinpoint what does that in every photo. It can come in the form of expressive movement, gorgeous environments with people, a laugh, captivating eyes, creative lighting, unique effects, a color palette, etc.

 

Matt Ferr, Connecticut based Photographer
“Between the composition, execution, and editing you can find the fingerprint of a photographer.”

What’s your philosophy on editing and using effects?

Editing brings out the character and personality of an image and allows me to visually brand my work. Between the composition, execution, and editing you can find the fingerprint of a photographer. 

After careful photo selection, I like to edit from scratch. It’s not always the case; I have some basic starting points built into presets that can get me going in the right direction, but in general, every photo has unique colors and lighting scenarios you have to account for. I love making shifts in HSL, tone curves, and split toning to achieve my own unique flavor to an image.

A lot of the effects in my photos are shot in camera using a variety of shooting techniques but on occasion adding something in post can really enhance the image. If I do add effects in post I usually shoot those effects and add them in. I do this to maintain the organic quality of the effect. Lens Distortions is the only alternative effects I’ve ever used in photos and that’s primarily because they’re real and high quality.

Tell us about what effects you used on this shoot and how that plays into the overall goal of the images.

One of the signatures of my work is harnessing and manipulating light in images. It’s a prevailing theme that I love experimenting with. Lens Distortions’ Light Hits are an unbelievable tool for the job. Since these effects are sun/lens flares I like to use them in scenarios which would warrant that. So if the image has a sun or large light source it’s usually a good candidate for the effects.

In these photos, I captured the subject using the sun as a backlight. This can produce a nice glow outlining the subject. You can enhance this glow with warm Light Hits or even add flares. Lens flares can be captured in camera by letting your light source peak out from behind the subject but the results can vary. Sometimes the flare can be overwhelming, distracting or potentially confuse your lens AF causing soft focus shots. Adding the flare in post can avoid those issues maintaining a sharp image while keeping the look organic.

Matt Ferr, Connecticut based Photographer

What advice would you give to Lens Distortions users on implementing the effects?

  1. Use the effects in moderation: These effects can add an element of magic to your image but if overused on one single photo it can look a bit gimmicky.
  2. Fine-tune the effect: The easiest way to use the effect is simply using them as-is, but this isn’t ideal. Resize the effect, mask some of it away, color correct it to match your overall image, and subtly add multiples. Doing this gives you infinite uses for the effects.
  3. Apply effects before your look: If you apply the effect after your image is fully edited it can look out of place. The colors and luminance might not match. Instead, add the effect to the raw image and then apply your edits so the effects are part of the look. The goal is to make the effect look seamless.

In general, my philosophy on editing is to do what feels right to you and moves you. Editing is highly subjective, especially in the realm of art. Experiment with the tools you have to capture and edit an image and find what you love.

See more of Matt’s work on Instagram @matt.ferr or on mattferr.com

Matt Ferr, Connecticut based Photographer

Statement Sound Effects

Statement Sound Effects

Statement SFX | A modern sound effects library for bold, impactful projects

Introducing Statement SFX, the latest library of sound effects from Lens Distortions. Our first two sound effects libraries, Archetype and Anticipation, focus on dark weighty and bright hopeful styles respectively.

Statement SFX sits somewhere in the middle of the spectrum and is perfect for your bold projects that need to communicate significance.

Statement SFX

Cinematic Sound Effects

Capture the Imagination

Impactful films always leverage sound to capture our imagination. Cutting edge brand pieces, innovative product launches, and revolutionary campaigns evoke more emotion by using meaningful sound design.

The sounds in this library are modern, bold, and clean with just a hint of futurism. Between powerful effects to punctuate big moments and subtle nuances to tease out emotion, Statement SFX gives you the essential sounds to make your mark.

A Curated Library

Rather than bombard you with quantity, we believe that it’s better to provide an organized set of the best and most useful effects… sounds that work great on their own and play well with each other.

You can use Statement SFX to create entire custom soundscapes at the heart of your films or simply to supplement the audio in any project. 

Overview

 

6 Distinct Categories

With 120 original effects across 6 categories, you’ll be able to quickly find the perfect sounds. 

Having a diverse set of categories is a great starting point. Having variations of each sound opens a world of possibilities. Each sound comes in four variations: Normal, Distortion, Silk, and Space.

The Distortion variations drastically increase the impact of a sound. The Silk variations are smoother and more subtle. The Space variations feel super ambient and airy. 

Professional Grade

Inspiring sound design is now attainable for filmmakers at every level of the game. The sounds are professionally mastered and compatible with all major editing platforms, including Adobe Premiere, Final Cut X, DaVinci Resolve, and more.

Statement SFX

Cinematic Sound Effects Library

Features

  • 120 Original Sound Effects
  • 6 Distinct Categories
  • 480 Variations
  • Mastered for professional use
  • WAV – 96000hz (5.5GB)
  • MP3 – 48000hz (377MB)
  • Royalty Free

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Features

  • 120 Original Sound Effects
  • 480 Variations
  • 6 Distinct Categories
  • Mastered for professional use
  • WAV – 96000hz (5.5GB)
  • MP3 – 48000hz (377MB)
  • Royalty Free

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Snow for Video

Snow for Video

Snow for Video | Immersive snowfall with ethereal movement
Study the work of Hollywood’s most revered filmmakers and you’ll notice they don’t just tell stories, they create worlds. And these aren’t just worlds the characters live in, but worlds the viewer is viscerally caught up in too.

Time and time again we’ve witnessed how great directors use snow in particular to create a feeling of transcendence. We wanted to make this powerful filmmaking aesthetic available to you in an easy-to-use format.

To pull this off, we worked with the visual experts behind the snow scenes in many of today’s top films and series, including a wildly popular medieval fantasy epic. The result — the most iconic snow effects library available today.

These aren’t your run-of-the-mill fairy tale snow effects. Snow can be romantic, and this pack includes some of the classic styles you’d expect, but it goes beyond the whimsical to the cinematic.

Snow

Immersive snowfall with ethereal movement
(Also available for Photoshop here.)

Extremely Versatile
You can use these filters in a wide range of circumstances, even on shots that aren’t explicitly snowy to start with.

This is not about creating a cliche winter scene, but about tying disparate shots together to make them feel like they’re all part of the same world.

When snow is falling across a sequence of shots, your audience knows everything is somehow connected.

Overview

Normal Speed + Slow Motion
Odds are, you’re shooting both 24p and 60p on a regular basis, and this library has you covered for both.

As a general rule, you’ll want to use normal speed effects on footage that is 24p – 30p and the slow-motion effects on any footage above 48p. It certainly doesn’t have to be an exact match… you have a lot of creative freedom.

A Curated Library
The library contains 120 effects, organized into two main categories: Normal Speed and Slow Motion. Each category includes 4 distinct styles.

NS – 01 Classic

Steady downfall just as you’d expect.

NS – 02 Ethereal

Flurries that seem to have a mind of their own. Gusting in various directions to create an encompassing cinematic feel.

NS – 03 Weightless

Floating upward as much as downward and plenty of side to side. These filters seem to hang in the air effortlessly.

NS – 04 Intense

A frenzy of movement and near whiteout conditions.

SL – 01 Classic

Steady downfall just as you’d expect.

SL – 02 Ethereal

Flurries that seem to have a mind of their own. Gusting in various directions to create an encompassing cinematic feel.

SL – 03 Weightless

Floating upward as much as downward and plenty of side to side. These filters seem to hang in the air effortlessly.

SL – 04 Intense

A frenzy of movement and near whiteout conditions.

 

Tutorial: Using Snow Adobe Premiere

Learn how to import Snow effects, add them to your footage, and use a simple luma matte technique in Adobe Premiere.

Tutorial: Using Snow in Final Cut Pro X

Learn how to organize your library, add Snow effects to your footage and use a simple luma matte technique in Final Cut.

Snow

Immersive snowfall with ethereal movement

Features

  • Includes 120 curated clips
  • Normal Speed and Slow Motion
  • 4 Distinct Categories
  • Compatible with all major video platforms, including Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, and DaVinci Resolve.
  • 4K ProRes: 22.4GB
  • 4K H264: 6.8GB
  • 2K ProRes: 8.2GB
  • 2K H264: 3.9GB
  • Royalty Free

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Features

  • Includes 120 curated clips
  • Normal Speed and Slow Motion
  • 4 Distinct Categories
  • Compatible with all major video platforms, including Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, and DaVinci Resolve.
  • 4K ProRes: 22.4GB
  • 4K H264: 6.8GB
  • 2K ProRes: 8.2GB
  • 2K H264: 3.9GB
  • Royalty Free

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Snow 2K

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Snow 4K

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Snow 2K
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Matt Komo – Cinematic Editing Tutorials for Visual Effects and Sound Design

Matt Komo – Cinematic Editing Tutorials for Visual Effects and Sound Design

Matt Komo | A behind the scenes look at his cinematic editing techniques

Most people know of Matt Komo from his iconic personal YouTube and Instagram channels, but many don’t know he is also a sought-after content creator behind the camera for some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry and many global brands. He has worked with the likes of MTV, The Chainsmokers, Steve Aoki, Martin Garrix, and with innovative companies like MVMT and GoPro.

Komo’s been a long-time user of Lens Distortions® effects and most recently used our glass overlays and sound design libraries prominently in his film from Sequoia National Park.

Read on for some backstory on this project and an in-depth look at some of Komo’s editing techniques. In the tutorials below, he shares some very clever use cases for visual effects and a full breakdown of how he did the sound design in his Sequoia project.

“It’s the delicate blend of planning vs impromptu filmmaking that makes a travel film.”

You travel all over the world for projects. What inspired a trip so close to home?

I love traveling and have been to quite a few places but some of my most memorable experiences have been from road trips. You go into them with no expectations and a general plan, then you let life unfold itself and you document it. We definitely got lost a few times exploring around, haha, but that’s what makes these trips so fun.

Can you tell us a bit more about your pre-production process? 

Every film starts with an idea, a story you want to tell. A shot list is always made with the end edit in mind.  Because the flow of the film needs to be seamless it’s extremely important to not only get shots that connect with one another but also progress the story forward.  With that being said, there is also an element of improvising.  Its the delicate blend of planning vs impromptu filmmaking that makes a travel film.

What gear did you use on the Sequoia Nation Park road trip?

We had a decently light setup for the shoot. Our main camera was a Sony A7riii with a few different lenses; a 16-35mm 2.8. a 35mm 1.4, 85mm 1.4, and a 50mm 1.4. For the vlogging sections I used a Sony RX100 MK V and the drone shots were captured with a Phantom 4 Pro.

I stick to the Adobe Suite of products. Everything is cut in Premiere Pro, this is where the story and flow come together. For adding any special effects I will use After Effects, and then all my voiceover work is recorded in Audition.

Tutorial: Matt Komo on Visual Effects

Learn Komo’s overall approach to VFX and some of his best tips on editing for visual impact.

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Tutorial: Matt Komo on SFX

A step-by-step breakdown of how Komo did the sound design for his Sequoia National Park film.

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“It’s a long road and the ones who stay in it and succeed are the ones who genuinely love what they are doing.”

How important is thoughtful sound design in a film?

Sound is everything.  It’s so important in taking your visuals to the next level.  I always say a visual on its own lives in a 2D space, but with sophisticated sound design, you can transport that image into a 3D world.

What’s your overall philosophy on using effects?

I love effects when they are used tastefully.  Meaning, if they help enhance your image or are used in a way to progress your story forward I’m all for it.  Its when they are littered into every other cut that it will begin to distract the viewer from the story you are trying to tell.

What advice do you have for up-and-coming filmmakers?

Learn something new every day and experiment.  Your style will evolve, but more importantly, you’ll find it through putting out a volume of work.   Make sure you love the process, its a long road and the ones who stay in it and succeed are the ones who genuinely love what they are doing. It’s like that with everything though, not just filmmaking.

Making films and telling stories, it’s a great lifestyle to live and should be enjoyed.

Optically captured effects for filmmakers and VFX artists.

Curated audio libraries for filmmakers and pro editors.

Optically captured effects for filmmakers and VFX artists.

Curated audio libraries for filmmakers and pro editors.

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