A spotting session is where the director and the audio team meet to discuss the sonic elements of a film. This usually means watching through the project and marking elements that need to be recorded/edited/created. Spotting for sound is an extremely important part of the sound design process, as it establishes a clear communication of the director’s vision to the audio team. It also allows you to make firm creative choices early on, leaving more time to spend on design/recording/editing, rather than correcting generalised notes.
Here are 5 key things to discuss with your director during a sound design spotting session.