Sound design is more than just sound effects. It is the entire aural environment of your movie. Sometimes, sound design can be simple — just one person talking. However, most of the time, it is layers of sound all carefully mixed together to provide a greater sense of reality to your images.

In this episode of 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss what sound design is and, using the same scene, provide four different examples of how the “feel” of a scene is influenced as the environment of sounds it contains changes. Then, they discuss some techniques you can use to improve your own sound design.