ben_collinssound is half the film, without sound a film will turn out shitty
I dont think that sound is not important, I just think that if you add extra sound effects it is incredibly cheesy and lame. I think having a mic is the right way to add sound to your edits. I watched the Warren Miller movie that came out this year and it had lots of extra wooshing noises during many of the snow motion shots and it just makes for a very gapery feel
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It's all in the subtleties. You'll always go overkill on any sound design when you first start toying with it but when you're thinking about it more during shooting/when you're getting inspired, you'll be better while editing and consequently it'll be subtle but very powerful.
Lowpass filters, EQ, and time stretch are your biggest friends. The more you single out the frequencies you want heard the more subtle and powerful they can become.
It is also important to remember to mix everything accordingly. Many people just layer and layer with out consideration of the conflict in frequencies. If you are adding a ton of low end with your sound design you may need to take away some low end from your music. If you want to have some sound design, a track and voice you need to take away a lot of frequencies and really focus on what you want each sound to be making. Having a muddy mix can make even great sound design sound dull and confusing. Remember there is only so much space in the mix it cant all be overlapping and conflicting with each other.