The incredible sense of humour of sound designers for movies


What is: The funniest stories on the origins of some famous sounds in movies.

Amazing idea: A list of videos with detailed explanations is shown in order to demonstrate the creativity of sound professionals in the field of sound effects.

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Gianpaolo D'Amico

Editor-in-chief at sounDesign
Gianpaolo D'Amico is an independent creative technologist for digital media. He is the founder of sounDesign and a music obsessed since he was 0 years old.


  1. Hello,

    Thank you for using and linking my picture.
    But next time it would be nice if you respect little things like “all rights reserved” on the flickr-page or just be so kind to ask if it’s okay for me that you use my picture in this context. And instead of just linking to my flickr-Account you could have mentioned the artist right next to the picture…

    I know it’s the internet and copyright sucks. But as artists, as you both are, you should know better. Especially if it’s in a commercial context like your page seems to be.

    If you like, feel free to contact me via e-mail

  2. Hi Florian and Patrick
    I’m writing for the use of the picture and for your comments on my blog,

    the picture I used is not copied, but it is embedded in the page using
    the embed code of flickr, which is activated by the author himself of
    the picture, so I respected the guidelines correctly. If you don’t
    want people to embed the picture you must deactivate that feature.
    It’s up to you, not me.

    In addition: if you go over the image in the post you can see the
    tooltip with the author, the image and clicking you go directly to the
    original page of flickr. This is the correct behaviour of embedding
    code by Flickr. I am promoting your work among my readers, not
    stealing your work. I don’t need that.

    At the end my blog is not commercial, but it is personal. We are
    indipendent bloggers.

    tell me if you want to make excuses in the comments or not, this is
    the correct behaviour of the internet folks

    if not I will use another picture and erase yours, I respected all the
    rules and guidelines of Flickr.

    let me know


  3. Thank you for your quick answer Gianpolo.
    First: I didn’t mean to offend you in any way.
    It’s a little bit confusing that this is some kind of non-commercial of yours with a description like
    “The sounDesign team is available for events, workshops and professional consultancy related to the world of sound and audio design.”
    in your contacts.
    Now to the point with “up to you and up to me”. Well, it’s right that you can get the code to embed it. It’s a service of Flickr to make it easier for others to use the pictures. You could even download it in any size becaus it’s possible.
    But there is also this little thing called “license” above it, which has nothing to do with all the technical stuff around it, that says “All rights reserved” which, in my opinion says: “Hey, you like this? Okay, I just want to have control where my pictures are used. Just ask me, if it’s okay for me to use it in the way you want to use it.”
    If you click on “All rights reserved” under the share-Thing you get this from the Flickr FAQ:

    It says:

    “I’d like to use a photo I found on Flickr. How do I do that?


    Not all members have this enabled. If you don’t see it you can also contact the member directly. As a member of Flickr, you can move your mouse over someone’s buddy icon and click the little arrow to open the “person menu.” Then select “Send FlickrMail” and compose your message. When you contact a photographer, it’s best to include as much info as possible about the photo, yourself, and how you want to use the photo.”

    => Ask the artist!

    Finally it’s not about stealing the picture. It’s about using it. Maybe the “Licensing” is really the better term than “Copyright”.
    I appreciate that you like my work and I have no problem with you using it for your blog but pleasepleaseplease next time you see something which say “licensing” and “all rights reserverd” ask the owner.
    I can play a CD via webradio or show a DVD in public because it’s possible but the owner of the rights will sue me to the moon and back because my home-dvd is not licensed for renting or use in public.

    So from my side it’s up to you if you still want to use it. But please next time: Ask! 😉


  4. Hi Hazamel, these are some quick answers:

    – we give our experience on sound and audio design professionals, not as photographers. This is a blog and not an agency which sells photographic contents. You can say that I’m commercial if I use your image in a product that I’m selling. I’m using your image in a post telling a story and linking to it. These are posts of a blog.

    – read this:
    here you can see that sharing and download code features can be activated by the author, it’s not automatic

    – if you want people to surely notify you about the asking the permission to embed (not use, to use is different from to embed….) of your work, you must add this: “Request to license” link below the copyright license in your picture. In this way people is sure about asking you to embed the photo.

    It’s not so clear in law about copyright and embedding, but I did things in a very clear and correct way, because using the embed code of flickr you can see my embedding in your statistics features, so you know that it is embedded. It would be very bad if I did not insert the link to your page…


  5. Just curious Hazamel,

    Did you get copyright permission from George Lucas and the folks at Lego before you put your photo on Flickr?

    The world is too small and time is too short for this kind of sniping. ‘Copyrights’ as we knew them are now so very 20th century. That’s not all good, but it is the way it is.


  6. Hazamel is right about you needing to ask the author in order to use the photo. It does not matter if it is embedded. It still uses the photo on a new website. It also does not matter that you are using it in a non-commercial way. The fair-use doctrine only allows for use in news, education, documentary, and parody. Hazamel does not have to ask George Lucas and Lego permission to post this photo on Flickr because the photo is a parody. This is how copyright law works. Look it up.

  7. This discussion is useless for the people who can learn something useful about this issue, but if you don’t insert links or precise documents with rules and serious guidelines.

    Sorry George Lucas (I’m sure that you’ll never answer back, because of your name and your quick explanations), but what is this post about? Is it or not a news?

    Please find and link a document in which embedding allowed by the author means copyright violation. As I explained I used correctly the rules of Flickr platfom.

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