Discover the hidden art of sound design
July 28 - August 3
Explore how artful sound design can take your dramatic experience to a new and thrilling level. Through case studies and experimentation with creating soundscapes, you’ll never listen to sound the same way.
Remember the sound of the overhead fan becoming the blades of a helicopter in Apocalypse Now? Or the sound of an elevated train metronomically marking the tension in Michael Corleone’s head as he sat in a restaurant, about to become an assassin, in The Godfather? They were indelible examples of sound used in the service of heightening story and character. Not mere sound effects. And they didn’t happen by accident. They were designed.
While the process and tools of sound design will be covered in depth, more than anything this week is about exploring the creative dimensions of sound to heighten the impact of a film. You will create different soundscapes for scenes to examine how these choices change and intensify our perception of a moment. While the focus will be on sound design for film, the dynamics examined will also resonate for TV and web series.
You’ll explore how to design a film with sound in mind, how to analyze a script and determine where sound can help to tell the story. Through screenings of selected films, scenes, and sequences, you will deepen your ability to listen to how sound design amplifies your emotional experience. You’ll learn how to gauge whether a scene is best served by silence, sound effects, or music; and how many sonic elements are too much. The dynamics of working with a director will also be covered.
A knowledge of ProTools software basics is required for this class. If you are not taking Audio Post-Production the week before (where ProTools essentials will be taught), you might consider the 2-Day ProTools crash course workshop (July 27-28) that immediately precedes this class.
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