Hearing is our most prominent sense: give yourself an edge and create a solid foundation for the advanced use of sound in all of your projects. The 32-city North American Sound Advice Tour: Audio for Filmmakers workshop is coming to Sydney! Designed specifically for filmmakers and video editors, this all-day workshop will teach you expert techniques for working with audio at every stage of your film. From recording to mixing, to fixing problems in post, cutting dialogue, and adding sizzle with sound effects, you will acquire new skills and learn how to use powerful yet inexpensive tools that will expand your audio expertise.
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Sound Recording

3 Hours

  • Microphone choice and placement
  • Field and studio recording
  • Recording in stereo or surround
  • Proper recording sets yourself
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Sound is 50 percent of the movie going experience, and I’ve always believed audiences are moved and excited by what they hear in my movies at least as much as by what they see.

Sound Editing

1 Hour

  • Understanding of audio formats
  • Proper dialogue editing
  • Automatic Dialogue Replacement (ADR)
  • Organizing metadata
  • How to level sounds
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The eye sees better when the sound is great.
- Steven Spielberg

Sound Effects

1 Hour

  • How to choose what effects you’ll need
  • When to record or when to use libraries
  • How to recording effects and natural sounds in the field
  • When to record in mono, stereo, or surround
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Video without audio is just surveillance.
- David Scally, AES


.5 Hours

  • How to choose music , evaluate mood and emotion
  • Choose music that is compatible with your sound design
  • How to commission original music on a budget
  • How to cut to the music
  • Benefits of editing
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In the same way that painting, or looking at paintings, makes you see the world in a different way, listening to interestingly-arranged sounds makes you see a film differently.
- Walter Murch

Sound Mixing

1 Hour

  • When and how to use reverb, delay, and distortion
  • How to EQ, restore, normalize, and level all of your tracks
  • Automation and using faders
  • Introduction to a variety of control surfaces
  • Introduction to routing, bussing, and mixing for 5.1 surround.
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Films are 50 percent visual and 50 percent sound. Sometimes sound even overplays the visual.
- David Lynch

Sound Design

.5 Hours

  • The process of sound design
  • Expand imagination by creating invented audio representations of visual events
  • Learn to add sound elements that weren’t present during recording
  • Using a keyboard to create sounds from scratch
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Sound has the power to make up for substandard visuals, but great cinematography can ever overcome bad audio.
- Ross Hockrow

Sound Inspiration

1 Hour

  • Breaking down scenes from monumental movies
  • Analyze and dissect sound design and literally hear films differently
  • Incorporate new techniques and ideas
  • Editing, mixing, and designing your own projects
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