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Sat 18 Apr 2015, 9:30am–4:30pm
Sat 25 Apr 2015, 9:30am–4:30pm
Sat 2 May 2015, 9:30am–4:30pm

Where: Metro Screen, Corner of Oxford Street and Oatley Road, Paddington, New South Wales

Restrictions: 18+

Listed by: metro

Audiences may forgive visuals that are less polished, if the context is right, but they will never forgive bad sound. A film, TV show or web series with bad sound is perceived as cheap and amateurish. How do you make sure your sound is the best it can be and avoid your work sounding unprofessional? Through great location sound recording!

The Location Sound Recordist (also known as a Production Sound Mixer or simply Sound Mixer) has the difficult task of ensuring that the storytelling and the emotional impact of a screen story are conveyed through location sound (including dialogue), by navigating the sound challenges on productions, e.g. noisy equipment, environmental noise, noisy cameras, and camera moves that make microphone placement difficult.

This course is aimed at early-career screen practitioners, or screen practitioners in a different production area, who have an interest in location sound recording and perhaps in being the all-important Sound Recordist.

The course provides participants with a thorough overview of the role of the Sound Recordist, and practical tips on capturing the best sound possible for your screen story. Participants will learn how a savvy Location Sound Recordist avoids many problems, and huge expense in post-production, by making a great story idea into an amazing finished product. Through various practical exercises and case studies you will learn how to use your problem solving skills, creativity and attention to detail to gain a thorough understanding of this important role.

We Will Teach You:

- Role of the Location Sound Recordist
- Understanding the Producer and Director’s creative visions for sound
- Choosing microphones for the shoot, based on creative and budget factors
- Understanding the logistical requirements for microphone placement
- Location recce’s for sound issues
- Setting up equipment
- Choosing microphones for the scene
- Checking sound during rehearsals
- Boom operation
- Recording takes

Industry Tutor:

Nick Deacon has worked as an Editor and Sound Designer on Australian feature films, including ‘Soundtrack To War’, ‘Hunt Angels’, and ‘Rampage’. He has cut news, ads, documentaries, music videos and reality TV. He has also taught Final Cut Pro courses, worked at vh1 in New York, and VJ'd at Roskilde Festival in Denmark. He now teaches digital film and sound production, as well as doing live AV performances with AV band Circle Path.

Cost: $450 [Early Bird Discount $400 book by 30 Mar]