Acquire and hone all the skill you need to design, record, mix and edit the sound for film and video.


Quite often the quality of sound is the most under-appreciated aspect of filmmaking. The truth is that photography and sound are the two most important tools in storytelling. This is a workshop for those who want to acquire the technical knowledge and set procedures required of professional sound recordists and mixers in a wide range of field productions. The class covers all of the necessary equipment, set procedures and techniques for recording and mixing sound in the field. There are lectures, demonstrations and hands-on field exercises. Students develop their own sound aesthetic and learn how to work with various microphones, digital recorders, booms and support equipment to create a 'sound environment' for a variety of film and video productions. Set procedures, protocol, etiquette and methodology for sound mixing in the field, along with tips for recording sound effects and dialogue are covered. The goals are to develop an ear for sound, acquire the necessary technical skills and insight for creative problem solving, and gain an understanding of what is required of a professional production sound recordist/mixer.

Workshop sponsored by: 


Richard Lightstone

Richard Lightstone began his career in film sound mixing in Montreal, Canada in 1971. Receiving four Genie nominations from the Academy of Canadian Cinema, Why Shoot The Teacher 1977, The Third Walker 1978, Meatballs 1980 and Draw 1985.

Mr. Lightstone relocated to Los Angeles in 1983, where he continues his career in Production Sound Mixing. Some of Richard’s television credits include The Night Stalker, Dirty Sexy Money and Lost.

Mr. Lightstone’s feature film credits include The Terminator, Agnes of God, Children of a Lesser God, Cocktail, Stanley & Iris, The Freshman, Mermaids, Don Juan DeMarco, Milk Money, Outbreak, A Thousand Acres, Life As A House and Home of The Brave.

Richard served as the President of the Cinema Audio Society (2003 – 2006) after nineteen years on the board of directors. Mr. Lightstone is currently a board member of IATSE Local 695 and co-editor of the 695 Quarterly magazine.

Course Dates

Sep 28 to Oct 4



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