Guided by an Oscar and Emmy-winning sound designer, discover the hidden art of sound design.

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NOTE: This class will be held in an online format using the Zoom Platform. 
Class meets Daily 10am-6pm EDT

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.

While the primary emphasis of the workshop is to explore the art, craft and theory behind effective sound design, students wishing to engage in more nuanced exercises will benefit from having Pro Tools software installed on their home computers.  Even so, students without experience in ProTools are fully welcome to take the class and explore the creative possibilities of sound design.  In addition to participating in the lectures and discussion, those students are welcome to experiment with sound design using software they are familiar with (i.e. Adobe Premiere).  As the week is about artistic growth and stretching perception of what sound design can bring to a dramatic experience, the instructor does not want a specific software to be a barrier to anyone wishing to participate.

For those wishing to use Pro Tools,  a free trial version may be downloaded at:

Please note: Participants might incur streaming rental costs of $10-20 to watch assigned films at home.

Image Credit: Jen Hoffer

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Instructor: Eugene Gearty

Eugene Gearty is an Oscar and Emmy-winning sound designer and sound editor. He has worked extensively with Martin Scorsese, Joel & Ethan Coen, Spike Lee, Ang Lee, Jim Jarmusch, Barry Sonnenfeld, and Jonathan Demme. He won an Oscar for Best Sound Editing for Martin Scorsese’s film, HUGO, and an Emmy for his work on BOARDWALK EMPIRE. His more than 100 credits include THE IRISHMAN, FARGO, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, DO THE RIGHT THING, LIFE OF PI, GANGS OF NEW YORK, O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?, CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON, MARY POPPINS RETURNS, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, INSIDE MAN, MEN IN BLACK, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, MALCOLM X, CASINO, BELOVED, and the Brian Wilson biopic LOVE & MERCY. Shortly after graduating from the Berklee College of Music, he became one of the first digital sound editor/designers in the film industry, pioneering the use of the ACCESS and the Synclavier systems in creating sound effects for such films as SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, DO THE RIGHT THING and MEN IN BLACK.