Guided by an Oscar-winner, acquire and hone all the skills you need to design, record, mix and edit the sound for film and video

Sep 13, 2020 - Sep 19, 2020

Levels: Beginner, Intermediate,
Workshop Fee: $1595
Class Size: 14 (Max)

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.

Led by an Oscar-Winning Production Sound Mixer, the workshop covers all of the necessary equipment, set procedures and techniques for recording and mixing sound in the field. Students learn to appreciate the protocol common to all TV and movies, the importance of inter-departmental communication and cooperation, and the benefits of audio societies and union membership. Through lectures, demonstrations and hands-on field exercises student learn the correct use and function of equipment, the correct political and working protools, and the physical and sonic challenges of working on location.

Students explore the varied situations a sound mixer encounters working in the field, from car shots, camera cars, noisy environments, wireless miking, overhead booming to working with females and children. 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.

Throughout the week, students develop an ear for sound, acquire the necessary technical skills and insight for creative problem solving, and to gain an understanding of what is required of a professional production sound recordist/mixer.

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Mark Ulano Interview – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

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Instructor: Mark Ulano

An Oscar-winning production sound mixer, Mark Ulano has been recording sound for film professionally since 1976.  His work on TITANIC won him an Academy Award for Sound Mixing as well as the Cinema Audio Society Award for Best Sound mixing for a Feature Film. He was also Oscar-nominated for ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, INGLORIOUS BASTERDS, and AD ASTRA.  His other credits include THE HATEFUL EIGHT, DJANGO UNCHAINED, KILL BILL VOLS. I & 2, JACKIE BROWN, IRON MAN, IRON MAN 2, COWBOYS & ALIENS, THE MASTER, WEDDING CRASHERS and over one hundred other films. He has had a 25 year collaboration with Quentin Tarantino. Mr. Ulano has served five terms as president of IATSE Local 695 (the film sound union) He is also in the final stages of completing a comprehensive text on the work of Production Sound Mixing.  He has authored over 50 articles, interviews and reviews related to Production Sound Mixing. He has frequently been a guest speaker at sound symposiums internationally, including The Directors Guild of America, the Rycote World Sound Symposium, The Norwegian Bjoksjo Sound Symposium, The Beijing Film Academy, Digital Video Expo, AES and Cinema Audio Society.