Explore the creative and technical aspects of taking your audio to a new and powerful level in post production.

Aug 26, 2024 - Aug 30, 2024

Levels: Beginner, Intermediate,
Workshop Fee: $1450
Workshop Duration: 1-week (Monday-Friday)
Workshop Location: On-campus
Class Size: 12

For editors and filmmakers who want to examine the creative and practical aspects of achieving effective audio in post production, this workshop offers foundation-level training. We will explore how to make audio land with impact.

Audio Post Production is the general term for all stages of production happening between the actual recording on location or in a studio and the completion of a master recording. It involves field recording, production dialogue editing, ADR, sound design, Foley recording, and music editing and mixing (re-recording).

We’ll cover the essentials of post production audio recording, sound design, and audio mixing, and examine different techniques of creating sound design in the analog and digital domains by recording and manipulating Foley and found sounds. These techniques will help filmmakers branch out from dragging and dropping library sounds into their timelines.  We will also cover digital audio processing and gain staging as they relate to making effective mixes, how to prepare materials for mixes and much more.

Through case studies and experimentation with creating soundscapes, the class will explore how creative sound design can take a dramatic experience to a new and powerful level.

Instructor Walter Clissen teaching students Pro Tools for Audio Post Production.

Individual editors and filmmakers will be able to work with software they are familiar with (e.g. Adobe Premiere Pro, ProTools, etc.).

When students have completed this workshop,  they will be able to:

  •   Utilize Post Production Techniques
  •   Understand Field Recording
  •   Apply ADR
  •   Apply Foley
  •   Apply Sound Design

Course Requirements

Proficiency in a non-linear editing software of the student’s choice (Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro X, Avid Media Composer, etc.) is required.  Experience with ProTools is a plus but not required.

In addition to being offered on an individual basis, this workshop is also part of the Editing & Post-Production Intensive.

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Instructor: Charlie Van Kirk

Charlie van Kirk is an audio engineer and composer based in Maine.  His work has won awards from Sundance, London International, Sound on Sound Magazine, the Association of Music Producers (AMP), Ciclope, Clio, One Show Interactive, and others. In 2020, he was nominated for an Emmy as part of ESPN’s audio team for the broadcast of the U.S. Open. His productions have been featured on Splice, ABC, Spotify's Fresh Finds, The Guardian, WNYC, Brooklyn Vegan, The Drum and others. 

His work for advertising has appeared on content produced for Apple, BMW, Google, Facebook, Nike, The United Nations, National Geographic, Childline, Goodwill, KLM, Philips, Scotch & Soda, and many others. He has also contributed binaural recording and sound design for Virtual Reality projects commissioned by Mountain Dew and Patron.