A short introduction to recording sound for film
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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What is the course about?
On this practical short course emphasis will be on learning to recognise good quality sound and understanding the equipment you will need in order to achieve this. You will learn the use of different microphones and sound recorders and be able to identify which ones you’ll need in different recording situations. You will learn how to improve your sound through selection and positioning of microphones and be able to determine best sound quality through reading sound recording levels. You will also learn to use basic sound terminology and common filmmaking language during the exercises.
What will we cover?
- Basic sound recording situations and techniques
- Basic sound equipment and their uses
- Planning for sound recording
- Sound levels and good quality sound
- Practical sound recording and importing the audio to computer
- Sound terminology and film language.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Recognise good sound quality and be able to read sound recording level meter.
- Record sound using basic sound equipment
- Understand the difference between commonly used sound file formats
- Import sound from digital sound recorder to computer
- Understand the basic sound recording set up and plan ahead for a film shoot
- Understand basic sound terminology and common film language.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a beginners course. You don’t need experience in sound editing as the course covers the basics. Some filmmaking experience would be helpful but not necessary.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through demonstrations, practical exercises and individual and group guidance and handouts. Please note the City Lit uses Apple Mac computers in digital film making courses.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
The latest professional equipment and software are available for your use throughout the course. It would be useful to bring a memory stick (or portable hard drive – please note PC formatted hard drives can be read by Apple mac computers, but not written to.)
You may wish to bring a notebook and pen.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You can further develop your skills and interest in Sound editing through a range of courses at the City Lit in digital film and editing courses. You can also enhance your work through a range of sound design courses at city lit.
Monika Kita is an artist and filmmaker. Video installation, sound and photography form her practice and works have been shown at festivals and exhibitions across the UK, Europe, and South America, including Museum of Contemporary Art of Oaxaca, BBC Shorts, East End Film Festival and Venice Biennale. Teaching is an integral part of her practice. Her flexible approach encourages connection between conception, making and materials, recognising spontaneity and liberation to be at the ‘beating heart’ of practice and pedagogy.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.