Sound for Video: From Location to Post-Production


Some filmmakers mistakenly believe that all sound mistakes can be fixed in post-production. This class challenges that assumption, and gives participants the tools to master location sound recording and coverage. Students will learn how to choose and use equipment, including lavaliers and booms for interviews; monitor sound levels; and experiment with sound field recording, as well as post-production sound design. After reviewing the basics of sound, acoustics, and psychoacoustics, the course will engage in a series of practical exercises related to every stage of production. As a final project, each student will make a video portrait by creating a soundtrack and then adding images. By reversing the standard process and putting emphasis on sound rather than images, students will master the art of sound acquisition while learning to think creatively about about the aesthetics of sound and image. (16 hours/All levels)

Sonja Bertucci is a Los Angeles–based filmmaker and scholar. She holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts, as well as a Ph.D. in French and Film Studies from UC Berkeley. Originally from France, she has taught at numerous institutions of higher learning in the United States, including UC Berkeley, Duke University, Miami University, and Concordia College. At Berkeley, her dissertation focused on intermediality in the works of Proust and Godard. Her creative work embodies a poetic-experimental approach to documentary filmmaking. She recently completed her first feature-length documentary, Stranger from Within, a personal and political film about Serbian culture in Kosovo, which premiered at Beldocs in May 2015 and received the Special Jury Award.


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