Sound Design: Creating Acoustic Worlds for the Screen
October 20, 2018 — October 20, 2018
Saturday, 10am - 4pm
Sound design is not about software, catchy music or cool sounding effects. It’s about emotional response: how a combination of dialogue, music, sound effects, designed sounds and backgrounds supports character development and the dramatic elements of the story. Why do certain sounds make us feel uneasy, scared, happy or sad? How do you determine what sounds will support your story and scenes? How do you decide if a particular character or prop should have a “signature” sound? When should you use music and when to use silence? Where can you get or create the sounds you hear in your imagination, and how do you combine or manipulate them for maximum effect?
This workshop will explore how powerful sound can be by looking deeply at different artistic choices and their influences the meaning of a scene. The different stages and workflow of sound design will be discussed in detail, from reading the script, to reviewing the rough cut and the final mix. The goal is to help you see the potential of sound in a new light and for you to gain a framework for creating a sound design plan for your own film. Remember: audiences will forgive bad lighting and camerawork. They won’t forgive bad sound.
“Sound is an excellent carrier of emotion. And film is about emotion.” – Gary Rydstrom, sound designer, Saving Private Ryan, Jurassic Park, (winner 7 Academy Awards)
KELLEY BAKER was the Sound Designer on Gus Van Sant’s early films (including My Own Private Idaho, Good Will Hunting, and Finding Forester) and Todd Haynes’ Far From Heaven, as well as independent features, animated films, network television specials and his own three features, (Birddog, The Gas Café & Kicking Bird). He holds a BA and MFA in film from USC and is the author of Road Dog and The Angry Filmmaker Survival Guide: Part One & Part Two. His many independent shorts and documentaries have aired on PBS, Canadian and Australian television, and have been shown at Film Festivals including London, Sydney, Annecy, Sao Paulo, Sundance, Chicago, Aspen, Mill Valley and Edinburgh. Based in Portland his entire career, he presents this popular workshop at colleges, universities and conferences across the country.