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Advanced Audio - TFT00047H

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  • Department: Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Sandra Pauletto
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21

Module summary

Interesting, exciting, original sound design has become, throughout the history of cinema and television, an increasingly important component of storytelling. It is an extremely creative and collaborative aspect of film and television production that requires imagination, intuition, the ability to communicate clearly new ideas to others as well as technical expertise. 

This module will focus on sharpening the analytical, perceptual, listening and creative skills required for producing innovative sound design to enhance film and television narratives through the analysis of excerpts of works, screenings, and creative sound exercises. It will also advance the understanding of the workflows, team collaboration and technical production skills required for producing professional audio soundtracks.  The module expands students' knowledge on sound production and postproduction to include surround sound workflows, together with the technical and creative skills involved in the production of surround sound soundtracks.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2020-21

Module aims

  • To develop student understanding of the perceptual elements and creative skills required for producing innovative sound design to enhance film and television narratives.
  • To develop the technical production skills required for producing professional audio soundtracks in a surround sound format.
  • To develop a thorough understanding of the production and postproduction workflows and team collaboration required for creating a professional film and television soundtrack.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate a good understanding of the requirements of quality production and post-production sound recording.
  • Understand the role and responsibilities of the sound designer, their relationship to the dubbing mixer and sound editor, and their position within the overall production framework.
  • Develop critical listening and mixing skills for dialog, music, foley and sound effects in multimedia productions.
  • Demonstrate good understanding of the translation from script to soundtrack design.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of sound effects creation through sound processing and synthesis.
  • Understand the industry standard post-production file exchange processes and workflows between video and audio.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of audio signal processing tools such as reverbs, compressors and EQ and their use in effectively creating the soundtrack.
  • Demonstrate the skills required to create pre-dub mixes, final mix and layback.

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
2000 Word Report
N/A 40
Practical
Full Soundtrack Production for Film Clip
N/A 50
Practical
Sound Effects Recording
N/A 10

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
2000 Word Report
N/A 40
Practical
Full Soundtrack Production for Film Clip
N/A 50
Practical
Sound Effects Recording
N/A 10

Module feedback

Students will receive written feedback on coursework assignments using a proforma identifying key requirements and marks awarded for each section of the assignment. This will be available within 20 working days of submission.

Indicative reading

Sonnenschein, D., Sound Design : The expressive power of music, voice, and sound effects in cinema, Studio City, Calif. : Michael Wiese Productions, 2001, ISBN 0941188264

Yewdall, D L, Practical Art of Motion Picture Sound, Focal Press, 2003, ISBN 0-240-80525-9

Wyatt, H and Amyes, T, Audio Post Production for Television and Film: An introduction to technology and techniques, Focal Press, 2003, ISBN 0-240-51947-7

Angell, D., Pro Tools for Film and Video Focal Press, 2009, ISBN: 979780240520773

Viers, Ric. (2008). The Sound Effects Bible: How to Create and Record Hollywood Style Sound Effects. Studio City, CA : Michael Wiese Productions, ISBN-10: 193290748

Ament, Vanessa Theme. (2009). The Foley Grail: The Art of Performing Sound for Film, Games, and Animation. Amsterdam ; London : Focal Press/Elsevier, ISBN-10: 0240811259



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