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Sound for the Documentary


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Tower 310

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Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday



Sound can arguably be more powerful than picture for conveying meaning or mood in film. Decisions that have to do with content, tone, clarity, use of music, narration, and ambience all impact how we view and understand film. In this class, we will listen to and analyze a wide variety of examples of approaches to sound to gain an understanding of what constitutes successful sound for documentary. Through hands-on demonstrations (mics, recorders, editing software and mixing techniques, lab assignments, and more listening, students will discover how to connect what is desirable in a doc with the many commonly available tools for obtaining it, editing it, and presenting it in their own work. Prerequisite: Students must have basic digital editing skills.


This class has ended.

Eric Masunaga is a composer, sound recordist and sound mixer, who has worked on location, on set and in post-production, on feature films and documentaries. For the past 10 years he has been the Finishing Supervisor of Modulus Studios LLC., a picture mastering and 5.1 surround mixing facility based in Brighton, MA.