Sound Editing

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306SE ZK 2 26S English winter and summer

Subject guarantor

Václav FLEGL

Name of lecturer(s)

Václav FLEGL

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Adoption of priniciples and procedures in working with sound tracks.

Mode of study

Moderated discussions, free discussions, Media sample analyses, working on exercises.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Awareness of important sound functions in editing composition.

Course contents

An introduction to the principles and methods of sound editing.

Adoption of priniciples and procedures in working with sound tracks:

  1. The myth of self-saving contact recording (adding special flavor to a feature film or a documentary), danger of contact. Sound–image: counterpoint.
  2. Postsynchron – advantages and disadvantages. Sound plans (incuding dialogues).
  3. Music in film – leitmotif, characterization of characters, music as a dramaturgical factor. Work with archive music (knowledge of forms, development of motifs). Does music belong in a documentary? Chorus.
  4. Dialogue, voice-over, off-screen noise – influencing time-space.
  5. Creation of sound score, putting sound on various reels, mixing sheets – silence and sound detail.


Recommended or required reading

Practical Art of Motion Picture Sound

by David Yewdall

Paperback: 424 pages

Publisher: Focal Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (7 May 2003)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0240805259

ISBN-13: 978-0240805252

Invisible Storytellers: Voice-Over Narration in American Fiction Film

by Sarah Kozloff

Paperback: 167 pages

Publisher: University of California Press (November 3, 1989)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0520067932

ISBN-13: 978-0520067936

Sound Theory, Sound Practice (AFI Film Readers)

by Rick Altman

Paperback: 304 pages

Publisher: Routledge (June 30, 1992)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0415904579

ISBN-13: 978-0415904575

Assessment methods and criteria

Credit is awarded on the basis of:

Activity in the course


Development of the exercises

completion of the final exam

70% participation.



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