Professional Sound Production 1
Name of lecturer(s)
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Students will understand the functions of the soundtrack in film and the basic techniques necessary to create a soundtrack – from planning to shooting to post-production.
Mode of study
There will be some theoretical discussion, but overall focus will be on practical considerations in recording and creating soundtracks for low-budget short films.
Lectures will be accompanied by examples taken from film and television, and book and internet references.
Prerequisites and co-requisites
Two parts, one in fall and another in spring, each with one class per week for four weeks (90 min lectures).
October 4 – introduction and discussion of basic film sound concepts; properties and aesthetics of sound; theory and elements of the film soundtrack; discussion of actual film production process at FAMU
October 18 – the voice in cinema: theory and many possible uses of dialogue and narration/voiceover
November 1 – tasks and responsibilities of the location sound recordist; microphones and digital recorders and how to use them;
working with music part 1
November 15 – basics of foley making and gathering; basics of editing and sound design; studio monitoring with headphones and speakers; short test
Recommended or required reading
Assessment methods and criteria
attendance (1 possible absence) + a short test
George Cremaschi was born in New York, where he studied music and composition. He has worked professionally as a musician, composer and recording engineer since the 1980s throughout the US, South America and Europe. He has appeared on over fifty commercially available recordings as a musician, and written and produced countless compositions and scores for many settings from solo to orchestra, electronics, film, dance, poetry and theater.
He works regularly with a variety of international and local groups, frequently participating in interdisciplinary site-specific collaborations with choreographers, video artists and light designers, and also is the co-founder and leader, with Petr Vrba, of Prague Improvisation Orchestra (PIO), a 15-member group working with a wide range of improvisational concepts.
In addition to teaching film sound production at FAMU since 2011, he is professor of sound art and sound production at Prague College and has been guest lecturer at conservatories in Belgrade, Brno, Malmö, Oakland, Prague, Tallinn and Vienna.
Schedule for winter semester 2018/2019:
Room No. 3
Class wil be Oct. 4, 18, Nov. 1, 15
Schedule for summer semester 2018/2019:
The schedule has not yet been prepared