Deconstructing the Soundtrack: A School of Sound Masterclass

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Deconstructing the Soundtrack: A School of Sound Masterclass

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Duration: 2 days (weekend)
Times: 9.30am-5.30pm
Capacity: Approx. 20-25 participants
Fee: £200 

LFS Workshops is proud to collaborate with The School of Sound on this two-day masterclass series. Building on the success of our recent sound courses, the sessions are aimed at those working in screen-based media, and offer three further perspectives on the use of sound and music in filmmaking.

Experts Larry Sider, Annabelle Pangborn and Stephen Deutsch will each deliver a half-day seminar demonstrating the interrelationship between sound, music, image and story. The programme will include a discussion of strategies and concepts for working with sound and music, from pre- to post-production.

With particular relevance for directors, writers and producers as well as sound designers, editors and composers.

Seminar Outlines

PROF. STEPHEN DEUTSCH: Putting Music in its Place

Setting a framework for the use of sound and music with image, Stephen Deutsch offers a new way of hearing music within the unified world of a film's soundtrack. Stephen is Professor of Post-Production at Bournemouth Media School. He is also a composer for television, film and theatre and Editor of The New Soundtrack Journal. Click here for full speaker profile.

LARRY SIDER: Sound Changes the Image

Larry Sider deconstructs the soundtrack showing how each component of sound expresses character, place and story. He describes how the practical application of these concepts positions the audience in relation to the screen and the narrative. Larry is Director of the School of Sound, as well as an editor, sound designer and visiting lecturer at film schools in the UK and Europe. He was formerly Head of Post-Production at the National Film and Television School. Click here for full speaker profile.

ANNABELLE PANGBORN: Giving the Film Back to the Audience

In choosing whether to use music or sound, Annabelle Pangborn analyses how music responds directly to a film’s narrative to create atmosphere, expression and mood. She shows how music connects the audience to a film’s subtext, confronting the audience with the reality of their feelings. Annabelle is Head of Editing, Sound and Music at the National Film and Television School. She is also a composer and sound designer. Click here for full speaker profile.

Case Studies and Q&A

In addition, the three tutors will also touch upon other media such as games, gallery work and dance. Time will be allowed for an in-depth, wide-ranging Q&A session where participants can discuss and get feedback on their own projects. (We will have time for a full Q&A/feedback session at the end of both days.)

“This is one of the best short courses I’ve been on, with a really high level of debate on the subjects covered. Having attended a few School of Sound events before, I had high expectations, which were entirely met. Very well organised, good structure and fantastic teachers.” Participant June 2010

"A most enlightening two days. It served to strengthen my real-life experiences, and opened doors to a wealth of interesting ideas.” Brett Hammond, Composer/ Sound Designer, Participant June 2010

Tutor profile: Larry Sider, Film Editor/Sound Designer


Larry Sider's workshops at LFS

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Larry Sider is Director of the School of Sound and from 2002-2006 was Head of Post-Production at the National Film and Television School (UK). He is a film editor and sound designer who has worked in documentary, animation and fiction. Most recently, he was Supervising Sound Editor for the Quay Brothers' The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes and Dave McKean's Mirrormask. Past projects include Patrick Keiller's London and Robinson in Space, Chris Austin's musical biography of jazz pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, The Brother With Perfect Timing, and Street of Crocodiles and Institute Benjamenta by the Quays. He has taught at numerous schools including the Royal College of Art, International Film School (Köln), European Film College (Ebeltoft), California Institute of the Arts, the Maurits Binger Institute and Bournemouth Media School. He is co-editor of Soundscape: The School of Sound Lectures 1998-2001 and The New Soundtrack Journal.