MI4005 - Sound and Post Production 1

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What will I learn on this module?

Sound and Post Production 1 aims to introduce you to the considerations and definitions surrounding sound and post production in film production.

Sound is an often overlooked aspect of film production, but it is a powerful tool in adding resonance to productions and also needs to be technically precise.

This introductory module looks at the place of sound in your understanding of film projects, it covers technical sound theory and engages with the practicalities of effective sound recording and basic mixing.

Editing is one of the key skills in delivering projects and this module introduces you to non linear editing platforms, in workshops that include the architecture of the platforms, workflows, basic editing techniques and delivery formats.

You will make a ‘soundscape’ to discover the potential of sound and also attend editing workshops to become conversant with the processes of editing.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn about the subject by attending lectures and workshops with technical demonstration and studio workstation project work.

The lectures and workshops will consist of two-hour sessions, which will enable the tutor to discuss with you, the key components of sound and post, in this context. Technical demonstrators will introduce you to the basic technology of sound and post production.

The workshops will be structured to reflect the core issues and themes of the module.

Lecture materials, seminar guidelines and module information will be placed upon the e-Learning Portal.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Developing the precise technical skills to deliver film and TV projects must be placed in a contextual and creative framework in order to add value to your learning, and the lecture/workshop delivery of this module is designed to do this. An Avid (video and audio production technology) test, following in depth workshop training, gives you the confidence to operate editing platforms expertly while the lectures provide you with the considerations, approaches and philosophy that underpin best practice in the subject area.
In testing you individually, you are prepared for deeper engagement with editing platforms.

The group ‘soundscape’ project approaches the world of audio through workshops in the science of sound and basic recording and mixing. This is a creative project contextualised through lectures and you will receive verbal feedback as you perform exercises in the workshops and in discussion about the ‘soundscape’ production. There will be the opportunity to present a draft version of your projects for peer review and formative feedback in class.

You will then receive written feedback on your final summative submissions which will detail areas that could be improved in future work. You will also be offered the opportunity to receive further verbal feedback, following this formal assessment, so that they can follow up any concerns you have regarding your critical development and future learning.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

1. Understand the basic key components that make up sound and post production practice

2. Understand the creative and critical context of sound and post production practice

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

3. Show how the creative and critical context underpin practice in the production of the ‘soundscape’.

4. Evidence technical skills in performing industry standard operation of the Avid platform including audio recording and mixing skills

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

5. Show engagement with group work and develop confidence in dealing with sound and post production technology to explore ideas

How will I be assessed?

Summative assessments will test skills of post production operation, sound recording and basic mixing as well as creative and critical understanding of the place of sound in creating imaginative sonic environments without image – all MLOs.

The post production skills are measured with a technical operation exam (1 hour) worth 40%. This in class test is modelled on the Avid Certification test and prepares you to go on to take the exam to achieve Avid Certification - MLOs 1, 3 and 4.

The sound skills are measured through the delivery of a practical portfolio of work in the form of a ‘soundscape’ incorporating the recording of sound giving objects and sound effects into a manipulated timeline to create ‘atmosphere’ in answer to a brief worth 60% - all MLOs addressed here.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

Sound is the ‘Cinderella of Filmmaking’, often neglected and left as an afterthought - but it can be up to 70% of our experience of Film and TV productions. Francis Ford Coppola says that ‘The essence of cinema is editing…images put together in a kind of alchemy’ and here you are introduced to the considerations and definitions that surround sound and post production. You will explore the place of sound in your understanding as a creative tool, as well as one that needs to be technically precise. You will be introduced to Avid non linear editing, by certified instructors, in preparation for you to gain the Avid certificate. This module lays the sound and post foundation and you will gain competencies and confidence in dealing with this essential part of making great films and TV productions.

Course info

UCAS Code P310

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Arts

Location Lipman Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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