Acquire and hone all the skills you need to design, record, mix and edit the sound for film and video.

Quite often the quality of sound is the most under-appreciated aspect of filmmaking. The truth is that photography and sound are the two most important tools in storytelling. This is a workshop for those who want to acquire the technical knowledge and set procedures required of professional sound recordists and mixers in a wide range of field productions.

The workshop covers all of the necessary equipment, set procedures and techniques for recording and mixing sound in the field. Students learn to appreciate the protocol common to all TV and movies, the importance of inter-departmental communication and cooperation, and the benefits of audio societies and union membership. Through lectures, demonstrations and hands-on field exercises student learn the correct use and function of equipment, the correct political and working protools, and the physical and sonic challenges of working on location.

Students explore the varied situations a sound mixer encounters working in the field, from car shots, camera cars, noisy environments, wireless miking, overhead booming to working with females and children. Students develop their own sound aesthetic and learn how to work with various microphones, digital recorders, booms and support equipment to create a 'sound environment' for a variety of film and video productions.

Throughout the week, students develop an ear for sound, acquire the necessary technical skills and insight for creative problem solving, and to gain an understanding of what is required of a professional production sound recordist/mixer.

Workshop sponsored by: 


Mark Ulano

Mark Ulano has been recording sound for film professionally since 1976. He has frequently been a guest speaker at sound symposiums internationally, including The Directors Guild of America, the Rycote World Sound Symposium, The Norwegian Bjoksjo Sound Symposium, The Beijing Film Academy, Digital Video Expo, AES, and CAS. His work on Titanic won him an Academy Award for Sound Mixing as well as the Cinema Audio Society Award for Best Sound mixing for a Feature Film, and he was recently nominated for an Oscar for his work on Inglourious Basterds, as well as another CAS nomination for sound mixing on Iron Man.  He has received two Bafta (British Academy of Film and Television Academy) nominations, for Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Titanic. He also received two Golden Reel Awards from the Motion Picture Sound Editors for his mixing work as well as a golden Satellite Award nomination for Terminator: Salvation.

Films Mark has mixed in release this year include, Super 8Cowboys & Aliens, and The Tourist. Coming out in 2012, Lay the FavoriteThe Master, and Django Unchained. He has well over a hundred film and television credits as a production sound mixer, including DisturbiaGrindhouseTalladega NightsKill Bill Vol. 1 & 2Wedding CrashersSpy KidsRocky BalboaEmpire FallsStuart LittleAustin PowersJackie BrownDesparadoBlue CrushIron Man, and State of Play. Mr. Ulano was recently re-elected to his 3rd term as President of IATSE Local 695 (the film sound union) and is on the executive committee of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Sound Branch, has sat seven terms as a board member for the Cinema Audio Society and also writes a column for Pro Audio Review magazine and contributes to the CAS Journal. Ulano, also a documentarian, his most recent feature documentary: I Love What I Do. He is also in the final stages of completing a comprehensive text on the work of production sound mixing.


Course Dates

Sep 20 to Sep 26



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