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Sound for Cinema

Sound for Cinema

The goal of Sound for Cinema is to carry the filmmaker through the various audio steps involved in pre-production, production, post-production and the release of the motion picture. This requires awareness of the impact of audio (physiological), the creative (design) and the creation (technical). It is through the proper combining of these attributes that the filmmaker can achieve the ultimate goal, creating a Cinematic Story.

If "a picture is worth a thousand words" then in Sound for Cinema (SFC) area of study one will discover sounds that are worth a thousand pictures.

How is this done?

The course structure of the audio concentration is focused on simultaneously applying both the creative and technical. Seasoned industry professionals teach creative theory and aesthetics, and at the same time, the application of state-of-the-art equipment which facilitates its expression.

Sound For Cinema filmmakers are key collaborators in the establishment and creation of the audio landscape for filmed programs and responsible for the sonic elements essential for project completion.  Students concentrate on two distinct disciplines:

ON LOCATION SOUND RECORDIST - responsible for the capture of dialogue sound specific to filmed events in conjunction with sound essential to the finished project.  Additional dialogue, extraneous harmonious sound effects and sounds to be added to the final project may be recorded by this person.

SOUND DESIGNER/ RE-RECORDIST - Post production specialization working on building dialogue, music and effect tracks into holistic completed projects.  Students may specialize within this discipline recording additional dialogue replacement (ADR), creating additional synchronous sound elements (Foley) or manning the final mixing decks to integrate all sonic elements into a completed master track.

As an area of study, Sound for Cinema is intended for the person who wishes to excel in the field of audio for the visual medium. Its courses, used as electives, will enhance any filmmaker’s ability to maintain a holistic approach in filmmaking; no matter what discipline(s) they represent. The Sound Studio located on the 7th Floor of 1104 S. Wabash provides a wealth of opportunity for students to develop their skills and post production abilities.  The 5th Floor Location Sound office provides a full access office with dedicated staff on hand to offer advice and review equipment requirements.