How to be an in-demand Sound Designer with Paul Davies Syllabus



  • Part 1 – Moving away from technical mastery
    • How you can be your favorite director’s favorite sound designer
      • What does Steve McQueen want from his sound designer? What does Lynne Ramsay want?
    • Sound used in the service of emotional storytelling
    • Examples from across Paul’s career
  • Part 2 – Case studies, live demonstrations and best practices
    • Case study looking at a sound design track lay
      • Comparing an export from the editor with the final track lay
      • Examining two scenes in-depth
    • Live demonstration of Paul Davies’s sound design technique
    • How relationships should work
      • Between different departments
      • With the composer
      • Within the sound department
    • Best practices for feature film sound design workflow




  • Part 3 – Debriefing students’ assignments
    • Listening exercise
    • Sound effects exercise
  • Part 4 – Learning from the past to become a more creative sound designer
      • What no one ever told you about the history of film
        • Why the industry resisted sound
        • Why sound killed silent cinema (whereas TV did not kill radio)
      • What we can learn from different eras, using example clips
        • Silent films
        • Early talkies
        • Contemporary films
  • Part 5 – Conclusion
    • How to practically apply everything to your own career
    • What’s your next move?

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