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Designing Films for Sound

Starts March 12

1 session: Saturday, March 12, 10 am–6 pm

Though often described as a visual medium, cinema has always depended on sound. This course questions the assumption that film is or has ever been an art of images and is designed to improve your listening and conceptual approaches to designing films for sound. Students engage in a series of critical and creative exercises and complete a sound design project for a 3-5 minute scene or short film. Students may design sound for their own film or choose a scene from another to create the sound from the ground up.

Through our critical conversations, workshopping, and close listening, we’ll gain an appreciation for the complexity of issues raised by cinematic sound design in order to develop personal and innovative approaches to designing movies for sound. Students should have a basic knowledge of Final Cut Pro 7 or Adobe Premiere. iMacs provided. There is a lunch break. Space is limited – register early.

Tuition: $175 regular/$130 member/$100 low-income

wiebeheadshotRichard Wiebe’s work has screened widely at international film festivals including IFF Rotterdam, FID Marseille, Cannes Cinéfondation, L’Alternativa (Barcelona), Ann Arbor Film Festival, Media City, 25 FPS (Zagreb), Festival du nouveau cinéma (Montreal) Chicago Underground, and many others. His creative work has garnered grant support from the Princess Grace Foundation and the Iowa Arts Council. He was the executive director of the 10th anniversary Iowa City Documentary Film Festival and is the co-founder and co-director of Works-in-Progress (WiP), a non-competitive festival that programs unfinished work by artists working in virtually every medium. Richard currently teaches Screenwriting at Hamline University and has taught several courses over the years at the University of Iowa, including Film Sound, Nonfiction Video Production, and Film Theory.

Class Registration Guidelines & Cancellation Policy

  • Space is assigned on a first-come basis. Registrations must include payment in full to be valid. Registrations are accepted beyond registration deadlines as long as space is available.
  • If minimum enrollment has not been reached by 5 days prior to the start date of a class, IFP MN may cancel it, in which case registrants will immediately be notified and receive a full refund by PayPal or charge card credit (for phone or in person credit card registrations) within 5 business days. A check will be issued for registrations that were paid in cash. In lieu of a refund, students have the option of applying their tuition to another course if scheduled in the same calendar year.
    For those wishing to cancel a registration prior to the class registration deadline, 100% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $15 administrative fee. For registration cancellations received after the registration deadline but prior to the first class session, 50% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $15 administrative fee. As of a class start date, no refunds or credits/exchanges will be given.
  • Tuition is not prorated for missed class sessions.


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March 12
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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