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Designing Films for Sound

Starts October 17

2 sessions: Saturdays, October 17–24, 10am–5pm

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 two projects: 1) a 1-3 minute soundscape; and 2) sound design for a 3-5 minute scene or short film. Students may design sound on their own film or choose a scene from a pre-existing movie to create the sound from the ground up.

Listening closely to the soundtracks of several exemplary films and “sound objects,” we’ll gain an appreciation for the complexity of issues raised by cinematic sound design (from the so-called silent period to today) in order to develop personal and innovative approaches to designing our own films for sound. Students should have a basic knowledge of Final Cut Pro 7 or Adobe Premiere. There is a lunch break each session.

Tuition: $235 regular/$175 member/$130 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.


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  • Registration deadlines are listed with course descriptions. Space is assigned on a first-come basis. Registrations must be paid in full to be valid.
  • If minimum enrollment has not been reached, IFP MN may cancel the class. If so, students will be notified the week of the class and receive a full refund.
  • For students wishing to cancel a registration prior to the registration deadline, 100% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $15 administration fee. For cancellations after the registration deadline but prior to the first session, 50% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $15 administration fee. Once a course begins, no refunds will be given.
  • Tuition is not prorated for missed class sessions.
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October 17 @ 10:00 am
October 24 @ 5:00 pm
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Richard Wiebe
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October 12, 2015
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2 sessions: Saturdays, October 17–24, 10am–5pm