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Designing Films for Sound

Starts March 12

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

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 will engage in a series of critical and creative exercises and will complete one project: sound design for a 3-5 minute scene or short film. Students may design sound on 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. There is a lunch break.

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.

IFP MN Class Registration Guidelines

  • 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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March 12, 2016
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Richard Wiebe
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March 7, 2016
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1 session: Saturday, March 12, 10am–6pm