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Intro to Location Sound Recording

AFTRS-Australian Film Television and Radio School

About the Course

"The most important thing students must learn is 90% of film is sound. The picture is far less important." - Walter Murch

This course is designed for people who wish to learn the latest sound recording techniques used in capturing speech and sound effects using portable recording equipment.

The course is suitable for individuals who are currently working in the film and television industry as well as others seeking employment in the industry.

The course covers:

  • Sound propagation and capture

  • Microphones and mixers

  • Analogue and digital signal paths

  • Recording Environments

  • Recorder operation

By completing this course, you should be able to specify portable sound recording requirements for a particular recording project, and then set up and operate a range of portable sound recording equipment commonly used in film and television production.

Portable sound recording equipment is generally battery operated and designed to be used away from the controlled environment of the recording studio. Today’s recording technology is essentially tape-less.

This course is only open to students aged 18 +. If you are under 18, you will not be eligible to attend this course.

Student feedback from previous courses:

‘Fantastic! Great experts/guest teachers.’

‘The lecturer was fantastic! Loved having guest speakers from the industry too.’ ABOUT THE LECTURER: STEVE MCDONALD nbsp;

An audio engineer since 2005, Steve McDonald has been working as a Live Sound Engineer for bands around Sydney and a Location Sound Recordist since 2006. Graduating from AFTRS in 2007, he has worked on a diverse range of productions as sound recordist and boom operator including

  • Feature Films (including Australia)

  • Television Drama (including Packed to the Rafters and Police Rescue Special Operations),

  • Television Commercials (including Sam Kekovich - Australia Day Lamb Campaign and GetUp! Campaigns),

  • Documentaries (including Big Name No Blanket The Story of George Rrurrambu, Persons of Interest and US Cable-TV Series Bizarre Foods),

  • Video Clips (for Hilltop Hoods and Melissa Tkautz),

  • EPK / Behind-The-Scenes (for Australia and Great Gatsby),

  • as well as a multitude of short films and a broad range of corporate / online content.

Since 2010, Steve has taken on the exciting opportunity of teaching sound to music and film students at many institutions including AFTRS, TAFE NSW (Ultimo, St Leonards and Randwick Campuses), International Film School Sydney, School of Audio Engineering and Metro Screen. He has a passion for sound, music and the film industry and a particular skill for passing these skills on to those interested in a career in these fields.



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