A Study in Sound

Take a moment to think about your favourite film. What is the soundtrack like? Besides music, what other sorts of sounds are used to create a unique world? Subtle, yet essential, soundtracks can become afterthought in the visually-oriented world of film, particularly at an amateur level. 

The workshop will take place on Nov. 7 and 8, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Yukon Film Society Office. The workshop is mainly geared towards people who are already involved in filmmaking, though it is open to anyone interested.

“The workshop is focused on creative use of sound in film and sound as narrative device,” Walker says. “People who are film fans or are musicians/sound technicians interested in sound for film will gain further understanding of how sound for film is conceptualized and what exactly sound is doing to enhance the audience experience.”

He explains that participants will gain new perspectives on how to use sound creatively, how to conceptualize the role of audio in a film from its earliest stages and what a film’s sonic aesthetic could be.

“Over the course of the workshop, participants will record and edit a short sonic narrative (without words), which will help them realize what is needed for sound to deliver a story, let alone enhance it.

“We will spend the second evening of the course in pairs, editing audio we have gathered, so some familiarity with audio or video editing software is useful. However, because participants will be working pairs, if one person has less experience in that field, we will pair them with someone who has more experience.”

Walker hopes that participants will leave the workshop with a deeper relationship to sound, and with more ideas for how to use it in films. He looks forward to the discussions that will be sparked by the sonic narrative exercise.

“I’m excited to hear how all the participants hear the world.”

The workshop Post Production Sound Design with Jordy Walker will take place Monday, Nov. 7 Tuesday, Nov. 8 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Yukon Film Society Office, located at 212 Lambert St.

To register, or for more information, please contact Andrew Seymour at 867-393-3456, or by email at [email protected]

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