The aim was to reach students and ideally a wide variety of film production crew, sound technicians, sound mixers and producers in order to offer training in standard techniques to obtain the cleanest production sound possible within the local production standards – for “An immediate impact in Sound for Film”. In addition, the lab exposed and trained participants in a worldwide standard post-production platform to further enhance production sound and fully impact the end result. The platform for this lab was ProTools by Digidesign/AVID – which is the most advanced music and audio creation and production software.
All applicants were required to have some form of sound background, basic knowledge operating sound equipment, recording sound and interest in mixing sound.
AFRIFF Sound Training Entry Requirements.
APPLICANTS SHOULD MEET THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA:
-Must be computer literate, (mac or PC)
-Must have worked on a film or TV production in a location or post production capacity
-Should currently be involved in TV/Film production
-Must have worked on any online audio or video software application such as Pro Tools, Cubase, Digital Performer, Avid, Final Cut or any such application in order to understand workflow.
-Must be passionate about sound for film!
Simon Ratcliffe is a sound engineer and educator with over 16 years of experience in the industry. As owner of award winning Sound & Motion Studios, he has mixed for music & picture in many African, American and European destinations and is currently working on several feature films and series as a mixer and sound supervisor.
As an educator, Simon is the Head of Faculty for Sound Engineering at a Creative Arts University in South Africa, is a published author and is currently developing his own courses. He has designed and taught a wide variety of audio programmes from Certificate to Degree level.
Working closely with Jungle Filmworks and other Nigerian companies over the last 6 years has given him a unique insight into Nigerian and African production in light of his recent experiences in Hollywood where he sat in on sound sessions with leading mixers. As ever, he is most excited to share some of his experience with delegates at AFRIFF.