Musician and producer Roly Porter at The Sound of Story
Musician and producer Roly Porter at The Sound of Story

THE SOUND OF STORY 2014: FILMS

PART OF BRIGHTON'S CINECITY FILM FESTIVAL


5 December 2014
BRIGHTON


AN EXPLORATION OF SOUND AND MUSIC IN STORYTELLING


In 2014, Lighthouse presented the first edition of The Sound of Story: two stimulating days of talks, masterclasses and workshops featuring a stellar line-up of world-class sound professionals. Showcasing critically acclaimed and innovative projects, the event is aimed at filmmakers, sound practitioners, music producers and film lovers.

Here are the talks, filmed on Friday 5 December 2015, at Brighton Dome Studio Theatre.

THE SOUND OF STORY 2014

BARNABY SMYTH – The Art of Foley
Foley Artist & Editor
Selected credits: We Need To Talk About Kevin / Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy / Suffragette

Barnaby Smyth discusses the art of foley, the unseen and overlooked hero of film and television storytelling. He performs a fascinating live foley demonstration, using materials including celery, gravel, chains and overcooked pasta, accompanied by a background soundtrack, to create a rich auditory narrative. Barnaby describes the foley effects he has created for films including Closed Circuit, Hyde Park and Hudson, Downton Abbey and Jane Eyre, and explains how he uses this aspect of sound production to enrich the soundtrack and bring the film to life.



ROLY PORTER – Case study of the Gandahar Live Score
Musician and producer
Selected Credits: Aftertime / Life Cycle of a Massive Star / Gandahar

Roly Porter shares insight into his process and artistic practice as an electronic musician and producer and his progression to creating film scores. He provides a fascinating case study, introducing and exploring his work and the inspiration behind his live re-score of Rene Laloux’s 1982 animation Gandahar, commissioned by the BFI. Roly’s talk is concluded with a Q&A and conversation with Lighthouse’s artistic director Juha Van ’t Zelfde.



JOCELYN POOK – Music and the Soundtrack
Composer
Selected Credits: Blight / Eyes Wide Shut / Gangs of New York

Jocelyn Pook shares her journey to becoming a leading composer for film, television, theatre and dance, from performing in orchestras as a child to collaborating with John Smith and Stanley Kubrick. She describes and demonstrates the processes and inspiration behind a number of projects she has worked on, from experimental works such as Blight and Where Are We Going to Eyes Wide Shut and Gangs of New York.



STEPHEN DOBBIE – Case study of The Drowned Man

Sound and Graphic Designer
Selected Credits: Faust / The Masque of The Red Death / The Drowned Man

Stephen Dobbie speaks about his work with Punchdrunk, an arts and storytelling organisation specialising in large scale art installation, immersive theatre and performance. He shares stories, sounds and technical details from The Drowned Man and other work they have exhibited over recent years, including The Tempest, Sleep No More and Chair.



STUART MCCOWAN – Sound on Screen

Sound Supervisor and Editor
Selected Credits: Avatar / Super 8 / The Simpsons Movie

Anna Bertmark joins sound supervisor and editor Stuart McCowan in conversation. Together they discuss how he entered the world of film and sound, his experience of working at George Lucas’ state-of-the-art Skywalker Sound and designing sound for film and television, including Avatar, Jurassic Park and his Emmy award-winning work on Sherlock.

The Sound of Story 2014 films were filmed and produced by Shy Camera.

ABOUT THE SOUND OF STORY

The Sound of Story offers filmmakers, composers and sound practitioners a chance to gain new skills and knowledge from a stellar line-up of world-class sound professionals.


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