THE SOUND OF STORY 2015: FILMS
PART OF BRIGHTON'S CINECITY FILM FESTIVAL
17 November 2015
AN EXPLORATION OF SOUND AND MUSIC IN STORYTELLING
In 2015, Lighthouse presented the second 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 Tuesday 17 November 2015, at Brighton Dome Studio Theatre.
Wildlife Sound Recordist / Composer
Selected credits: Frozen Planet (BBC), Soundstage (Radio 4), El Tren Fantasma (CD for Touch) and Soundscapes (National Gallery)
Chris Watson shares his experience as a composer and location wildlife sound recordist, discussing the technical elements of field sound recording and presenting his recordings of the rainforests near Iguazu Falls in Brazil and Brinicles (icicles forming under sea ice) in the Arctic and Antarctic. He concludes with a case study, presenting a piece of sound art, commissioned by the National Gallery, created in response to John Constable’s The Cornfield.
Singer / Composer / Filmmaker / Photographer
Selected credits: Moss Side Story / Soul Murder / Natural Born Killers / The Beach / Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Journalist and author Amy Raphael joins Barry Adamson to discuss his career, from auditioning with a borrowed two-string bass guitar for the 80s band Magazine to working on film scores for Oliver Stone, Danny Boyle and David Lynch. Barry reveals how his experiences in music led him to direct and produce his own films and soundtracks, including the highly acclaimed 1989 album Moss Side Story, a soundtrack to an imaginary film.
Selected credits: Ambisonic soundtrack of Hong Kong Airport / Radio Mind (radio installation) / Tree Radio (for the Yorkshire Sculpture Park)
Magz Hall is co-founder of Radio Arts, an independent artists’ group engaged in experimental broadcasting projects, and senior radio lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University. Here, she describes her practice, presents a selection of her work – including ambisonic installations at Hong Kong Airport and smell- and sound-based installation Brighton Rocks, and looks at potential futures for analogue radios.
Sound Designer / Supervising Sound Editor
Selected credits: Gravity / Slumdog Millionaire / Paddington
Journalist and author Amy Raphael conducts a riveting interview with Glenn Freemantle, exploring his creative processes and often unconventional approach to designing sound, from tightening weightlifting belts around actors chests during ADR to recording robots at General Motors for Gravity. He provides fascinating insight into some of his best known works including Everest, Slumdog Millionaire, Ex-Machina and 127 Hours, and explains how he draws inspiration from his own experiences to manipulate sound and transform it into an emotional force.
Films of the talks presented by Blast Theory, Nainita Desai and Martin Stig Andersen will be released soon.
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.
The Sound of Story is sponsored by Goldcrest and takes place during Brighton’s annual film festival, CINECITY. The workshop programme is supported by Creative Skillset Film Skills Fund, which is funded by the BFI with National Lottery funds, through the Skills Investment Fund.
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