THE SOUND OF STORY 2016: CATHERINE HODGSON
AN EXPLORATION OF SOUND AND MUSIC IN STORYTELLING
17 November 2016
PART OF BRIGHTON'S CINECITY FILM FESTIVAL
Catherine Hodgson is a speaker at The Sound of Story 2016: three days of talks, screenings, masterclasses and workshops.
Catherine Hodgson is a freelance sound editor whose credits include the feature films Jane Eyre, The King’s Speech and Atonement. In her near-30 years in the business, Catherine has also worked on numerous BBC shows including Silent Witness, Love, Nina, and the multiple BAFTA award-winning Our Friends in the North.
Catherine began working in the industry as a freelance trainee assistant editor on feature films at the age of 19, before moving over to the sound department as an assistant sound editor. Later, at the BBC, she began working on light entertainment programmes and documentaries, becoming deeply involved in track-laying, before moving into the drama department where she worked on several high profile shows.
These included Middlemarch, which in 1995 earned her the first of 8 BAFTA nominations, two of which she went on to win, for Our Mutual Friend (1999) and Wallander (2010). Amongst other industry accolades, Catherine has also been nominated three times for a Royal Television Society Award, with a win in 2004 for The Long Firm.
Returning to the freelance world, she continued to work on BBC dramas while also learning how to work on various digital sound editing systems, transferring her knowledge of sound editing over from actual film to computers.
While she recognises the importance of all elements of sound, Catherine’s real love is creating effects and atmosphere. She also loves the challenge of creating a specific sound not available in sound libraries, or indeed in real life, by sourcing different elements and putting them together. “It is still a constant source of amazement to me how sound, whether full-on design or gentle and subtle atmosphere, can transform a scene or even an entire film.”
Catherine is a guest speaker at The Sound of Story: Women in Sound (17 November).
ABOUT THE SOUND OF STORY
The Sound of Story takes place over three days 17, 18, 19 November 2016. It is a series of talks, masterclasses, screenings and workshops featuring a stellar line-up of world-class sound professionals.
The Sound of Story is presented by Lighthouse, and supported by Creative Skillset ’s Film Skills Fund, which is funded by the BFI with National Lottery funds and through the Skills Investment Fund. It takes place during Brighton’s annual film festival, CINECITY, and is sponsored by Goldcrest and AMPS (Association of Motion Picture Sound).
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