THE SOUND OF STORY: CHRIS WATSON
PART OF BRIGHTON'S CINECITY FILM FESTIVAL
17 & 18 NOVEMBER 2015
AN EXPLORATION OF SOUND AND MUSIC IN STORYTELLING
Wildlife sound recordist and composer Chris Watson is a speaker and workshop leader at The Sound of Story 2015: two days of talks, screenings and workshops that explore the creative potential of sound in the storytelling process.
DAY 1: TALK
DAY 2: WORKSHOP
Hidden World: Capturing The Undercover Sounds Of Brighton
This workshop offers an exciting opportunity to gain insight into the work and practice of acclaimed wildlife sound recordist and composer Chris Watson. Attendees will accompany Chris on a sound walk to record sound in two outdoor locations, using field recording equipment and other transducers such as hydrophones and contact microphones, followed by a critical listening session in the studio.
ABOUT CHRIS WATSON
Chris Watson is one of the world’s leading recorders of wildlife and natural phenomena. His work is broadcast on tv, radio, the web and released on CD, with credits including the BBC’s award-winning Frozen Planet; Radio 4’s Soundstage, a series of audio podcasts; El Tren Fantasma, Watson’s 4th solo album for Touch, which captures the atmosphere, rhythms and sounds of human life, wildlife and the journey itself along the tracks of one of Mexico’s greatest railways; and Soundscapes, for which he created a new piece of sound art in response to a painting from the collection at the National Gallery.
Born in Sheffield, Watson was a founding member of the influential Sheffield-based experimental music group Cabaret Voltaire during the 1970s and early 1980s. His sound recording career began in 1981 when he joined Tyne Tees Television. Since then he has developed a particular and passionate interest in recording the wildlife sounds of animals, habitats and atmospheres from around the world.
As a freelance composer and recordist for film, tv and radio, Watson specialises in natural history and documentary location sound, together with track assembly and sound design in postproduction. His television work includes many programmes in the BBC Life series, presented by David Attenborough, including Birds, which won a BAFTA Award for ‘Best Factual Sound’ in 1996. More recently, Watson was the location sound recordist with David Attenborough on the BBC’s series Frozen Planet, which won a BAFTA Award for ‘Best Factual Sound’ (2012).
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.
Find out more and book tickets for The Sound of Story 2015.
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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