Paul Davies Masterclass

A unique chance to learn from the acclaimed sound designer.
Part of Re-Imagine Europe

Thursday 17 September 2020, 10.30am-1.30pm


Paul Davies Masterclass




Paul Davies Masterclass has been reformatted due to Covid-19 and will now take place online via Zoom.

In this online workshop, Paul Davies will explore the idea of using sound to create space: not only the space in the frame of the picture, but the world outside.

Using examples from his own work such as Ratcatcher (1999), You Were Never Really Here (2017), ’71 (2014) and Hunger (2008), and films that have influenced him, including Eraserhead (1977), A Man Escaped (1956), and Apocalypse Now (1979), Paul will discuss how sound can create both external and internal subjective spaces in film, and how sound can add physicality and substance to a flat two-dimensional image on the screen.

Clips and a sound design session from Saint Maud will be shown to demonstrate that the off-screen space and the internal psychological space are just as important as that which is shown onscreen. As filmmakers, we can use these spaces to help create the emotional and dramatic world that the characters inhabit.

Paul will also explore the grey area where sound can be used as an alternative to music and as a complementary partner to score, looking at the differences and similarities of sound design and music.

There will be opportunities for audience members to interact and ask questions. The masterclass is limited to 40 participants.

Tickets are £20, or £12 concessions.

If you had previously booked a ticket for this event at the original ticket price, keep an eye on your emails for options to donate or refund the difference, or email info@lighthouse.org.uk.


After an early interest in electronic and experimental music and running a small recording studio, Paul became involved in recording location sound for a low-budget film which led to him being accepted on the sound course at the National Film and Television School.

After graduation, Paul worked as a freelance sound recordist, sound editor and mixer before joining the London based Videosonics as a staff sound editor. Whilst there Paul worked on a variety of film and television projects including Love is the Devil (1998), Touching Evil (1997) and Ratcatcher (1999) and which was the first film he worked on in his long association with director Lynne Ramsay.

After five years at Videosonics, Paul left to become a freelance supervising sound editor and sound designer, going on to work with directors such as Stephen Frears, Jon Hillcoat, Yann Demange, Julian Jarrold, Carol Morley, Steve McQueen and continuing his working relationship with Lynne Ramsay. Recent projects Paul has worked on include: ’71 (2014), You Were Never Really Here (2017), American Animals (2018), Ordinary Love (2019), Dublin Murders (2019), and Saint Maud (2019).

About the funders

Paul Davies Masterclass is part of Re-Imagine Europe, which is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. Re-Imagine Europe is initiated by Sonic Acts (NL) and coordinated by Paradiso (NL) in collaboration with Elevate Festival (AT), Lighthouse (UK), Ina GRM (FR), Landmark / Bergen Kunsthall (NO), A4 (SK), Disruption Network Lab (DE), Ràdio Web MACBA (ES), Urban Paradoxes (NL) and Kontejner (HR).

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