Post Production Sound

Course Description:

Building on the skills learned in Sound Design and Field Recording, students will explore the production and post-production aspects of film and television in much more depth.  Students will be required to collaborate with one another and a film crew to develop a film from pre-production through post-production. Topics include studio protocol; working with talent, budgets, and clients; system integration and interfacing; microphone techniques; advanced recording and producing techniques; procedures and issues in real-world session work; critical listening/ear training and aesthetic and acoustical issues; mixing and mastering video soundtracks; automated dialogue replacement; sound effects, Foley, music and sound design.


Course Objectives

Upon completion of this program students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate competent skills to properly conduct services in an audio post-production studio 


  • Demonstrate effective collaboration with other audio students and a film crew.
  • Demonstrate the ability to capture good production audio on a film shoot, from scouting

        locations to placing microphones.

  • Demonstrate the ability to successfully capture elements required for sound design, post audio     

       editing, mixing and layback.

  • Identify the tasks relevant to a production spotting session.
  • Demonstrate the ability to set up and conduct an ADR recording session with professional-

      quality voice talent.

  • Identify the uses of various signal processors.
  • Create a sound-design mix session


Course Length: 10 Weeks


Credit Value: 4.0





Please note: You must have earned a passing grade in the prerequisite class. If you are registered for this class but do not have a passing grade in the prerequisite course, it is your responsibility to contact the department chair or academic advisor to make the necessary changes to your schedule during the schedule adjustment period at the start of the quarter.


Required Readings:


Website: Each week will consist of required readings on the website Each of these weekly lectures will coincide with a required quiz found on your individual ecompanion sites. See Modules and Quizzes below for more information.

Text: The required text used in this class is Audio Post Production for Television and Film by Hilary Wyatt and Tim Amyes



Other Resources: Various handouts provided by the instructor




Quarter Credit Hour Definition:


A quarter credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than:

(1)   One hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work each week for 10-12 weeks, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time; or

(2)   At least an equivalent amount of work as required in paragraph (1) of this definition for other academic activities as established by the institution including laboratory work, internships, practical, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.



Standards for Grading






3 projects (50% of your grade, 20 points for film, 10 points for dialog edit)

All projects should be turned in on a DVD on the date the project is due.

Sound design examples (10% of your grade)

10 Quizzes (20% of your grade, 2 points each)

Participation (20% of your grade)


Late Assignments:


Late assignments will only be accepted with the prior consent of the instructor.   The instructor will only permit the makeup of work due to a legitimate absence.



Instructor reserves the right to modify this, as necessary to accommodate student’s specific needs, shortcomings, and advantages.


Modules and Quizzes:


Each week will consist of different modules covering various techniques and skills for working with Pro Tools. We will cover the material in the modules in class and in labs, but you will be required to read material outside of class as well and take a quiz at some time during each week. You will have exactly one week to take the quiz online using eclass. You are allowed to use any notes you take or that are handed out by me. At the end of the week, if you have not taken the quiz, you will receive a grade of zero for the quiz. These can severely impact your grade, so set aside time each week to review materials and take the quizzes.



Week 1

Lecture: Introduction/Stems; Storytelling; Tone and Mood; Working with filmmakers

Lab: Work on project 1


Week 2

Lecture: Production Sound/Dialog; Working with filmmakers

Lab: Work on project 1


Week 3

Lecture: SFX: The Creative process/ Sound Effects/ Foley

Lab: Critique project 1


Week 4

Lecture: Music and Music editing

Lab: Work on project 2


Week 5

Lecture: Midterm Exam

Lab: Work on project 2


Week 6

Lecture: Dialog Editing

Lab: Critique project 2


Week 7

Lecture: Dialog Editing cont’d

Lab: Work on project 3


Week 8

Lecture: Mixing film

Lab: Work on project 3


Week 9

Lecture: Mixing film cont’d

Lab: Work on project 3


Week 10

Lecture: Final Exam

Lab: Final Project Due






Project 1: Sound Design for a trailer. Trailer should be approved by Peoples before you begin working on it. Trailer should be portfolio quality in creativity and production. If the trailer does not meet portfolio quality standards, you will continue to work on it until it does. Trailers will be shown and critiqued in class (including any revised trailers).


Project 2: Dialog Edit. You will be given a production track to edit. All editing techniques discussed in class should be used with this edit. This edit should only consist of a dialog track. No music or SFX are allowed. There should be no deadspace in any track. Every track will need to be filled in with filler. 


Project 3: You will be placed in small groups of your classmates. These groups will find a film crew who is currently shooting a film and become the sound crew for that film. You will need to contact film crews during the first week of class as it is a requirement that you be the sound crew on location for this film. You will use all techniques discussed in class for your final sound design (especially the dialog edit).


Sound Design Examples: Students will provide three examples of good sound design from three different film, television, or animations and play them for the class. Students should be able to explain why they believe the sound design is good and the techniques used to create it.


Delieverable formats

Whole session folders will be deposited directly to teacher provided hard drive.


A note about sound effects and Foley:

You will have to Foley and create sound FX to produce a good sounding product. You may not use more than 50% ‘canned’ FX. 


A note about the score:

Music may be original or pulled from library.