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Doc U: Creating Sound and Music for Docs - From Location to Final Mix

International Documentary Association

Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM (PDT)

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International Documentary Association


A special daylong IDA Doc U co-presented by
the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences® and
the Dolby Institute

Doc U

Creating Sound and Music for Docs
From Location to Final Mix


Saturday, October 5, 2013 
 Daylong seminar: 9:30am – 5:00pm
Box lunch provided

Linwood Dunn Theater
1313 Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028

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Sound and music are critically important ingredients in any documentary's success, but are all-too-often overlooked or neglected. This intensive workshop will discuss best practices and creative possibilities in audio from the beginning of your filmmaking process to the end: starting with location audio and sound design, through original music and licensing, and culminating in the final mix and mastering. Filmmakers and industry experts will give practical advice and share their knowledge to give you the tools for creating the best soundscape for your film.

Held in the Academy's state-of-the-art Linwood Dunn Theater, the workshop will feature four panels packed with information and testimonials from directors and producers of recent major documentary features and the creative and technical teams behind those films including: sound recordists, sound designers, composers, supervising sound editors, music licensors, and sound re-recording mixers. At lunch, attendees and panelists will sit together and continue the conversation. A box lunch will be provided.

10:00AM - 11:15AM
Moderator: Karin Stellwagen
, Brooks Institute
Panelists: Director/Producer Bess Kargman (First Position), Sound Recordist Tim Kitz (Valentine Road), Sound Recordist Eric Thomas (First Position, Last Call at the Oasis)

There is no substitute for recording good sound on location. But what are the best techniques for getting it, and how do the sound recordist, director of photographer, and director balance the potentially competing interests of picture and sound to benefit the film as a whole?

11:30AM - 12:45PM
Moderator: Glenn Kiser
, Director, The Dolby Institute
Panelists: Academy Award®-winning Sound Designer/Mixer Lora Hirschberg (How to Survive a Plague, Blessed is the Match, The Celluloid Closet; Inception, The Dark Knight, Into the Wild), Academy Award®-nominated Sound Designer/Mixer Skip Lievsay (The Unknown Known, Tabloid, An Inconvenient Truth, Inside Llewyn Davis, True Grit, No Country for Old Men), Sound Supervisor/Mixer James LeBrecht (The Kill Team, The Island President, The Most Dangerous Man in America)

Three masters of sound demythologize the term “sound design” and bring-to-life a world of artistic possibilities that are available to documentary filmmakers.

1:00PM - 1:45PM - Boxed lunch

2:00PM - 3:30PM
Moderator: Peter Golub
, Director, Sundance Film Music Program/Composer (These Amazing Shadows, Frozen River, Wordplay)
Panelists: Director AJ Schnack (We Always Lie to Strangers, Caucus), Composer Miriam Cutler (Ethel, Vito, One Lucky Elephant), Composer Mark degli Antoni (God Loves Uganda, Into the Abyss, Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired), Senior VP/Executive Producer, Ken Nelson, FirstCom Music

Director of the Sundance Music Program Peter Golub moderates a not-too-be-missed discussion with two of the top composers working in documentary film today, an expert on music licensing, and a documentary director who has successfully negotiated both worlds.

3:45PM - 5:00PM
Moderator: Glenn Kiser
, Director, The Dolby Institute
Panelists: Director/Producer Lucy Walker (The Crash Reel, The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom, Waste Land), Director/Producer Alex Rotaru (Shakespeare High), Sound Supervisor/Mixer James LeBrecht, and Film Editor Pedro Kos (The Crash Reel, The Island President, The Tsunami and the Cherry Blosson, Waste Land)

The mysteries of the sound edit and mix revealed! Two documentary directors, who are partial to the aural side of things, and one top film editor “mix” things up with expert sound supervisor and mixer James LeBrecht.


Join us for this rare opportunity to explore the world of sound in documentary. You will be sure to hear the difference in your next film.

The use of cameras, audio recording devices, and video recording devices is prohibited at Doc U events.

For more information on IDA's Doc U: documentary.org/doc-u


Doc U: Creating Sound and Music for Docs
From Location to Final Mix


Saturday, October 5, 2013
Daylong seminar: 9:30am – 5:00pm
Box lunch provided


Linwood Dunn Theater
1313 Vine Street
Hollywood, CA 90028



Complimentary parking is provided in the Academy's lot adjacent to the Pickford Center,
(enter off Homewood, one block north of Fountain).


Doc U is the International Documentary Association's series of educational seminars and workshops for aspiring and experienced documentary filmmakers. Taught by artists and industry experts, participants receive vital training and insight on various topics including: fundraising, distribution, licensing, marketing, and business tactics.

Special support provided by:

Los Angeles County Arts CommissionHFPAT3Media
IMAX FirstCom Music
ProSight Specialty Insurance Brooks Institute
Department of Cultural Affairs - City of Los Angeles


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Linwood Dunn Theater
1313 Vine Street
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM (PDT)

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