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About

SOUND for Film and Television Volume II builds on the fundamentals we taught you in the first volume and takes you into much more advanced sound scenarios.  It will be a 4- to 5-hour, fully-indexed MP4 download.

Barry Green, hostifying
Barry Green, hostifying
David Jimerson, postifying
David Jimerson, postifying

At Wrightsville Beach Studios, we've spent the last 8 years making great, high-quality training videos teaching people how to make films.  Oh, sure, everyone with a YouTube account does that, right? Not the way we do it -- we do it with wit, humor, and sketch comedy, and we don't just stage "setups" or give you "tips" and "tricks"; we go behind the cameras of real, cinematic scenes and short films made specifically for our lessons. We not only teach you how and why to do it, we're teaching you WHILE we're doing it -- and the proof is right there on the screen.

But don't let us tell you -- here's what our SOUND volume I viewers have had to say (see these reactions and more starting here):

"Absolutely amazing resource. Of everything I've read, seen, and heard from 'experts' regarding audio, this DVD blew them away."

"This is a must-have for any independent filmmaker making their way into this business. Even if you know everything there is to know about sound, you'll enjoy this DVD."

"Lots of practical, hands-on information in a very entertaining package. It's the only one I've found so far which really spends a decent time teaching technique."

"This isn't the kind of tutorial I watch once and put on the shelf, but the kind of reference and refresher resource that I'll go back to again and again."

"I've got my share of books on sound, lighting, etc., and I can't stand reading them for more than an hour. I could watch this DVD on a continuous loop."

And it wasn't just the customers who noticed -- along the way, SOUND picked up a number of awards and trophies, too.

  • Telly Awards for Instructionals and Program Sound
  • Accolade Awards Award of Excellence
  • Ava Awards Platinum Award
  • Videographer Awards Award of Excellence

See excerpts from SOUND for Film and Television below!

Now, we want to do it again! We want to bring the same kind of immersive, high-quality lessons combined with comedy, cinematic vignettes designed to teach you the skills, and we'll even follow the production of a short film from start to finish, covering advanced sound recording topics on set and finishing with the professional sound mix in post.

Why does this matter?

We don't just teach you our lessons -- we make it fun to learn, and when you enjoy learning, you learn it better.

It matters because if we don't do this, the only training you're going to find out there will be the same old lifeless "setups" and "tips" and "tricks" you see all the time. We don't think you should have to settle for that. We want you to have fun while you really learn -- and we want to have a blast making it, too.

But more than just having fun, we aren't simply staging mockups, like most others -- we're taking you to actual production sets, with actual professionals doing what they do, in productions made specifically for our tutorials.  On set, we won't be talking about hypothetical situations. We'll be shooting for real, with actual scripts, actual actors, and actual film professionals doing what they do, and bring you along while we do it. And when we're done, you'll see the results in actual finished footage.

We're all about actualization.
We're all about actualization.

And it's not JUST about great production and great lessons, it's also about an idea -- the idea of independently-produced, highly-entertaining training. We work for YOU -- we don't have any purpose other than to give our viewers the very best information we can.

With your help, we STAY independent. Our only "sponsors" are YOU -- we can listen to YOU directly, and best respond to YOUR needs. We're always open to suggestions and requests. We want to give you the kind of lessons and instruction that YOU want. We know what we're up against -- we know how much free training is out there -- but we also know people are willing to support our effort to bring you a level of instruction and entertainment you just can't find for free -- or anywhere else, for that matter.

As past viewers of our products have known, we put ourselves out there to interact with our customers; we do what we do out of a sense of community. We're always happy to answer questions, go deeper when we can, and just be around on a very human level. You won't get that kind of personalized accommodation elsewhere.

So help us keep high-quality, INDEPENDENTLY-PRODUCED, massively-entertaining tutorials alive!

Here's what we want to do.

In SOUND for Film and Television, we taught fundamentals, basics, and two big things which got you about 80% of the way to great sound just by doing those two things. Now, we want to delve much further into that remaining 20%, and into the kinds of advanced techniques and equipment people have been asking for since SOUND hit the shelves.

Just like in SOUND volume I, Barry Green will host and deliver his lessons in the way only he can.

Bowtie not guaranteed.
Bowtie not guaranteed.

But we're also going to check in heavily with pro sound man Jeff Babb as we follow him at work on the sets of our production. Along with shooting our own cinematic vignettes, we'll also be shooting a complete short film just so we can show you all the recording techniques you've been asking for.  We'll also be on the set of a reality TV pilot, so we can show you sound recording in a dynamic reality environment, and all the tools and techniques used for that kind of complex sound production.

Production topics to include:

  • PRE-PRODUCTION, where the most important planning takes place.
  • Dual-system recording
  • Slating
  • Timecode/Jam synch
  • Sound recorders
  • Wireless systems: UHF/VHF/Digital/Analog/Diversity/Non-diversity
  • Complex booming scenarios
  • Reality TV/news sound setup
  • Field/multi-channel mixing
  • Stereo recording

And then we'll hand off the program to POST-PRODUCTION host David Jimerson, as he also checks in with Alex Markowski, post-production professional and professor of film studies at UNC-Wilmington.  We'll take the sound we recorded during production and follow the art, craft, and technique of turning it all into a finished professional sound mix.

Post-Production topics to include:

  • PRE-PRODUCTION, coordinating with production recording with post-production concerns in mind
  • Proper sound mixing studio setup
  • Synching via timecode, synching via waveform
  • Intros to Pro Tools, PluralEyes, other software
  • Pulldown/pullup
  • Asset management
  • Setting up audio tracks in editing for optimal export to sound post
  • Sound editing workflow
  • Working with EQ, compressors, limiters, and other sound filters and FX
  • Leaders and timecode burn-in
  • Exporting from edit/NLE to digital audio workstation -- formats and workflow
  • Foley
  • ADR
  • 5.1/multi-channel/surround mixing

So, in all, we'll have:

  • Great lessons from Barry and David
  • Great practical, hands-on expertise from Jeff and Alex
  • Sketch comedy, cinematic vignettes, and our trademark humor
  • A short film designed to get you behind the scenes, following production and post techniques
  • And even a dynamic reality-TV set!

Why do we need this Kickstarter?

Put simply, this can't happen without your support.

High-quality training isn't cheap. We want to bring you the very best, but we also want to make sure we're never asking anyone to work for free! To do this right, for us, and for you, it all comes down to having the best people. Our people are professionals and their time and skills are very valuable -- and you'll get the benefit of all that skill when you learn with us.

Plus, we don't skimp on production. We need our sets, props, costumes, makeup, and everything else which goes into making a top-notch product.

With a little more money, they ALL could have had stakes.
With a little more money, they ALL could have had stakes.

Our goal of $15,000 is the bare minimum we need to get this project off the ground, but the more we raise, the better we can make it, and the more value we can add -- more content, more humor, and possibly more options for delivery.  That way, everyone wins.

By pledging your support, you really can't lose. You won't be charged unless we raise our entire $15,000 goal.  When we do, this project is a go, you'll know you'll be getting a great program for a great price.

So, support us! And let us keep you laughing while we teach you the things you've been dying to learn.

So what's next?

Once funded, we'll hit the ground running on SOUND Vol. II. We'll shoot over the spring and summer and handle post-production in the fall. You'll have a brand-spanking-new instructional program available for download by year's end.

HOW long?
HOW long?

That seems a long way off, but we're not going to make you wait that long for content -- along the way, we'll be providing production updates, mini-lessons, outtakes, behind-the-scenes glimpses, and other great stuff to tide you over until the full program is ready for download.

And during that time, we want you to communicate with us -- we want to give you the product YOU want.  You can help us make it better and better with your questions, comments, and suggestions.

Of course, for all that to happen, we need your support.

So what do YOU get?

Other than the warm feeling of supporting high-quality, independent training?  Lots of stuff!

Obviously, the most important thing is that you get a copy of the program when it's done. That's really why you're here, right? We know warm fuzzy feelings only go so far; you want SOUND Volume II! And yep, you'll get it -- when all is said and done, this program will retail for about $89.95, but because you're with us at the ground floor, we'll juice you in at the $65 level. And that's not all you'll get, either -- you'll have access to exclusive material, mini-lessons, and outtakes as production progresses. This material won't be included on the final release, so as our thanks for your support, you'll get what no one else will. That's a deal only our Kickstarter backers will get.

At the $100 level, you'll get all of that, plus, you'll be listed as a backer of the project and given a special thanks in the program. Also, you will have the choice of download of either the original SOUND for Film and Television, or LIGHTING for Film and Television.

At the $250 level, you'll get all of that, plus you'll be listed as an associate producer. Your name will be hallowed for time immemorial right in the credits. That's the whole package -- right there on the screen, right there on IMDb. And, you'll receive an item used in production -- a prop piece, a costume piece, or other item, signed by the production team.

At the $500 level, you'll (of course) get all of the above, but you'll also be given a producer credit, be invited to the set, and be part of a special early-screening audience for feedback, suggestion, and finalization!

But if you'd just like to support us, at the $10 level, we'll post a list of "thanks!" on the SOUND Volume II web page, and at the $25 level, we'll still send you production updates and exclusive outtakes.

Excerpts from some more of our previous work.

 LIGHTING for Film and Television:

Risks and challenges

As with any production, it's possible to hit snags -- weather delays, loss of locations, personnel scheduling, and so forth, but we're planning a long enough timeline so that we shouldn't see much problem meeting our goals. Plus, we plan to keep you updated with bits of content along the way, so you won't be waiting too long before getting something back!

Also, as production goes on, it sometimes makes sense to shift the contents a bit -- subjects may be added, expanded, or dropped.

Whatever happens, we'll be communicating with you, and hopefully you'll be communicating with us, all throughout production, so you'll be well-apprised of what we're up to and how far along we are, so there won't be any surprises.

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