Sound editing is no simple task, and different sound elements in a film require different approaches to the job. At VFS, you get first-hand experience taking on the various demands of the sound editor so that you're ready to take on any role in this important area of post-production.
Sound Effects Editing (SFX)
At VFS we can blow up the universe—all it takes is the right sounds, of course, and anything is possible. SFX put the punch into any scene, whether it's a Nascar race or World War Three, on this planet or beyond. But just because anything is possible doesn't mean that any old sound will work. Using top of the line equipment and software at VFS, you'll learn how to select and edit the ideal effects to complete the picture.
Emerging sound designers learn their craft on cutting-edge equipment
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A Sound Editor relies on his or her own personal collection of sounds, but an original soundtrack often demands more: a true Sound Editor leaves the studio with a portable digital recorder to capture something new and unique for each project. At VFS, you'll learn how to use the tools of a sound designer to augment your sound collection in the field.
Sound Design students take their recording equipment behind the scenes at the Vancouver Aquarium to capture the sounds of the resident wildlife and augment their sound effect libraries.
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The Dialogue Editor is an integral member of the Sound Department and works closely with the Director to assemble a synchronized audio track of all the dialogue in a film or television production. Dialogue can be especially difficult to record properly on-set, and is frequently rerecorded using automated dialogue replacement (ADR).
Studying ADR at VFS, students work with actors in the studio to rerecord his or her lines to perfectly match the original pacing and emotional intentions seen on screen. The Dialogue Editor then weaves the ADR and the Production Dialogue together for a seamless finish.
It is extremely important to capture the mood of the scene through the use of the appropriate background noises. Whether your scene takes place in a fantasy forest, the cold surface of the moon, or a suburban living room, at VFS you'll learn how to blend various sound elements to achieve just the right ambience to enhance the audience's film-going experience.
Sound Design students Jefferson Molinelli, Jonathan Borland and Nia Hansen edited and mixed the sound for "Cross", a VFS Film Production project.
Special Effects Editing (SPFX)
Alien spaceships, superhuman mutations, interstellar explosions, and monsters from the deep are all brought to life through special effects. During your year in Sound Design, you'll morph sound into new and never-before-heard experiences.
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