Lol Hammond visited Lincoln to talk to 3rd year Audio Production students about his role at Vertigo Films as a Music Supervisor. In this highly entertaining talk, Lol drew on his experiences on working on films such as Bronson, Monsters and It’s All Gone Pete Tong to give a fascinating insight into how he works with film directors, editors and composers in order to create a soundtrack to help bring a film to life.
He explained to students how the choice of songs and score can be critical to the success of a film, particularly when trying to create the right feel/vibe or drive the narrative along. Mediation and translation of ideas between the director and composer is a crucial aspect of Lol’s role, as is keeping up with day-to-day administrative tasks and negotiating fees with artists, publishers and record companies.
This was a hugely enjoyable and informative talk, which gave students a much clearer understanding of the role of the Music Supervisor.
Grant Bridgeman is a familiar face around the university these days. He comes in to deliver workshops, masterclasses and lectures for our level 1 and 2 students.
In these sessions Grant draws on his experience and expertise to cover many aspects of working with audio for film and TV. This covers location sound recording, sound design, foley and sound effects capture, workflow and expert Pro Tools tuition in all aspects of audio post-production (track laying, dialogue editing, dialogue replacement and mixing etc.).
However, at level 3, Grant’s lecture covers the many aspects of his job other than the sound bit. In his Everything But The Sound lecture, Grant explains the day to day activities of the freelance audio professional. From filling in tax returns, to invoicing clients, to repairing kit, to archiving and accounting, to maintaining contacts and CV information. All the stuff that a student about to leave university needs to know, including some of the more difficult aspects such as no sick pay, no annual leave and sometimes wondering where the next job might come from.
Despite all this, it’s obvious that Grant loves his job and he’s a very enthusiastic lecturer. In fact, once he gets going, he’s very difficult to stop! We could definitely have done with an extra hour for this session. 🙂
Grant’s last job was as the sound recordist on ITV’s Mr Selfridge. For an interview with Grant about his experiences on this job please click here.
A tour of Universal Studios Audio Facilities
courtesy Designing Sound Blog
About Universal Studios Sound Department:
Universal’s Sound Editorial and Design Department provides state-of-the-art sound design and editorial services for live action and animated feature films, episodic television, interactive games, theme park rides and TV & airline versions. We take a personalized boutique approach to creating your soundtrack.
Our 5.1 surround editing suites feature brand new Pro Tools|HD editing workstations and a comprehensive networked sound library. Our high speed network links each editor with our unique and extensive sound effects library and also allows us to move sound and picture files throughout the department. We provide sound effects, dialogue, ADR and Foley. The most complex sound concepts can be realized in our deluxe sound design suites.