Sound Production and Design Master Class | October 21 & 22

Dates: Saturday and Sunday, October 21 & 22, 2017
Rice Media Center, Rice University Entrance 8 (University @ Stockton), Houston, TX
Time: 10 am – 5pm each day

Here’s what you’ll learn:

Day 1: Production | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Learn basic understanding of practical skills, techniques, and procedures of location sound with lecture and hands-on learning and listening.

  • Basic understanding of mic design and how to hear the difference.
  • How to choose a microphone for a scene.
  • Boom operator techniques: how to work with camera lenses and lighting.
  • Wireless mics: various mic techniques on hiding mics and best practices for wiring talent.
  • Mixing styles to match production types. (feature films, reality, corporate)
  • Synchronization techniques and practices
  • Sound reports, take and track labelling, data management.
  • Set etiquette: who to interact with to get the info you need.

Day 1 Instructor: Scott Szabo
Scott Szabo is the composer for several nationally syndicated TV series including “Judge Faith” (2014-Current) “Judge Alex” (2004-2014) and “Texas Justice” (2001-2004). He also produced and arranged the music for “Divorce Court” (2008-2012). In 2015 Scott won Best Original Music Award from the Houston Comedy Film Festival for a feature called “Doll Factory”. Also, in 2009, Scott won a Telly award for music for the short film Saving Evan White and won a Gold Medal in 2005 at the Park City Film Music Festival for his score of “Dancing in Twilight”.Over the past 27 years, Scott has built a solid career as an accomplished and award-winning music composer for film, television and multimedia. Learn more about Scott.

Day 2: Post-Production | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

See a demonstration of sound editing techniques in Pro Tools and discuss common pitfalls and solutions in the audio editing process. Basic understanding of the audio editing process.

  • Splitting out and choosing dialogue takes.
  • When to replace Production FX.
  • What is Foley? When do we use it?
  • Proper Use of Background Tracks.

Sound Design

  • Creating Your Universe.
  • Using sound to replace dialogue.
  • Creating mood and character with Sound FX.
  • Audio Mix Steps – Pre-mixes, stems, versions.
  • Audio Mix etiquette – Who’s who, when to interject, when to be quiet.

Day 2 Instructor: Kelley Baker

A graduate of USC’s film school, Kelley has a BA and an MFA in film production. He is an author, (Road Dog, The Angry Filmmaker Survival Guide: Part One & Part Two) and an Independent Filmmaker. He has written and directed three full‑length features (Birddog, The Gas Café, & Kicking Bird), eight short films and quite a few documentaries.

His films have aired on PBS, Canadian and Australian television, and have been shown at Film Festivals including London, Sydney, Annecy, Sao Paulo, Sundance, Chicago, Aspen, Mill Valley and Edinburgh.

In addition to his own films he was the sound designer on six of Gus Van Sant’s feature films including, My Own Private Idaho, Good Will Hunting, and Finding Forrester, and Todd Haynes film, Far From Heaven. He did the sound on Will Vinton’s, The Adventures of Mark Twain, three Claymation specials for CBS, and Michelle Mower’s films, The Preacher’s Daughter and The Preacher’s Mistress. Over the years he has done sound design on feature films, documentaries, television shows, commercials and anything else that interests him.

Kelley’s approach to sound design is unique. He highlights story and character in his work. He uses sound to move the story forward, reveal character traits, bring back memories, and foreshadow upcoming events.

When he realized that no distributor was interested in his own films Kelley tore a page out of the punk rock handbook and booked his own film tour.

He borrowed a pick-up truck and a canopy and burned a thousand DVD’s of all of his films (one at a time on an old computer), and hit the road going to media art centers, art house theaters, colleges, universities, video stores and even bars to show his films. At the end of two months he had sold hundreds of DVD’s and actually made money.

Since that first major tour was successful, Kelley purchased a used van and over the next ten years went out on the road twice a year. He traveled with his one hundred-twenty-pound Chocolate Lab Moses.

Kelley’s vision of Independent Filmmaking is unique. He believes in complete control of his own work from script to screen. He writes and directs all of his films and self-distributes them.

Kelley believes that a artist must retain the rights and control of his/her work and that marketing and distribution are just as important as the writing and creating. Artists must know every aspect of the business so that they can create the careers that they see for themselves in the future.

To learn more about Kelley and his work we invite you to check out his website,, for more information.


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