Andy Hope, course leader for the Cameras, Sound and Vision Mixing Diplomas at the NFTS, talks about this exciting area of the television industry and what the NFTS course could do for your career. Having worked in the music and television industries for 30 years, Andy’s career has spanned roles as a Music Recording Engineer, to Producer, TV Sound Supervisor and TV Director. This session was part of the RTS Futures Careers Fair 2022.
Mark Davey is a camera operator at ITN. Presenting the news camera masterclass, he told the RTS audience that sound journalistic skills, the ability to form good relationships and a keen logistical sense were all essential for his job. Davey, ITN reporter Robert Moore and producer Sophie Alexander were the only news crew to film inside the US Capitol in January 2021, when pro-Trump insurrectionists stormed the building claiming that the presidential election had been stolen from them.
Nick Fry, head of audio at Soho facility The Farm, gives a masterclass in sound at the RTS Student Masterclasses 2021.
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Kate Hopkins, Sound Supervisor (Dynasty - Lion, Planet Earth - Grasslands), and Mark Roberts, Sound Recordist (Frozen Planet - On Thin Ice, The 1900 Island), will give a masterclass in sound, talking about their experiences in the industry and answering all your burning questions about how to break into sound.
The production sound mixer and the sound designer who worked closely on creating the soundscapes for Normal People discuss their use of sound skills as art and as craft.
Niall O’Sullivan recorded the location sound, which Steve Fanagan mixed in post-production – along with added dialogue, Foley sounds, music and sound effects – to create the final sound.
Fanagan described his task as one of “creating a world soundwise that feels truthful to the world portrayed on screen”.
Two clips illustrated the work of the sound specialists. The first – Marianne and Connell’s first romantic encounter in the former’s family home – was recorded by O'Sullivan with two boom microphones.
Matt Bacon, sound recordist/location sound supervisor, and Kate Davis, head of sound at Directors Cut Films, shared the essentials for recording good quality sound and the advantages of using foley effects at the RTS Craft Skills Masterclasses 2019.
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Davis received a Bafta nomination this year for her work on the BBC Four documentary Amy Winehouse: Back to Black. Bacon specialises in formatted and entertainment series such as Channel 5 reality show The Bachelor and the BBC’s Masterchef.
Covering a lot of ground from the humble cathode-ray tube to the latest 8k displays, Lodge explained what it takes to make a production truly immersive – so the scene feels as real as if viewers were seeing it with their own eyes.
The viewers’ vision is filled with what’s playing out before them; cuts, mixes and zooms don’t make sense in this environment. The production needs to find other ways to lead them from one scene to the next.
Journalist and presenter, BBC News
In an era of widespread concern about fake news, trusted and experienced correspondents such as the BBC’s award-winning Clive Myrie are more important than ever.