Careers in Film Sound Design

Careers in Film Sound Design

Since the rise of talkies, sound has been an integral part of moviemaking. Today, there's much more to film audio than recording dialogue. With a career in film sound design, you could be a principal member of the production staff with influence on studio and location recording, sound effects, music, and post-production audio.

But why choose film sound design over other recording careers? If you love music/audio and movies or TV, then a more perfect career couldn't exist.

Here are a few key jobs in film sound design:

Boom Operator

Boom operators are responsible for microphone placement. Camera position, lighting/shadows, and ambient noise all need to be considered when deciding where to place the mic.

Sound Mixer

Sound mixers supervise the boom operator, and they're responsible for all sound recorded on set.

Foley Artist

Ever wondered what really makes the sound when a sword swishes through the air? Foley artists create those everyday sounds by doing things like crinkling cellophane or flapping cardboard.

Supervising Sound Editor

Sometimes referred to as a sound director or recording director, the supervising sound editor is responsible for overseeing all aspects of audio.

As a film sound designer, you'll need strong creative ability and technical skills including knowledge of audio product software such as Pro Tools and Reason.

See the full listing of schools offering top sound design degrees.

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