Sound and music are essential elements of storytelling and creating movie magic, whether you are making a low-budget indie film or a studio tentpole. When you find the right composer and sound design team, this collaboration is transformative in achieving your vision and inspiring the experience of your audience.

Join Glenn Kiser, Director of the Dolby Institute, for a conversation with director and Sundance alum Nia DaCosta (Candyman), Academy Award-nominated Composer Laura Karpman (American Fiction), and Supervising Sound Editor Katy Wood (Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness) as they discuss creating the thrilling soundscape of The Marvels, highlighting specific scenes from the film. In this online event, we will talk about how the collaboration remains the same and how the work evolves as you move from indie film to studio job.

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Nia DaCosta is one of the freshest and most in-demand voices in Hollywood having written and directed projects for stage, film and television. Currently, Nia is in post-production for HEDDA, a reimagining of Henrik Ibsen’s famous play “Hedda Gabler”, for MGM’s Orion Pictures and Plan B. The film, which Nia wrote, directed and produced, stars Tessa Thompson and Nina Hoss. more...
Oscar nominated, five-time Emmy award winning composer Laura Karpman creates powerful, imaginative scores that push the boundaries of storytelling. Her bold, incandescent works span film, television, theater, interactive media and live performance, reflecting an audaciously creative, prodigious fresh spirit. Karpman collaborates with some of the most renowned filmmakers of our time, including Eleanor, Francis Ford and Sofia Coppola, Cord Jefferson, Nia DaCosta, Alex Gibney, Misha Green, Rory Kennedy, Kasi Lemmons, Laura Nix, Sam Pollard and Steven Spielberg. more...
Katy Wood is a sound supervising sound editor originally from New Zealand. Her career in sound for film has spanned more than 20 years. Katy has worked extensively in the United States, New Zealand, Australia, and the United Kingdom. She has also lectured in sound for film in Australia, Chile, and Mexico. more...
Moderator | Director of the Dolby Institute
Glenn Kiser is the Director of the Dolby Institute, Dolby’s initiative to bring education and inspiration to filmmakers and content creators about the creative use of sound and picture in storytelling. Previously, Kiser was the VP & General Manager of Lucasfilm’s Skywalker Sound, where he oversaw sound work on film projects such as AVATAR, THE INCREDIBLES, the STAR WARS prequels, THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, and the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN and HARRY POTTER films. more...

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