Music and sound design are two of the most powerful tools for storytellers. In this Master Class we will explore how sound design and music work together to communicate emotion, tone, and characters, and how music can be used to complement or counterpoint visual storytelling.

Join Peter Golub, composer and Director of Film Music at Sundance Institute and Glenn Kiser, Director of the Dolby Institute, and several guests in a live, three-hour online Master Class to investigate the creative process of Music and Sound in Film. This is an essential class for any writer, director, producer, composer, or sound artist seeking best practices and shared language to collaborate and serve the soundscape of a film.


Download the list of resources from Peter Golub, Glenn Kiser and Sundance Co//ab

Topics presented will include:

  • 00:00 - Welcome and Introductions from Sundance Co//ab
  • 06:45 - Introduction from Peter Golub and Hildur Gu∂nadóttir
  • 13:00 - How Music and Sound Design Work Together
  • 36:00 - Composing From a Character’s State of Mind
  • 01:01 - Q&A with Hildur Gu∂nadóttir
  • 01:15 - Balancing Multiple Artistic Projects with Hildur Gu∂nadóttir and Tamar-kali        
  • 01:31 - Introduction to The Assistant Case Study with Moderator Glenn Kiser and Panelists Tamar-Kali, Leslie Shatz and Kitty Green
  • 01:48 - Case Study in Music and Sound Design: The Assistant 
  • 02:40 - Q&A with Tamar-Kali, Leslie Shatz and Kitty Green
  • 02:50 - Closing Remarks 

Presented in partnership with the Dolby Institute.

Peter Golub is the composer of numerous works for film, the concert hall, theatre and dance. His film scores include: FROZEN RIVER (directed by Courtney Hunt and nominated for 2 Academy Awards); THE LARAMIE PROJECT (for HBO); THE GREAT DEBATERS (directed by Denzel Washington and co-composed with James Newton Howard); WORDPLAY; COUNTDOWN TO ZERO; SOUND OF A DREAM; and SONGS MY BROTHER TAUGHT ME (dir. by Chloe Zhao). more...
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. Before joining Skywalker, Kiser was a post-production executive at Propaganda Films, where he worked with directors including David Fincher, Spike Jonze, Jane Campion, and Neil LaBute. Fun facts: Glenn played a mean tuba in high school, and at one time Marlon Brando called him obsessively for two weeks. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. more...

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