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Music and sound design are two of the most powerful tools for filmmakers to enhance their stories. In this Master Class we explore how these elements work together to communicate emotion, tone, and characters, and how music can be used to complement visual storytelling.

Join Sundance Institute’s Director of Film Music Peter Golub and Academy Award, Grammy, Emmy, and BAFTA-winning Composer and Artist Hildur Gu∂nadóttir (Joker, Chernobyl) as they discuss the process by which composers and sound designers can build the world with the filmmaker and be an essential part of shaping a film’s story and overall message. The Master Class also includes a case study of the film The Assistant with Director Kitty Green, Composer Tamar-kali and Sound Designer Leslie Shatz, moderated by Glenn Kiser, Director of The Dolby Institute.


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

Topics covered 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. more...
Hildur Gudnadóttir is an Academy Award-, Golden Globe-, Emmy-, two-time Grammy-, and BAFTA-winning Icelandic artist, who has been manifesting herself at the forefront of experimental pop and contemporary music. In her solo works, she draws out a broad spectrum of sounds from her instrumentation, ranging from intimate simplicity to huge soundscapes. more...
Brooklyn-born and bred artist Tamar-kali is a second-generation musician with roots in the coastal Sea Islands of South Carolina. As a composer, Tamar-kali has defied boundaries to craft her own unique alternative sound. 2017 marked her debut as a film score composer. Her score for Dee Rees’ Oscar-nominated MUDBOUND, garnered her the World Soundtrack Academy’s 2018 Discovery of the Year Award and has been classified by Indiewire as one of the 25 Best Film Scores of the 21st Century. more...
Leslie Shatz is an academy award and Emmy award-nominated sound designer whose career spans 50 years. Among the many directors, he has worked with include John Cassavetes, David Lynch, Francis Coppola, Todd Haynes, Gus Van Sant, Kelly Reichardt, and Kitty Green. more...
Kitty Green is an award-winning Australian filmmaker. Kitty’s independent feature documentary, ‘Ukraine Is Not A Brothel’ premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2013 and screened at over 50 festivals internationally. In 2015, Kitty’s documentary short, ‘The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul’ premiered at Sundance where it was awarded the Non-fiction Jury Prize. Kitty’s hybrid feature ‘Casting JonBenet’ premiered at the Sundance in 2017 and is currently streaming globally on Netflix. In 2018, Kitty was a Sundance Fellow in the ‘Art of Nonfiction' initiative. Kitty’s first narrative feature, ‘The Assistant’ was completed in 2019 and premiered at Telluride and Sundance. It was released theatrically in the US in January. more...

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