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, THE PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN and HARRY POTTER films. more...

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