Great sound design is not exclusive to big-budget studio films. It is something that can be employed by filmmakers with any size budget. Learn the role sound design can play at the conceptual stage of your independent project and how sound can help you tell your story. Join filmmakers Alma Har’el and Benh Zeitlin as they present scenes from their films HONEY BOY and WENDY. The filmmakers, both recipients of the Dolby Institute Fellowship, will recount how they used sound design to establish place and help convey their characters' inner experiences. They’ll discuss how sound connects with music as a creative element, and explain how filmmakers can make use of immersive new technologies like Dolby Atmos at a variety of budget levels. 

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Benh Zeitlin is a writer, director, composer based in New Orleans, Louisiana. His films include the four-time Oscar nominated BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, WENDY, and the short GLORY AT SEA. He composes music for his own films and others such as BRIMSTONE & GLORY and MEDITERRANEA. He also works to help emerging filmmakers making 'impossible' projects through the Court 13 collective - producing on films such as BURNING CANE, GIVE ME LIBERTY, and NO KINGS. more...
Alma Har’el is an award-winning director who brought to life visionary work in documentary, music videos, TV commercials and scripted narrative. She is also the first woman in DGA Awards history to be nominated for both commercial directing (2018) and narrative directing (2020). 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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