Kim CherrieSound Designer...Sound Designer: What is it?
The Sound Designer is an Artist that is brought in during the production stages of planning. The Sound designer will meet up with the Composer. They'll study the script and assemble as much information that they can to get on the characters. The Sound designer will have to get together with not only the Director but also the Design team, to get a clear understanding of the film, production or play. The sound must relate back to the narritive thematic needs of the film. 

Sound is a very important part of the film as it had the ability to convey loads of emotions examples of this would be:

  • motivate actions and indicate events taking place offstageimagesCA9W6C87.jpg
  • establish the time of day, season and weather
  • locate the action in a specific place
  • create mood and changes in mood
  • stimulate audience expectations of what is to come
  • provide information about the characters
  • build transitions between scenes
  • offer shortcuts that rapidly advance the plot or recall past events

The stages that the Sound Designer is needed in is all threee pre-production, production and post production. This is becuaes they need to meet up with the driector and the design team to discuss the the interpretation of the film and how the scene needs to feel, in the movie. the Sound Desgner also needs to work with the composer to make sure that the music and sound work in together well, so the one doesn't take out the other. These are all very important because if there is no communication between the three of them then the final product might not sound right. So more stress for the sound designer and the movie will get relaesed later.


The requirements for this coures is by interveiw and folio, with 25+ for english. The coures that are available in Melbourne are located at RMIT University, coures title is Sound Designer, at the city campus and it leads you into an undergraduate career.
The course introduces the students to the importance of the theoretical studies of the relationship between the sound and the image. The differences between both Sound Design and Soundtrack, are very crucial, because the formats and the productsare almost the same but different. RMIT University runs workshops for the student that are doing the coures. The student are allowed to chooes their own projects that will give them the opportunity to demonstrate skills and knowlegde.


The equipment that the sound designer need to know howw to use and have great knowledge of, non-linear workstations and software like Avid, Pro-tools, Final Cut and depending on how you are all of these programs will change. Also will need to have a good understanding of acoustics, and knowledge of sound recording and editing techniques both analogue and digital. You'll need to have an under standing for all of the cameras and microphones so that you can capture the sensation of the different sound that are being made at all different times. Sometimes the Sound Designer will go back to the way that they did it in the olden days, and they'll go and make the sound and record it, then put it into the track.

tony.jpgAwards to be won:Academy of Motion Picture Arts and SciencesBest Sound DesignerBest Sound MIxing Australain Screen Sound AwardsBest Sound Effects Editing Tony Award for best Sound Design

Famous Sound Designers:ben-burtt-wall-e.jpg

Ben Burt

Born: 12 July 1948
American Sound Designer, Film Editor, Film Director and Screenwriter
Worked on:
-Star Wars (1977)
-Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981)
- ET the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
-Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
-WALL-E (2008)

Ben Burt is well known for his efforts in Star Wars coming up with the "voice of R2-D2, the lightsaber and the heavy breathing of the evil Darth Vader.
Awards that Ben has won and been nominated for:
  • Best Sound Effects Editing in 1989 for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  • Best Sound Effects Editingin 1982 for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • Special Achievementt for Sound Effects Editing in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  • Special Achievement for Sound Effects Editing in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)

Nominated for:
  • Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing in 2008 for WALL-E
  • Best Sound Effects Editing in 1999 for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  • Best Documentary Short Subject in 1996 for directing Special Effects: Anything Can Happen
  • Best Sound in 1989 for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  • Best Sound Effects Editing in 1988 for Willow
  • Best Sound and Best Sound Effects Editing in 1983 for Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

Whatch this clip from the Sound Designer of Wallie.

Craig Henighan- Sound Designer of The Black Swan;