Short course

Overview

This five day course (with an additional optional cable-making workshop day) is aimed at industry professionals who want a better understanding of film sound recording. This course will provide the background knowledge, theory and practical skills required to achieve broadcast quality sound for film and television.

THIS COURSE COVERS

  • Recording sound on location
  • Working methods for drama and documentary shooting
  • Microphones - use, tips & techniques
  • Location Mixers
  • Digital video cameras and recorders
  • An overview of non-linear and multi-track recording
  • Timecode
  • Stereo
  • First line maintenance

Practical exercises include recording on a documentary and a drama location.

By the end of the course you will be fully equipped with the knowledge of what is technically and creatively required to record sound for film and television.

Cable-Making Workshop 

An additional cable-making workshop will run on Saturday 16th November.  You can sign up for this as part of the full course or as a stand-alone day (please specify this on the application form)

This workshop will cover the correct way to solder cables and connectors to make neat and lasting joints and provides you with the opportunity to make a microphone cable and as many other short linking cables as time allows and to take them home at the end of the day.

Previous course participants said: 

'(I) learnt proper application of mics, the protocol for on-set terminology between interviewer/subject and on film sets with Camera crew etc.  The main overall requirement for producing a high quality sound for editors to use was so beneficial.'
'(Highlights included) learning the theory and learning from an industry expert, Mervyn (tutor), with no limit on the questions we threw at him. Thereafter the practical examples of setting up levels, correct use of mics, in a live environment..basically being thrown in and recording broadcast sound with members of the public (vox pops) and on a film set'

 

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £825
Corporate Rate: £1500

Cable-Making Workshop Freelance Rate: £215 
Cable-Making Workshop Corporate Rate: £330

Please note that the workshop rate also covers the cost of materials. 
 

BURSARY INFORMATION

Bursaries, supported by the Scottish Government, are also available for those who are eligible.

If you wish to apply for a bursary to contribute to the costs of your course, please read the bursary guidelines below carefully to confirm your eligibility. Please do not apply to a course unless you are sure you meet the bursary eligibility criteria or are able to pay for the course. 

Once you have submitted your application, your bursary application should be submitted to scotland@nfts.co.uk.

NFTS Scotland Bursary Guidelines

NFTS Scotland Bursary Application Form

If you are not eligible for an NFTS Scotland bursary, please also read our Alternative Funding Avenues document which points you in the direction of a few other places which may be able to help.

SCREENSKILLS BURSARIES

Course applicants for NFTS Scotland courses listed on ScreenSkills Skills Passport are now also eligible to apply for the Skills Passport Bursary (as long as they fit the eligibility criteria of the course itself) whilst the course is featured by ScreenSkills. Please follow the links for more information and to apply. 

How to apply

Application deadline: Book Now

To apply for this course, please complete the application form and submit your CV and a Diversity Monitoring Form to scotland@nfts.co.uk.