NFTS Leeds: Introduction to Location Sound Recording

Short course


This course is aimed individuals with a keen interest in location sound recording. It will suit industry professionals who want a better understanding of film sound recording. This course will provide an introduction to the background knowledge, theory and practical skills required to achieve quality sound for film and television.

This Course Covers:

  • The essential kit required to achieve good quality location sound recordings
  • Safe set up and use of sound recording equipment
  • Practical application of sound recording equipment
  • Using sound recording equipment indoors and outdoors
  • Independent sound recording
  • Working methods for drama, documentary and interview shooting
  • Microphones - use, tips & techniques
  • Location Mixers
  • Transferring audio files to monitoring/playback equipment
  • Group activities, including reviewing peer work
  • Timecode
  • Stereo
  • First line maintenance

During the course you will get to grips with the equipment and techniques used to successfully record sound on location.

By the end of the course you will have developed a greater understanding of the fundamentals of location sound recording and the associated kit.

About the Tutor:

This course is taught by experienced location sound recordist, Mathew Birch. Mathew is a freelance location sound recordist and post editor based in Yorkshire and has worked internationally for over 10 years. Mathew specialises in documentaries, commercials and branded content and has worked for a range of international companies including Netflix, ITV, Channel 4 and the BBC. He has recently been listed as a member of the BFI Network and BAFTA 2021 Crew.

(Pic: Mathew & Harvey Keitel)


Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance: £625

Corporate: £925

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however a keen interest in sound recording is essential.

How to apply

Application deadline: Book Now


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