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Sound and Music in Film Class – Presentation

We take this opportunity to congratulate all the participants in the Sound and Music in Film class that started on 9th March and ended today.

All that starts well, ends well!

Thanks for the team work spirit and we do hope you will apply the knowledge and skills acquired starting next week. Don’t forget to share with your wider network…

Steve, Wilson, Catherine and Simon
Congratulation Catherine and all the participants
The team: Catherine, Rama, Steve, Simon, Wilson, Adson, Laurent and Elibahati


Summary; The course module covered the following;

  1. Introduction to sound; what is sound, recognizing pitch, loudness, timbre.
  2. Converting sound waves to electric signals, dynamic, condenser and ribbon microphones.
  3.  Amplifiers and loud speakers for surround and screen sound tracks.
  4. Sound recording for film, analogue sound, digital sound and Dolby sound.
  5. Sound recording required for documentary and feature films.
  6. Sound transfer and editing; sync sound with picture, linear editing and non linear editing.

Here is a video that was done by the Creative Media class in Feb 2015. This is what the participants were able to produce in a span of two weeks, isn’t that amazing?

Please click to watch!

Next week we welcome the Creative Media class   ( 23rd March to 1st April 2015)

Have a great weekend.

Inspiration Talk by Mr. Jackson Benty

As film makers we often receive assignments that vary from the annual events, music concerts, documentaries, featured stories, etc. Each assignment brings its share of challenges which can only be tackled by prepared and creative minds that are not afraid to try something new. Today we were honoured to host Mr. Jackson, who is a gospel artist, producer and a music teacher based here in Arusha, Tanzania.

He shared his journey with the Moving Tanzania participants who are currently taking the master classes in Sound and Music in Film making. Mr. Jackson is a self made producer who strive to pursue continues reading and research about how he can continue to produce quality production with limited resource. He demonstrated in brief his techniques behind producing quality music with his mobile studio (‘production sebuleni’) which he has been able to record many music production deals within timelines.

The following are the three tips that he shared as part of his success.

  1. Continues reading and research through the use of internet and books.
  2.  Know your equipment (Software and hardware).
  3. Survey the location before the main production by visiting the rehearsal sessions especially for events like music concerts etc.

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“To make a name in the music industry and have a market share, we need to embrace quality production at all costs.”  Mr. Jackson Bentybenty4

Sound and Music in Film

This class offers the technical application of sound recording, by using the right equipments to select appropriate sound and music for any production.

Class Outcome;
Application of high quality media production and the ability to deliver and select high quality sound and music for film and documentaries.


The course module covers the following main topics;

  1. Behaviour of sound in different locations.
  2. Preparation for set sound, microphones and sound recording
  3. Recording ambiances in stereo and recognizing technical errors.
  4. Sound edit and effects.
  5. Sound design and music editing.
  6. Sound mix for film and delivery for different media

Course goals and objectives in summary;

  • How does the behaviour of sound influence recordings.
  • Listening to sound in different locations.
  • Use short vocal sounds (PAH TAH x2) to hear the reverberation in the different locations.
  • Balance between direct sound and reverb, finding the critical distance.
  •  Examples of differently framed recordings. Close up, Medium with a little background and further away, but within the critical distance, and one outside the critical distance.
  • Boom and / or lovelier microphones. When do you use what?
  • Basic sound editing in any platform, AB editing, Sound editing in Final Cut Pro
  • Telling a story with music