Behind the Scenes hosts Sound Academy
UAE: Behind the Scenes and Sennheiser Middle East recently teamed up to deliver a free five-day workshop on the audio aspects of cinematography. The event featured in-depth presentations and demonstrations of the latest audio solutions as well as intensive hands-on sessions.
‘In recent years, the UAE’s production industry has seen exponential growth as the country has become a sought-after filming destination for blockbuster productions,’ said Mohammad Salam, managing director at Behind the Scenes. ‘This presents exciting new opportunities for filmmakers in the region and Behind the Scenes is committed to cultivating local talent. The collaboration and support of brands such as Sennheiser helps us deliver world-class knowledge and bring attendees up-to-speed with the very latest technologies and standards in the market.’
The event itself was led by Sennheiser’s John McGregor. He presented detailed overviews on the manufacturer’s latest audio solutions including the Digital 9000, AVX, EK 6042 and MKH 8000 shotgun microphones, Esfera Surround Sound microphone and the MKE 2 Elements microphone for GoPro Hero 4. The workshop’s practical sessions covered subjects such as how to choose the correct microphone for a specific requirement, how to set up and work with wireless microphones and how to work with recorded sounds in postproduction.
In addition to Mr McGregor’s sessions, Simon Charles of Carbide Sound and Anas Al Said Yahya of Digital Sound, who both attended the event, shared their extensive knowledge of location sound recording with attendees during the practical portion.
‘The workshop was expertly conducted and helped provide an accurate overview of the current trends in the audio industry,’ said attendee Sivaprasad Nandakumar, assistant professor, School of Media and Communication at Manipal University. ‘Without understating the importance of classroom knowledge, there is a lot to gain from on-the-job experience and this workshop helped condense an impressive volume of information into practical easy to follow sessions. While the products highlighted were from Sennheiser, John made it a point to describe them in a neutral manner, focusing instead on the features we should look out for when evaluating an audio solution. The cost of professional production equipment can be quite daunting so making the right choices is often critical and I believe my students and I are now better prepared.’
The free event was one of 24 that Behind the Scenes plans to host in 2017. It received the patronage of partner organisers Dubai Studio City, Dubai Culture, DIFF and technology sponsor Vitec. Throughout the rest of the year the production house will host workshops that dive into all aspects of cinematography including lighting, screenwriting, lenses, photography and make-up. ‘Our goal is to raise the standard of the industry as a whole so we are better prepared to capitalise on the opportunities made possible through the support and patronage of the government of the UAE,’ concluded Mr Salam.