Basics of Sound Design Virtual Workshop


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Films/Movies/Videos are an AUDIO-VISUAL medium which means they contain 50% sound and 50% visual (at times sound even overplays the visual).

Though Sound is one of the most talked about subjects in films, it is still the least understood department of filmmaking. It has been observed that captivating sound is one of the most important attributes that separate a professional film from an amateur one. New and aspiring filmmakers rarely give importance to audio/sound because they usually come from or have a background of writing and photography, neither of which have any association with sound. Due to this gap in knowledge we don’t plan properly for sound and sound related tasks which results in a poor quality sound track and eventually takes the viewer’s attention away from your story and visuals. Many short films, low-budget films, and sometimes even big feature films have failed because of this, despite having an interesting story.


  • Sound cannot be taught only by lectures or theories but by practicing, listening and understanding it.
  • Your mentor will guide you through the entire workshop using film clips, audio clips, live demonstrations and interactive lectures.
  • Laptops/Computers and Head/Ear phones are recommended while attending the sessions.
  • The Workshop will take place over 2 Weekends. The timings will be 10:00 to 14:00 with a small break.


  • This workshop will work as an ignition/first step towards your understanding of sound in films.
  • Have better working knowledge of the subject which will allow you to confidently deal with Audio/Sound at all stages of Filmmaking.
  • Understand the fundamental concepts of Sound Design.
  • Receive an e-Certificate on completion of the workshop (minimum 80% attendance).
Basics of Sound Design Virtual Workshop


Course Objective:

The participants will have a better working knowledge of the subject to confidently deal with Audio/Sound at all stages of filmmaking:

  • Planning (Pre-production)
  • Shooting/Recording (Production)
  • Designing/Editing/Mixing (Post-Production)


Course Contents:

  • Introduction to Basics of Sound
    • Aesthetic uses
    • Technical aspects
  • Importance of Sound in any A/V medium
  • Essential elements of Sound
    • Dialogue
    • Music 
    • Sound Effects (SFx)
  • What is Sound? How is it produced and propagated?
    • Analogy of sound with ripples
    • Understanding the Human Ear.
    • Ear and Microphone
  • Subjective aspects of Sound and how they can be manipulated to prepare a sound track 
    • Pitch
    • Timbre
    • Sound envelop (Attack-Decay-Sustenance-Release)
    • Rhythm
    • Time and more
  • Continuity of Sound
    • Temporal 
    • Spatial continuity
  • Analog and Digital Sound recording 
    • Basic concepts and characteristics of each medium
    • Chain of propagation from microphone to speakers
    • Basic explanation and characteristics of each element in the chain
  • Evolution of Sound from the first Talkies to the modern day Dolby Atmos
  • Sound Designing – basic concepts, techniques and more
  • The Sound Department
    • Duties and responsibilities of sound personnel at different stages of filmmaking; from pre-production, production to post-production.
  • Post-production
    • Basic cleaning, levelling and layering with semi-professional softwares like “Audacity” or “Wave pad”.

About the Mentor

Subhashis Roy Sound Design Teacher

Subhashis Roy

Sound Mixer & Designer

Subhashis Roy graduated from the Film & television Institute of India (FTII) in Cinema with specialization in Film Sound.
Since then he has the experience of working in the Mumbai Film and TV Industry as a Production Sound Mixer and Designer for more than 13 years.
He has worked on several Documentary Films for Various Foreign productions and channels like Channel-4(BBC), Discovery Atlas, PBS(USA and Canada), AARTÈ(French German channel). And worked for various Award Winnig Indian documentary Films.

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  • Dinesh Shenoy

    “Basics of Sound Design Virtual Workshop”

    Hi, I took this course online and I’m glad I took it:)

    Even though I’ve been working in filmmaking since the last 23 years, first as a cinematographer, then Line producer/Producer, I hadn’t given much thought about sound designing! Therefore I decided to take up this short term course.

    As I said during the course, after this course, the way I watch movies has changed:) Earlier I would be so consumed by the visuals I never used to concentrate on audio part of it.

    As Subhashis sir rightly mentioned during the course that film is all about Audio Visual experience, so we cannot ignore Audio part at all…

    I’d like to thank guys at Living Bridge for conducting the course and Subhashis sir for enlightening us with his vast knowledge:)

    3 Aug 2020
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