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Instructor Info:Bill Brand
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TA Info:Magda Bermudez
Term: 2013S
Meeting Info: Tuesday
06:30 PM - 09:30 PM Jerome Liebling Center 120

This course is for advanced film and video students who are prepared to work both collaboratively on group exercises and also on their own individual projects. Students will be expected to complete several exercises and a final project. The course will deal in some depth with the theory and practice of working with sound and music for film including 16mm sound-synch filmmaking, audio recording on location and the set, and post-production editing and mixing. Students will practice making sound tracks for film and video using digital editing tools. Readings and writing about the theory and history of the subject is an essential aspect of the course. Workshops that give training for using equipment and software will occur outside regularly scheduled class and students who already have experience in music composition, electronic music, or sound recording and mixing are welcome in the course.

Evaluation Criteria:

Requirements for Receiving an Evaluation for this Course 

Pay Attention. These are real!!!

1) Attendance at class meetings. Unexcused absences may result in NO EVAL.

2) Completion of each image and audio "exercise".

3) Completion of weekly self-assigned “practice exercise”

4) Completion of a final project (Final Semester Division III students may use their Division III project for this requirement)

5) Active participation in class discussions, critiques and group projects.

6) Journal of written responses to reading assignments and film screenings submitted periodically via Moodle.

7) Submit a Self Evaluation by last day of classes - May 3.

The most important aspect of this course is making images and sounds. Showing and critiquing work in class is a vital part of the course work. It is not enough just to do the assignments. If you are not making images and sounds and sharing them in class, don't even think about an evaluation!

Incompletes are not given except for medical emergencies.


Additional Info:


Office Hours: Tues. 2pm - 3:30pm, Wed. 10am – noon, Thur. 10am -11am

Office: Liebling Center, Room 106

To make an appointment by go to  

Log in with your Hampshire name and password, click "edit" at the top, sign up for the time(s) and day(s) you want to meet and then click "save" at the bottom.


Required Texts

Sound for Film and Television, Third Edition (Paperback) by Tomlinson Holman  ISBN 978-0-240-81330-1 (available in the bookstore)

Readings on course web site

Additional Recommended Texts

In the Blink of an Eye by Walter Murch

Unheard Melodies: Narrative Film Music by Claudia Gorbman

Film Sound: Theory and Practice edited by Ellisabeth Weis and John Belton

The Filmmaker's Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for the Digital Age by Steven Ascher, Edward Pincus

Lab Fee

There is a $50 lab fee for all members of this class. This covers materials in the Liebling Center. The lab fee will be charged to your Hampshire account.  5-College students must pay by check.

Video Editing Workshops

Workshops in using the video, audio and digital editing facilities are periodically offered by John Gunther, John Bruner and others. Take advantage of these to get familiar with the facilities, equipment and applications. Keep your eyes out for notices or request a workshop or individualized instruction.

Faculty and Staff

Faculty in the Film/Photo/Video program this semester are Bill Brand, Crescent Diamond, Jackie Hayden, Lorne Falk, Kara Lynch, Billie Mandle, Abraham Ravett, Jules Rosskam and Kane Stewart.  Joan Braderman, Baba Hillman and Sandra Matthews are on leave.

Kane Stewart is the Technical Director of Film/Photo/Video Facilities. He is in charge of managing and maintaining equipment and operations of the building including coordinating student monitors and equipment loans.

John Gunther and John Bruner are Media Production Specialists. They runs workshops in video and digital production hardware and software and are generally available to help students in digital and video production facilities. Jack Furtado is the alumni intern. He will be assisting in many classes and helping to train students the Film/Photo/Video facilities including film and still photo cameras, digital video and photography equipment, optical printer, animation stand.

.Film , Video and Photography Equipment

Equipment for projects is available through Media Services in the Library.  To borrow the equipment you’ll need for this class, you must first be checked out by Jack Furtado or by the Media Services staff.  You can reserve the equipment you need at Media Services. You are responsible for its care and for returning it on time.  Check the rules, procedures and hours at Media Services.

The Film/Photo Building Hours

Monday - Thursday: 1:00 pm to midnight Friday and Saturday:1:00 pm to 6:00 pm Sunday 1:00 pm to midnight.  (subject to change)

Editing and projection equipment is available in the building during open hours. Once you have paid your lab fee, you may check out a key from the monitor's office to the room you need. Splicers and projectors are kept in the monitor's office. You must leave your I.D. card to check out keys or equipment.


Filmmaking can be a very expensive activity! The cost of materials or laboratory fees should never be an excuse for not fulfilling an assignment in a timely manner. If you are having financial problems that threaten your ability to complete an assignment, speak to me in person.

Film & Processing

Film is processed by commercial film labs.  Students can organize group shipments to keep costs down.  Arrangement for payment must be made with the film lab (they will take credit cards). Film stock can be purchased directly from Kodak at the student discount rate. If ordering from Kodak, get a student discount form from the equipment office. 


Filmmaking is very time consuming and you must plan ahead to spend time doing it. You also have to plan time to wait for processed film to come back from the lab.  A rule of thumb: Figure out how long it will take you and multiply that by 10. That's 1/2 the time you'll need!