CDM 400 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Music and Sound Design in Cinema
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
CDM 400
Fall/Spring
2
2
3
5

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Elective
Course Level
-
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s) -
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives Students will learn to produce a short film/video with a creative soundtrack.
Course Description The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Make a field recording
  • Record voice
  • Produce creative work with recorded material
  • Do basic audio mixing and processing techniques
  • Create a soundtrack
  • Grasp how image and sound work together
Course Content This course will start out with a discussion of how sound cooperates with the imagetrack. The understanding is that sound affects the way the imagetrack is perceived and vice versa. Samples from films and video works will be analyzed. Students are expected to be able to develop their own styles in combining image and sound in a term project.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
X
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction Screening: Powaqqatsi
2 Basic terms of sound in film Reading Assigment: Rick Altman; Film SoundAll Of It
3 In Class Presentation: Analysis of a film clip Screening: Koyaanisqatsi
4 In class presentation: Your soundtracks with your clip. 1)Homework: Choose and add two different sound tracks to a video clip of your choice. 2)Reading: David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson; Fundamental Aesthetics of Sound in the Cinema
5 Sound and Music in Turkish Cinema Reading Assignment: Nezih Erdogan: Mute bodies, disembodied voices: notes on sound in Turkish popular cinema.
6 Voices in cinema Reading Assignment 1)Rick Altman; Moving Lips: Cinema as Ventriloquism 2)Michel Chion; The Voice in Cinema 3)Prologe: Raising the voice, pp:113. 4)One: The acousmetre, pp.17/29. 5)Three: The IVoice, pp.49/57. 6)Gösterim: Psycho
7 Faces and Speech by Michel Chion.Discussions on how to design your term projects Reading Assignment: Michel Chion “The Real and the Rendered” 2)Michel Chion; The voice that seeks a body pp.125/151. 3)Mary Ann Doane “The Voice in the Cinema: The Articulation of body and Space”.
8 Discussions on your projects Screening: Snatch, Big Bang Big Boom.
9 How to read the text.How to coach the actor/actress Deadline for project proposals
10 Voice recording/shooting with a guest actor/actress Reading Assignment: Alfred Hitchcock: Seeing and Hearing. Screening: The rear window.
11 Voice recording/shooting with a guest actor/actress
12 Working on your projects:Mixing techniques. Screening: Requiem for a dream
13 Working on your projects: Digital Processing: Reverb, Echo, Delay etc. Screening: Fight Club
14 Working on your projects: Digital Processing: Reverb, Echo, Delay etc. Screening: What just happened
15 Term project presentations
16 Term project presentations

 

Course Notes/Textbooks Rick Altman “Moving Lips: Cinema as Ventriloquism”; Michel Chion; The Voice in Cinema
Suggested Readings/Materials “Fundamental Aesthetics of Sound in the Cinema” Nezih Erdogan: “Mute bodies, disembodied voices: notes on sound in Turkish popular cinema”.

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
16
10
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
2
20
Presentation / Jury
1
10
Project
1
60
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
Final / Oral Exam
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
Study Hours Out of Class
16
3
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
2
20
Presentation / Jury
1
Project
1
8
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
4
Final / Oral Exam
    Total
144

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1 To develop the habit of critical thinking in areas of cinema and digital media. X
2 To be able to comprehend and discuss theories, concepts and ideas that form the basis of cinema and digital media. X
3 To know and understand practices in areas of cinema and digital media as creative and/or business processes. To be able to see these processes from cultural and historical perspectives. X
4 To cultivate awareness in the inter- and multi-disciplinary nature of cinema and digital media, thus developing a dynamic and flexible professional character capable of operating and communicating across a wide range of subject areas. X
5 To develop an understanding of the unity of theory of practice and practice of theory. X
6 To observe norms of work ethic and a thoroughgoing professional ethic. X
7 Endowed with the virtues and skills of being self-disciplined, self-critical and self-managerial, to be able to both work independently and as member of a team. X
8 To have the fundamental knowledge and ability to use the technical equipment and software programmes in the areas of cinema and digital media and to possess advanced level computing and IT skills. (“European Computer Driving Licence”, Advanced Level) X
9 To be able to follow developments in new technologies of cinema and digital media, as well as new methods of production, new media industries, and new theories; and to be able to communicate with international colleagues in a foreign language (“European Language Portfolio Global Scale”, Level B1). X
10 To be able to use a second foreign language at the intermediate level. X
11 To be able to use and develop the acquired knowledge and skills in a lifelong process aimed at the achievement personal and social goals X

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest