Sound Recording for Film & Video

Sound Recording for Film & Video


The hardest thing to maintain on set is almost always capturing quality sound. Even on major productions or when shooting in the field, sound is often problematic, and knowing how to be prepared for reliable sound capture will enhance the quality of your work while saving you time and money in post-production.

Our sound class introduces students to a range of microphones and techniques for troubleshooting in the field and offers a comprehensive introduction to recording quality sound for your productions. From learning who, what and hows of industry professional gear to the very theories behind what sound is - this class is a must for any media content creator. 

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INSTRUCTOR: Todd Thompson is a sound engineer and professional musician with degrees in Media Production from Florida State University and Recording Arts from the University of Southern California. He holds a Masters in Media Studies from the University of Texas, where he is currently a professor for undergraduate audio production classes. His professional credits include audio work on the feature films Hateship/Loveship (Liza Johnson), To the Wonder (Terrence Malick), The Hot Flashes and The Boynton Beach Club (Susan Seidelman). He owns the Austin recording studio Dharma Bomb Studios and is also a singer/songwriter in the the Austin band The Memphis Strange.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: People who want learn how to capture quality sound for film & video production and/or those interested in sound engineering.

PRE-REQUISITES: none necessary; beginners welcome! Students must be at least 16 years old to take this class.

SUPPLIES: all gear needed is included, students are welcome to bring their own if they wish but it is not required. 


This course and all ASoF courses are certified with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to provide Continue Professional Educational (CPE) credits.