The class will generally convene Tuesdays and Wednesday in room 109 of the Doucette Building of the Edinboro Campus.

The following should be interpreted as a general timetable governing the subjects to be covered in this course. Class discussion, pace – even fluctuations of student attendance and enrollment – often dictate additions, deviations, and omissions. You are advised to frequently consult the most recent version of this schedule; assignments, lecture topics, and links to resources, will be detailed and added throughout the term.  Assignments are usually due at the beginning of class unless otherwise specified here or in D2L.

T Jan 17Critical Analysis: Listening to Film
R Jan 19Discuss & Demo: Marketing & Distribution
Discuss & Demo: Script Analysis
Participation: Crew Contract
Indy Assignment: Essay (1000 words max). Formal Analysis of Drag Me To Hell (2009). Submit to D2L as .pdf.
T Jan 24Group Project: Storyboard
Discuss & Demo: Developing a Sound Design
Discuss & Demo: Server Architecture & Adobe Productions Workflow.
Group Assignment: Project Management
R Jan 26
T Jan 31Group Project: Sound Design
Listen: Use this Spotify Playlist to expand your mental library of score possibilities.
Demo & Discuss: Field Recorders & Integral Microphones
R Feb 02Workshop: Camera & Mic Tests
T Feb 07Group Project: Mood Board
Indy Project: Location Dialogue & Ambience (Record)
R Feb 09Group Assignment: Casting & Location Scouting
Indy Assignment: Editing Picture & Sound I
Demo & Discuss: Editing Picture & Sound II
T Feb 14Indy Assignment: Editing Picture & Sound II
Indy Project: Location Dialogue & Ambience (Edit)
Demo & Discuss: Lights, Camera, Production Protocol
R Feb 16Demo & Discuss: Location Dialogue - Body Mics
T Feb 21Demo & Discuss: Location Dialogue - Boom Mics
R Feb 23Workshop: Location Shoot
T Feb 28Workshop: Location Shoot
R Mar 02Group Assignment: Principal Photography
Participation: Peer Evaluation
T Mar 14Paired Assignment: Foley Spotting & Location FX Recording
F Mar 17Last Day to Withdraw
R Mar 16Group Project (due @ beginning of class):
Multi-Cam; Sync & Merge; Animatic
Group Project (due @ end of class): Assembly Edit
T Mar 21Paired Assignment: The Foley Grail. Premiere→Audition→Premiere→Export
Group Project: Rough Cut
Oxbridge Tutorial: Editing
R Mar 23Oxbridge Tutorial: Color
T Mar 28Demo & Discuss: Orientation to the Audio Mix Console
Group Project: Visual Lock
Demo & Discuss: Acquiring the Language of Film Scores
R Mar 30Demo & Discuss: Recording Multi-Track Music
Group Project: Color
T Apr 04Workshop: Foley Recording
Oxbridge Tutorial: Dialogue Editing
R Apr 06Group Project: Dialogue Edit
T Apr 11Oxbridge Tutorial: Foley Editing
Workshop: Music Recording
R Apr 13Group Project: Multi-Track Music
Group Project: Foley & FX
T Apr 18Oxbridge Tutorial: Music Editing
R Apr 20Group Project: Score
T Apr 25Oxbridge Tutorial: Mixing & Metering
R Apr 27Group Project: Final Mix - Completed Films
T May 02Group Project: Marketing & Distribution
R May 04Participation: Weinkauf Film Festival (0800p). A film isn't a film until it's shared with an audience. Your presence is required.


The classroom setting is such that not all needs can be met within it.  I encourage you, therefore, to visit my office often.  It is my pleasure to discuss grades, attendance, notes, lectures, or anything else which will make you a better student.   Your grades can only benefit from regular communication with your professors.  I will gladly work with you to arrange meeting times convenient to us both. Feel free to contact me:

  • by e-mail at
  • by phone at 616.498.4336 (49.VIDEO).  Texting?  Remember to identify yourself by name and course.
  • in person.  My office hours are posted with video conferencing links.

I will respond to most messages within 12 business hours.  Not after 5.  Not on the weekend.  Business hours.



3 sem. hrs. Collaborative, project-based learning emphasizes the aesthetic and rhetorical contribution of sound to the moving image. Students record, edit, and enhance, location and replacement dialogue; multi-track music; foley, effects, and atmospheres. Prerequisites: Candidacy and Non-Fiction Filmmaking or Light & Lens.


  1. To sensitize student listeners to the contributions of dialogue, music, Foley, effects, and atmospheres to the moving image.
  2. To convey accepted processes and protocols of audio pre-production, production, and post-production as it relates to the moving image.
  3. To situate student work in historical, cultural, and aesthetic context.

Students will...

  1. demonstrate their contributions to a sequence of practical assignments, culminating in a short narrative film for public and competitive screening. Improving their work through a rhythm of drafting and revision, they will present context, rationale, and results, for professor and peer critique.
  2. employ dual-system technique to record synchronous dialogue on location.
  3. employ multi-track studio technique to record, edit, and mix, music.
  4. record, edit, and mix a selection of original sound effects.
  5. demonstrate competence in one area of audio post-production: dialogue, effects, score, or final stem mixing.
6. articulate their understanding of the history and theory of audio production through subjective and objective examination.
  6. generate material for inclusion in their graduate portfolios and demo reels.

Coursework will be weighted as indicated:

Projects 50%
Quizzes & Assignments40%

In life and in the classroom, I encourage you to work hardest on the things that count most.

Assignment grades will be based on the following scale:

77-79C+< 60F

Coursework in Digital Filmmaking frequently takes the form of practical performance and projects.   If you are not present in class when your name is called to undertake a task, your work will be considered late.  If your work is submitted incomplete or otherwise outside the assignment’s specified format parameters, it may be returned to you for correction.  Upon resubmission, it will be considered late work.

Late work can earn no more than a maximum of 60 points.  Work is considered late if submitted or time-stamped after deadlines posted in the syllabus (usually specified by date and time).  If, because of extreme and prolonged sickness, you miss a deadline and are able to substantiate a claim of incapacitation with a note from a reputable doctor or Student Health Services, the grades of your remaining assignments will be given greater weight to compensate. Otherwise, you will receive a zero for the assignment. Examinations must be taken when scheduled.

Because there are sometimes no “right” and “wrong” answers in this field of study, I am open to a certain amount of discussion with regard to the grade awarded any given assignment. Appeals should be made in a timely fashion, within two class periods of grade notification/posting.  Appeals should be offered with rhetorical and presentational clarity, preferably face-to-face or via video conference.

Appeals are more likely to be successful if students have solicited the professor's input on at least two intermediate versions of the project (see "Feedback & Revision").


Syllabus deadlines are the date and time an assignment is due in its final version. The nature of filmmaking is such, however, that the most successful students typically solicit professor feedback on intermediate versions of major projects. While this is not a requirement, you ignore the Academy’s proven “draft-and-revise” rhythm at significant peril to your grade.

Responding to students’ desire for the most immediate feedback on their project work, grades and comments are typically reported online, usually within seven days of submission. It is therefore the responsibility of students to regularly consult D2L, Edinboro’s classroom management software, for the most current report of their grades.


Quizzes may be given without warning to encourage attendance and competency throughout the term.

Participation will be evaluated throughout the semester by professor and peers based on student contribution to class community. Assigning the grade, I am chiefly concerned with the following questions:

  1. To what degree and in what ways does the student demonstrate respect for his/her audience and co-laborers?
  2. To what degree and in what ways does the student model dependability and responsibility?
  3. In what ways has the student participated in work load, idea generation, and leadership — apart from the work necessary to complete his/her individual assignments?
  4. Of what value are the student’s criticism and suggestions for improvement valued by his/her peers?

Substantiating paperwork (storyboards, lighting plots, scripts, talent releases) tends to be rewarded with higher grades if presented professionally. Written work submitted electronically should be free of surface errors (use Grammarly and spell-check/auto correct software) and formatted as .pdf files, with multiple pages combined in a .pdf binder. Video footage, audio recordings, and Adobe project files must be stored and shared on the anim-stor1 server according to established protocols of nomenclature and file structure.


Students are expected to attend each class meeting in its entirety, and will be penalized for late arrivals and early departures.  Class absences are excused for medical reasons, university activities approved by the appropriate vice president or designee, and/or for personal exigencies. University activities appropriate to be considered as an excused absence include but are not limited to: scheduled athletic events, cultural events, academic competitions, etc., in which the student is a participant. Other appropriate situations include: military duties, auto accidents, death in immediate family, medical emergencies. Verification of such absences may be required by the instructor, and the student is responsible for make-up work as required by the instructor.

Classes will not be held on holidays officially recognized by the university. All other days of the term are fair game for lectures, quizzes and assignments. Those students who plan to leave early for or return late from holiday breaks may not reschedule exams or other work.

You’re encouraged to use smart phones, tablets, and laptops in disciplined ways which accomplish the work of the course.  It’s considered rude, however, to engage in private communiqués (facebook, twitter, IMs, texts) during class.

The classroom is a protected space where together students and faculty rehearse ideas that are often not yet ready to be shared with the wider world.  Effective teachers adapt course content for a narrow audience of students, tailoring discussions on the fly to circumstances of the moment.  Exchanges are necessarily fraught with controversy, challenge, and misunderstanding.  Please safeguard the learning enterprise from surreptitious audio and video surveillance.  Do not film, record, or share, audio or video images of anyone without a signed personal release.  This legal warning applies explicitly to video conferences, class lectures, and studio activities.  To honor the ownership of intellectual property, lectures are not recorded; Keynote and PowerPoint presentations are not stored or distributed.  Major concepts will be repeated frequently, both verbally and visually, using the Harvard Outline Format for easy note-taking.

Silence your phones during class meetings and project work.  You’d hate to ruin an otherwise fabulous take on location with a Kanye West ringtone.


It is expected that all work submitted through this course is the student’s original work, generated for the express purpose of completing the requirements of this course. Students are to be aware that academic dishonesty is not tolerated in this course and should be familiar with the following definitions:

  • Cheating. Behaviors including, but not limited to, use of unauthorized notes or reference materials during examinations; copying answers from another student’s paper during an examination; the unauthorized possession of academic materials, including exams; the unauthorized exchange of course assessment materials, including exams; the unauthorized exchange of information or collaboration regarding tests, or other course assignments; aiding another to engage in cheating; and/or all other acts of academic dishonesty that any member of this academic community would reasonably understand to be a breach of this academic integrity statement will be considered cheating and an act of academic dishonesty.
  • Plagiarism. Plagiarism may be defined as the act of taking the ideas and/or expression of ideas of another person and representing them as one’s own. This includes, but is not limited to, using ideas or passages from a work without properly attributing the source, paraphrasing the work of another without giving proper credit, and/or the sale, purchase, or exchange of papers or research. It is the student’s responsibility to know what plagiarism is and to properly cite the work of others. If a student is in doubt, it is their responsibility to resolve any ambiguity prior to submitting the work. Plagiarism is nothing less than an act of theft, and, as such, is subject to University disciplinary action.
  • Copyright.  While plagiarism involves appropriating someone’s ideas without credit, copyright infringement is taking or altering someone’s original created work without paying.  Copyright enforcement is subject to a number of variables including the lifespan of the creator and his/her heirs as well as corporate ownership of works made for hire.  Fair warning:  burgeoning filmmakers often wrongly believe they must pay other creators for work used only if their film turns a profit.  Not true.

The standards of integrity and the penalties of dishonesty apply equally to

  • ideas, words, and speech
  • visual images, recordings, performances, and files
  • audio recordings, performances, and files
  • all electrochemical means of storage and communication
  • use of computing facilities and resources in violation of copyright laws

I will vigorously pursue prosecution of academic dishonesty to the very limit of sanctions allowed by the university, up to and including failure of the course and expulsion from the university.  I will work just as vigorously with students to prevent even unintended lapses of integrity.

Potential sanctions associated with academic dishonesty may be found in the University’s Student Code of Conduct and Judicial Procedures.

While student media producers retain copyright ownership of their respective work, enrollment in this course constitutes your permission to let the university, the department, the professor, their representatives, and successors, exhibit and distribute for promotional purposes those media projects submitted in fulfillment of course assignments.  Your enrollment further implies consent to be photographed in class or while working on class projects.  Without any effect on your grade, you may withhold or limit such permission by indicating your wish to do so in a note to your professor signed, witnessed, and dated, before the university’s last day to drop-add.


Equipment loan and campus facilities are available to students enrolled in face-to-face offerings of this course.

In case of a shift to remote learning, students are responsible for access to specified equipment.

In lieu of a required textbook, students should set aside $150 for production expenses and festival entry fees.


Edinboro University of Pennsylvania offers services to meet the accommodation needs of students with many types of disabilities. The Office for Accessibility Services (OAS) provides services to students based upon documentation of a disability and a request for accommodations based on this disability. Please refer to Edinboro University Policy A008 (Reasonable Accommodations for Students with Disabilities). This policy is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Office for Accessibility Services
Crawford Center, 200 Glasgow Road, Edinboro, PA 16444

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Information regarding the reporting of sexual violence and the resources that are available to victims of sexual violence is set forth online here or in-person at

Office of Social Equity
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Edinboro, PA 16444 • 814-732-2167