|Could You suggest a school?
You didn't make it clear whether you are mainly interested in sound editing or mixing, so I'll assume you are interested in both.
You should insist that ProTools be an important part of the curriculum wherever you go, because it is by far the most common audio workstation you will encounter in the movie industry. The ideal learning environment in terms of technology would be one in which you are part of an accurately simulated real-world post production cycle.
What I mean by that is:
Finally, the sounds have to be mixed. Ideally you should get experience using digital and analog film mixing consoles, and learn the meaning of commonly used terms like "stems," "M & E," "LT-RT," "SVA," "track splitting," "pull down," "pull up," (which, by the way, has nothing to do with "pull down") "print density," etc. Any teacher who can't tell you without hesitation what any of those terms means isn't fully qualified to be teaching film sound.
Richard Portman, legendary film sound engineer and artist, is teaching at Florida State University in Tallahassee. That school would be high on my list if only because of him.
PS......getting into film sound won't necessarily save your ears.
It has always been pretty difficult to learn any of the film crafts. I only know one or two people who have walked out of a film school and been offered a job. The tradition has been that you learn most of your craft by apprenticing yourself, for little or no pay, to someone who is established. The trick is in finding such a person, and being
available and willing to drop everything else when that person gives you the fateful call.
Edited excerpts from CAS webboard message thread: Schools June 99
Please remember this. If you do go to Full Sail, the moment you graduate
DOESN'T make you and expert. Just be humble and work hard. Don't flaunt
your experience. Full Sail is a 13 month program. You will spend about
a month or two on each piece of gear. That doesn't qualify you to be an
expert. The main complaint about Full Sail, is the students become "Know
it all's" Companies HATE this.
message thread Full Sail, anyone? 4th may 2000
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