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Learn audio fundamentals for field work this month at NOVAC

Eric Laws

Holding for sound—a phrase that becomes playful jest among filmmakers as a shoot day progresses. Sound is a crucial department to any production, and interference while in the field can prove a challenging hurdle to overcome. Later this month, the New Orleans Video Access Center hosts a hands-on instructional class to help sound crew tackle the problems they'll encounter on the job.

The class is titled “Holding for Sound: Field Audio Fundamentals.” Topics will include: sound recording principals, elliminating noise, capturing ambient/wild sound, and delivering for post. Additionally, participants will be exposed to key equipment and tools necessary for every sound mixer's kit.

Eric Laws leads the class, which is scheduled for January 18th at NOVAC's Bywater location. Laws is an accomplished mixer with credits ranging from major motion pictures filmed in Louisiana's bayous to the barios of the Phillipines. His work also includes Swamp People and The Governor's Wife.

The audio class is set at $150 for current NOVAC members, and $200 for newcomers. Tickets and details can be found online.

“Holding for Sound” is part of NOVAC's filmmaker workshop series, bringing the latest, up-to-date information to local crew members as a response to Hollywood South's growing industry.

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