The overall appeal of a film is always heightened when the sound engineering of a film is good. This is because good quality sound effects satisfy the auditory sense of an individual. Sound engineering is a field that has seen many changes and is evolving into an area with many opportunities for people that are interested.
The sound engineering department has further specializations such as Live Music Recording (location), Audio studio engineering, Music production and Stage Sound Engineering. AT ZEFT Film School in Chennai, we have a full-fledged modern sound studio, public address systems, live location recorders, and a number of the required accessories and plug-ins that help to produce the best sound effects for a movie.About the Sound Engineering Course in ZEFT Film School Chennai
Sound engineering in a movie is a key factor that decides the appeal of the movie. We at ZEFT Film School in Chennai educate the students in the core essentials of this field. We also understand the impotence of imparting the latest technologies and this has resulted in ZEFT having the most advanced sound engineering curriculum.
We train the students in such a manner that they pick up the essentials of creating complete soundtracks for movies that are created in our institutions in a short time. We provide training for our students in digital audio production and detail the digital tools that can be used for the purpose. We teach techniques pertaining to music recording using advanced consoles post-production sound effects of a film and operation of virtual sound mixers.
We also touch on other topics such as studio procedures, microphone techniques, mixing strategies, stereo mixing, etc. We conduct many in-class projects that help the students to apply the principles that they learn in theory during the sessions. The course is designed to focus on music production techniques for a movie and the faculty comprises of a highly experienced movie and TV industry professionals.Advantages enjoyed by ZEFT Film School Chennai Students
Physical parameters of sound and human perception of sound; Basics of sound; Change of physical sound into the sensory experience; Fundamental characteristics of sound: amplitude, frequency, wavelength, velocity, harmonic content of sound, etc.
Principles of operation; Conversion of air into sound; Classifications of microphones; Dynamic, Condenser, Ribbon microphones; Professional application of microphones; Technical specifications of microphones; How to select a microphone for a specific application
Basic electronic devices; Capacitors, inductors, resistors, transducers; Their functions in an electronics circuit; Maintenance of electronic gadgets; Hardware knowledge; Soldering techniques-cables, joints and connectors
Different types of amplifiers and speakers; Specifications and uses of speakers and amplifiers; Basic theory of sound reinforcement; Active, passive speakers – meaning and uses; Crossover filter frequencies; Digital Delay Line and its use; Dynamic range of sound; Decibels; Calculations for placing speakers and calibration for sound reinforcement (live recording/performances)
Dynamic, time-based, frequency effects of sound waves; enhancement of digital and analog sound waves; Use of Equalizers, compressors, reverbs, noise reduction systems, delay units, etc.; Hands-on practical sessions
Acoustic design and treatment; Room acoustics; Isolation of sound; Symmetry in the control room; Balancing frequencies; Absorption of sound; Reverberation and reflection of sound; Different aspects and calculations- room measurement, physical acoustic analysis, treatment, assessing of equipment; Specification sheets; Tools and instruments; Studio management; Studio operations
Audio technology and its digital aspect; Sampling & Quantization; Protocols: AES/EBU, ADAT, TDIF, S/PDIF; Connectivity; Synchronization; Digital recording media; Recording formats; Correction of errors; Handling digital equipment; Digital consoles; PCs and connectivity to external devices (USB, Firewire); Scope of Internet Audio; Audio compression standards & codecs
Concept of stereo signals; Surround sound; Dolby Digital; DTS, SDDS; Compression standards & codecs; Speaker placement; Calibration of speakers;
Advanced topics in Sound Engineering include signal flow, signal routing principles in Analog and digital consoles; Connections of Analog consoles to digital workstations; Digital mixers; Digital Audio Workstations; Multi-track recording; sequencing; software plug-in integration; Miking techniques; MIDI sequencing; Audio post-production techniques
Students will be required to complete a project in real-world settings – record a band/artist; mix a song to create a portfolio. Sound engineers are not required only in sound studios. They need to be present during the film shoots, radio stations, stage performances and production houses.Why ZEFT Film School Chennai for Sound Engineering
At the ZEFT Film School in Chennai, we have a fully equipped state-of-the-art studio and the most modern accessories to teach the finer aspects of sound engineering that make a movie a success. The teaching methodology is fine-tuned to help the students to become creative professionals in the subject. We have staff members that are very talented and have many years of experience in the field.
Film & Theater Actor, Director & Author
R Amarendran is an Indian theatre director & actor who has directed and acted in several plays in English and French. Amarendran's love for acting started in the 1980s during his college days. He was part of Girish Karnad's play Tughlaq which soon led him to get minor roles in Mithran Devanesan's Gilbert and Sullivan musicals. He later acted in English plays for several theatre groups in Chennai. In 1989 he was one the four Indians to be selected by the French government to go the L'ecole Nationale d'art Dramatique at the Theatre National de Strasbourg in France to train in acting and to act in a French play that was staged in Delhi, Calcutta and Strasbourg. On his return from France he decided to direct plays himself and in 1992 he founded the Theatre Arlequin. He staged more than 25 plays in English and French the most notable of which were Tartuffe by Moliere, The Lesson by Eugene Ionesco, The Maids by Jean Genet and Tony Kushner's adaptation of Pierre Corneille's L'Illusion Comique. His film career started in 2008 when he landed the main villain’s role in the movie Bale Pandya directed by Siddharth Chandrasekhar featuring Vishnu Vishal as the protagonist. He has acted in a major role in the critically acclaimed Vidiyum Munn which was inspired by the British film "London to Brighton". He later played the role of a history teacher in the multi-Oscar winner Hollywood film "Life of Pi". Amarendran has acted in many Tamil films like Jil Jung Juk, Vidiyum Munn, Vikram Vedha and Kabali. Amarendran has conducted numerous acting workshops for aspiring actors across India and has a strong penchant for teaching.
Script Writer, Director & Producer
John Edathattil aka Sab John is one of the most critically acclaimed Script writer in Tamil and Malayalam film industry. John has penned the Script for more than 30 feature films in Tamil and Malayalam. John became interested in Script writing early in his accounting career and started working on script writing. His noted works include Kamal Hassan starer Malayalam film Chanakyan, Guna and Kuruthipunal. His other noted films include Vyooham(1990), Gandhari (1993), Soorya Manasam(1992), Highway (1995 film), Sillunu Oru Kadhal (2006), Mayilpeelikkavu(1998) and Priyam(1999). He has framed Screen writing course curriculum for various universities in India and has trained many aspiring screen writers in India and abroad. John E has also worked as a Director and Producer for numerous Ad films and documentaries.
Cinematographer & Actor
Santhosh Nambirajan is a cinematographer and an Indian actor, who performs in Tamil language films. As a Cinematographer Santhosh has assisted National Award winning Cinematographer Chezhian in many films like Paradesi, Thaarai Thappatai,Joker, Thenmerku Paruvakaatru to name a few. He is recognized for the protagonist role he played in the film To Let. To Let has won more than 62 awards in various film festivals across the world including the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil at the 65th National Film Awards.
Director, Actor & Writer
Thilip kumar is a Software Engineer turned Independent Film maker. His first film Gubeer which was a limited release received a positive critical response, with particular praise for its novel structure and narrative. Director Karthik Subburaj of Petta praised the movie as an experimental film which is gutsy, bold & filled with fun. Thilip produced his second film through crowd funding and waiting for the release of Gubeer Part 2.
Vijay worked as a photo journalist for the Vikatan Group before working as a cinematographer. He assisted the camera teams of some of the commercially successful films including Bommalattam, Chera's Autograph, Yaaradi Nee Mohini and Ajith's Varalaru. He subsequently worked as an independent cinematographer in ad films, working for over fifty brands, and then worked on assignments for documentaries for BBC about PT Usha. In 2009, he got his first big break as a cinematographer for Rajesh Lingam’s Pugaippadam, after which he worked on Maathi Yosi. He subsequently worked on Ondipuli and Nagaram. He used practical lights instead of the traditional film set lighting in the web series Nila Nila Odi Vaa. Vijay enjoys teaching and has conducted numerous workshops on Cinematography.