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MDIA 3303: Sound for Moving Image Fall 2012 RTV 265 MWF 9:40 AM - 10:35 AM (Section 100)

MWF 12:55 PM - 1:50 PM (Section 101) Instructor: Prof. Kyle P. Snyder, MS Office: RTV 239 E-mail: snyderk@ohio.edu Cell: 330-340-1981 Web: www.kpsnyder.com MWF 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM W 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Additional assistance by appointment

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I. Description: This course explores the technical and aesthetic aspects of sound as it relates to the moving image. Mixing to picture, SMPTE synchronization to video, Foley, sound effects, dialogue replacement, and music for picture will all be covered. II. Course Aims/Outcomes and Objectives: By successfully completing this course, students will demonstrate a complex understanding of cinematic sound which they will express with others through both their formative audio projects and summative assessments throughout the semester. Students will be able to: Draw upon the writings, audio, and video works of industry professionals to synthesize unique perspectives of Sound for Moving Image within their own writings and audio projects. Develop sound maps for short (under 5 minutes) and long form (10 minutes and longer) video works. Create original sound effects and Foley performances in alignment with their sound maps. Artistically select music for a project and understand how to mix dialogue and music for final delivery.

III. Course Requirements: 1. Course readings: (a) Required texts: David Lewis Yewdall, MPSE. Practical Art of Motion Picture Sound. Fourth Edition. (Please get the Fourth Edition) ISBN: 978-0-240-81240-3 Ric Viers. The Sound Effects Bible: How to Create and Record Hollywood Style Sound Effects. ISBN-10: 1932907483 (b) Additional required readings, as well as a list of recommended but not required books, will be posted on the course Blackboard. 2. Supplies: (a) Storage (Thumb Drive / Hard Drive / Cloud Server) for projects. What kind is up to you, but having ample and speedy storage as a professional is essential. (b) E mail and Blackboard access, checked daily. IV. Format and Procedures: Given the extremely technical nature of this course, our time will be equally split between lectures and lab time. Students should be prepared to read and write extensively about Sound for Moving Image, as well as to create short projects that exemplify their understanding of the subject. 1. Attendance & Late Assignments Attendance is considered mandatory due to the intensely technical nature of the subject matter. You are allowed three excused absences for the semester. I do not need to hear any explanations for these absences. Students who miss more than three classes will have 5% of their grades deducted per occurrence (For example: if you miss five classes, you will lose ten percent off the top of your grade so the best you could earn, if you had a 100% on everything, would be a 90%). If you are seriously ill or have what I feel is a legitimate reason for missing class, you will need to provide formal, thorough documentation in order for your absence to be excused. If you miss class on a lab day, it will affect your project grades. Late work will not be accepted. Students are expected to turn in all assignments on or before the established deadlines. If you are absent, it is still your responsibility to turn in all assignments or projects using the various digital delivery options available, by the time class begins. If a project includes a presentation aspect and you are absent, that portion of your grade will count as a 0%. Late arrival to class is disruptive to everyone. Habitual and/or excessive tardiness will result in your not being admitted to class and an unexcused absence will be recorded. 2. Participation: This reflects your involvement in the class and has many components. Do you come to class prepared? Are you actively engaged and participating in class? Are you answering questions?

Are you asking questions? All students will be required to share their work with the class throughout the semester. Students are expected to complete all assigned readings and be prepared to talk about them in class. This requires close and thoughtful reading; skimming will not work. (a) Class Forum / Discussion Board: Once a week you will respond to reading assignments on the class forum / discussion board on Blackboard. Naturally, you will enjoy some readings more than others, but you are expected to respond to each intelligently and to engage your classmates in a discussion of the topic. Your first post must be completed a minimum of 6 hours prior to class in order to allow for class discussion. Failure to participate in the manner prescribed above will reflect poorly upon not only your forum entry scores, but also your overall class participation grade. 3. Classroom Conduct: As college students, you are expected to behave in a courteous and respectful manner towards your fellow students and your instructors. The following behavior is considered unacceptable: Answering cell phones or text messaging. Cell phones must be turned to silent mode or turned off completely during class. Any computer use excluding note taking or following the instructors examples is unacceptable. This includes social networking, checking your email, surfing the Internet, and a multitude of other activities that you already know are unacceptable. Talking while others are speaking or any other discourteous behavior.

4. Email & Communication: As a part of this course, it is required that you have working E mail and Blackboard access which must be checked daily to ensure you are up to date on assignments and the class blog. In order to ensure speedy communication between others, please include MDIA 3303 in the subject of all e-mails and Blackboard messages to the instructor and/or classmates. Even in this age of instant communication, please understand that it may take up to 24 hours before you receive a reply to your message. If an absolute emergency arises, please take note of my cell phone number. However, please respect my privacy in the use of this number. 5. Assignment Delivery & Submission: The method of submitting individual assignments will vary and will be indicated in the assignment description. Please make note of the following conventions when submitting assignments online (text, mp3, wav, etc.). Always place your last name at the beginning of the file name, followed by the assignment name and due date.

Examples of an imaginary student, lets call him John Lennon. Audio: lennon-song-March3.mp3 Text: lennon-report-Feb6.txt

If your files do not play or open on the classroom Mac, this counts as being late for the assignment. This is not difficult to test so be prepared. Late work will not be accepted. 6. Classroom Equipment Policy: In-class demonstrations and instruction will be done with the use of Pro Tools. If you prefer another platform you're welcome to use it if that's something you're capable of accomplishing on your own. However, understand that this class will not discuss the logistical differences between Pro Tools and your software. Students will need closed-ear headphones to complete assignments. These can be borrowed and thus are not required. However, I do recommend you consider purchasing your own pair. Additionally, students may also need to purchase batteries to operate the various microphones and recorders, and depending on equipment room availability you may need to purchase a Compact Flash card to use with the Tascam recorders. Unless privately owned, all equipment used in this course is property of the Ohio University School of Media Arts & Studies. You will be held financially responsible for any damaged, lost or stolen equipment. Failure to return or exchange equipment when it is due will lower your final project grade by one full letter grade. Each additional day the equipment is not returned will lower your final project grade by one full letter grade. Returning/exchanging equipment late can severely affect your classmates and/or other classes who are scheduled to use it (in & out of class), which will affect the entire class and/or school. You will check all equipment before receiving it from the equipment room or the classmate(s) who had it before you to verify that all equipment is in working order. V. Grading Distribution: Your grade will be determined according to the following scale, subject to small changes if deemed necessary. Weekly Assignments / Class Forum Entries: 15% Quizzes:* 10% Project 1: 15% Project 2: 15% Project 3: 15% Final Project: 25% Class Participation: 5% * There will be four announced quizzes throughout the semester. Unannounced quizzes will also take place at the discretion of the instruction if issues with class participation or attendance arise.

VI. Academic Integrity: Academic integrity and honesty are basic values of Ohio University. Students are expected to follow standards of academic integrity and honesty. Academic misconduct is a violation of the Ohio University Student Code of Conduct subject to a maximum sanction of disciplinary suspension or expulsion as well as a grade penalty in the course. Any work submitted by a student in this course for academic credit will be the student's own work unless written permission is expressly given by the instructor for a specific project or assignment. Academic misconduct includes plagiarism which is the presentation of someone elses work, words, or ideas as your own. Academic dishonesty might include presenting an older project, or one created for another class. Only if written permission is expressly given by the instructor may a student re-use parts of a previous project (For example: re-using sampled sounds). Academic honesty would also include not citing sources used to complete written assignments. For questions on citations, visit ohio.edu/writing. You are encouraged to study together and to discuss information and concepts covered in class with other students. However, this permissible cooperation should never involve one student having possession of a copy of all or part of work done by someone else, in the form of an e mail, an e mail attachment file, any other digital file, or a hard copy. Should copying occur, both the student who copied work from another student and the student who gave material to be copied will both automatically receive a zero for the assignment. Penalty for violation of this Code can also be extended to include failure of the course and University disciplinary action. During quizzes, you must do your own work. Talking or discussion is not permitted during quizzes, nor may you compare papers, copy from others, or collaborate in any way. Any collaborative behavior during quizzes will result in failure of the quiz, and may lead to failure of the course and University disciplinary action. VII. Accommodations for Students with Disabilities: In compliance with Ohio University policy and equal access laws, I am available to discuss appropriate academic accommodations that may be required for student with disabilities. Requests for academic accommodations are to be made during the first three weeks of the semester, except for unusual circumstances, so arrangements can be made. Students are encouraged to register with Office of Disability Services to verify their eligibility for appropriate accommodations. VIII. Course Schedule: An ongoing schedule will be posted on Blackboard one to two weeks at a time to allow you flexibility in planning your time wisely. This is a dynamic class which moves at a brisk pace, so it's nearly impossible to predict precisely where we may end up in 15 weeks and this flexibility makes it easier to accommodate guest presenters & student needs. The use of a frequently updated, online class schedule is just one of many reasons that checking Blackboard daily is an absolute requirement. Final Warning: Failure to check Blackboard for assignments is not an excuse for not having them done.

A general outline of topics is as follows and includes only major assignments. August 27 - September 7 Weeks 1 - 2 September 10 - 28 Weeks 3 - 5 October 1 - 19 Weeks 6 - 8 October 22 - November 9 Weeks 9 - 11 An Introduction to Sound for Moving Image - Quiz 1 Sound Effects (SFX) Creation and Design - Quiz 2 - Project 1 The Art of Foley - Quiz 3 - Project 2 Dialogue and ADR - Quiz 4 - Project 3

November 12 - December 7 Cumulative Final Project Portion of Class Weeks 12 - 15 - Project Selection - Assignments with teams & individual component - Lectures and lab time as needed December 14 Final Exam Period Section 100: 8:00 AM Section 101: 10:10 AM 2 hours Final Project Presentation

Note the Final Exam date and time. No final projects will be presented early. Do not schedule holiday travel before this date and do not let others schedule holiday travel for you before this date.