It is becoming something of a tradition for the GSA annual Season’s Greetings videos to be produced by graduates of our MDes Sound for the Moving Image programme. This year its the turn of graduate Graeme John Douglas Ronald with this moving and reflective piece – Forever River. Enjoy.
Our next open evening will be on Tuesday 15th May 2018 – from 5.30pm to 8pm.
Come along to hear about our postgraduate and undergraduate degree programmes, to experience student projects in Virtual Reality and ambisonic and surroud sound, and to chat with course tutors.
Students on the MSc Sound for the Moving Image gave up their free time on weekends and evenings to create the soundscape for the independent film Tam, a short film that has been well received internationally.
Tam was already won an Award of Recognition at this years IndieFEST in the USA, and will be coming to more festivals this year. Look out for more news in the near future.
We would like to congratulate the students on their excellent work and wish them all a great summer as they complete their degree, as well a lucrative film career in the years ahead!
The Glasgow School of Art is now accepting applications for the 2017/18 GSA Scholarships, and full details of the awards and the application process available on the GSA website.
Some of these scholarships are specifically for study at SimVis on our masters programmes in sound and visualisation – including international scholarships with awards of £2000 to support fees and living costs – and there are similar awards available for Scottish and EU students applying to the Postgraduate Welcome Scholarships.
Many thanks to local Post-Production specialists, Savalas, who have sponsored a new scholarship for students applying to our MDes Sound for the Moving Image. Savalas is Scotland’s largest audio-post facility, and was founded by 4 friends in 1998 on the back of a small bank loan and local authority grant that has become a well-established part of Scotland’s post-production community. Without the initial financial commitment and endorsement, it would have been virtually impossible for the company to secure premises and literally get out of the bedroom. Savalas hope that this Scholarship will provide a similar level of support and acknowledgment to the successful applicant.
All scholarships, including the Savalas award, are being advertised to all GSA applicants, and can be applied for till the deadline of Wednesday 31st May 2017.
As previously mentioned, SimVis lecturers Ronan Beslin and Paul Wilson had the opportunity to present two guest lectures at this year’s Glasgow Film Festival: Life of a Foley Artist, and Anatomy of a Soundtrack. We are happy to report that both sessions were filled to capacity and were a huge success. Well done!
Paul noted: “It was a great privilege to be invited as guests of the Glasgow Film Festival. Our revealing and humorous sonic deconstruction, accompanied in depth discussion of theory, historical and current practise, sparking a lively Q&A session in the presentation room and afterward in the lovely bar of the CCA. It was fabulous to be able to screen the latest outputs from our studios (‘Tam’ by Greenlight Creative) in which our hard working post-graduate students produced exciting Sound Design, Foley and Mixing: The film has been subsequently submitted to the Edinburgh Film Festival and The BBC are currently considering it for broadcast. Both evenings were ‘sold-out’ and we look forward to joining with or GFF colleagues in future years.”
Students may want to check out Anatomy of the Soundtrack, a free talk at the Glasgow Film Festival on the 17th of February being presented by Ronan Breslin and Paul Wilson from the School of Simulation and Visualisation.
With over twenty years of sound design experience on over 250 different projects (having worked for the BBC, Channel 4, and GFF16 title 16 Years Till Summer), Ronan Breslin and Paul Wilson will deconstruct and reconstruct the key building blocks of a film soundtrack. From basic sync dialogue to complex sound design and rich musical scores, Paul and Ronan will delve into the fundamental frameworks of how a film speaks to its audience via sound and music.
Apply now for final places on Masters study at GSA’s Digital Design Studio.
We currently still have a small number of places available on our Masters programmes for study starting this September:
- MDes Sound for the Moving Image
- MSc Medical Visualisation & Human Anatomy (with The University of Glasgow)
- MSc International Heritage Visualisation
- MSc Serious Games and Virtual Reality
More on how to apply on the GSA website.
Enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
The DDS’s own Ronan Breslin, programmer leader for the MDes in Sound for moving Image, had an opportunity to offer his insights into running a recording studio at one of the Audio Engineering Societies recent meetings. Answering questions on how the industry of sound engineering has changed with advancing technology, and how to complete in a market where home recording can be done on portable laptops.
Details about the event (and further upcoming events) can be found here.
“The event was very well attended by a very enthusiastic group of sound production students and AES members. The attendees enthusiasm was evident via their well-considered questions and discussions at the social event afterwards. It was a privilege to share a platform with eminent musician/engineers Paul McGeechan and Brian McNeil. Thanks to the AES for having me.” – Ronan Breslin
The DDS, in collaboration with Birmingham Conservatoire’s Integra Lab, have completed work on their Transforming Transformation project – a new human-centred approach that allows musicians and sound designers to manipulate sound through a 3D virtual environment.
Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Transforming Transformation enables sound sources to be “touched”, “grabbed”, “dragged”, and “placed” within a 3D virtual environment. Through this system, a sound source’s real-world location corresponds to its spatial position within a virtual acoustic space that can be manipulated. In other words, if a sound designer wants a sound to appear to come from behind the listener, they just “pick it up” and “move it to the back” of the virtual space.
With the initial work on the project complete, the project team plans to continue to refine the virtual environment and address any key issues identified in the project, and we wish them continued success!
We would like to congratulate Sound for Moving Image student Kevin Murray, who has won a The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Scotland New Talent Award for his short film “Paperclip”. Well done!
I didn’t even entertain the idea of getting nominated, never mind winning, and as such had absolutely no prep; even in my head, for an acceptance speech.
As I still didn’t believe I had a chance of winning once I had been nominated, I fully intended to have a nice time being at the awards and drinking all the free booze. It’s only good fortune and my friend Colin (Who did the camera work for paperclip) being incredibly late, that I wasn’t completely smashed on free wine before things even began.
Upon winning, I went proper giddy, as is evident from the official BAFTA photo of all the winners doing there best to look regal and winnery, and me laughing like a maniac beside my pal Danny Boyle.
You can see Kevin’s film here.
Details about the BAFTA Scotland awards for new talent can be found at: http://www.bafta.org/scotland/awards/new-talent.