The Quay Brothers

Since 1979, the Quay Brothers have created a hybrid variety of film works: Puppet animation: Street of Crocodiles, Rehearsals for Extinct Anatomies, The Comb, Maska, Unmistaken Hands; Live-Action films: In Absentia, Institute Benjamenta and Piano Tuner of Earthquakes; Documentaries: Anamorphosis, The Phantom Museum, Through the Weeping Glass, Inventorium of Traces; and three film collaborations for the Ballet: Duet and The Sandman for Will Tuckett and with Kim Brandstrup, Eurydice: She, So Beloved.

Their talk explores the ways in which music and sound give life to inanimate objects with particular attention to their film In Absentia, made with Karlheinz Stockhausen, and a animated work by Jan Švankmajer with score by Liška.


Sinéad Rushe

Theatre director Sinéad Rushe studied at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France before training as an actor at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London, where she currently teaches. She specialises in the Michael Chekhov Technique and Meyerhold’s Biomechanics.

Sinéad will discuss her recent theatre production of Bernard-Marie Koltès’s play Night Just Before the Forests. Performed in the round, this pathbreaking work in a new translation reimagines the original monologue as a polyphonic work for five performers of different nationalities and genders, and features a ‘quadraphonic’ live sound design.


Rina Sherman

Rina Sherman is a filmmaker, ethnographer and photographer. She studied with Jean Rouch, under whose supervision she completed a doctorate with distinction at the Sorbonne in 1989.

In her School of Sound presentation, Rina will define her ideas around the recording and editing of sound for ethnographic films.



Rod Stoneman

Rod Stoneman is an Emeritus Professor at the National University of Ireland, Galway and a Visiting Professor at the University of the West of England. He was the Director of the Huston School of Film & Digital Media, Chief Executive of Bord Scannán na hÉireann / the Irish Film Board and previously a Deputy Commissioning Editor in the Independent Film and Video Department at Channel 4 Television.

Rod addresses how artists and media producers can instill greater diversity in their work – both in content and working methods – and how this thinking must begin in the universities, art and film schools. This, of course, includes ways of working with sound because, as has become clear, new styles of narrative along with evolving technology allow us to rethink the place and purpose of sound.


Peter Vuust

Peter Vuust is a unique combination of a jazz musician and a world class scientist. As a researcher, he is Denmark’s leading expert in the field of music and the brain – a research field he has single-handedly built up as leader of the group Music In the Brain. As a composer and bass player he has collaborated with a variety of artists, from Danish pop stars to some of the world’s major, international jazz artists. Peter will focus on improvisation in Groove on the brain – the jazz improviser’s guide to the brain.


Bursaries for 2019 School of Sound

There are several bursary schemes available that may provide funding for you to attend the School of Sound in April 2019.

ScreenSkills (England, Scotland, Wales and NI) has 3 bursary funds available for training to qualifying applicants. These funds are Film bursaries, High-end TV Drama bursaries and TV Diversity bursaries.

In Scotland, artists and creative practitioners can apply to Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund.

For both schemes you should apply immediately as funds are limited and processing can take up to 3 months.

For full information go to our BURSARIES page.

Deconstructing the Soundtrack: A School of Sound Masterclass

24 – 25 November 2018

LFS is proud to collaborate with The School of Sound on this two-day masterclass series. The sessions are aimed at those working in screen-based media, offering three further perspectives on the use of sound and music in filmmaking.

With particular relevance for directors, writers and producers as well as sound designers, editors and composers. [more]

Audio Forum – Belgrade

16 – 17 November 2018

Audio Forum takes place once a year with the purpose of educating participants in the field of music production and sound design. In addition to lectures, students have the opportunity to engage in panel discussions with guests, develop their own projects during practical workshops and try out some of the latest pieces of audio equipment provided by local distributors. [more]

VFX Computer Graphics Conference

22 – 26 October 2018

VIEW Conference is the premiere international event in Italy on Computer Graphics, Interactive Techniques, Digital Cinema, 2D/3D Animation, VR and AR, Gaming and VFX. VIEW 2017 will continue to focus on exploring the increasingly fluid boundary between real and digital worlds. Through lectures, meetings, tributes, exhibits, screenings and demo presentations VIEW will reveal the new digital frontier sweeping from cinema to architecture, from automotive design to advertisement, from medicine to videogames.

This year’s VIEW Conference features composer Hans Zimmer. [more]

Kino Otok Isola Cinema

6 – 10 June 2018
Isola, Slovenia

Editing and Sound Design at Slovenian Festival, Special Guest Paul Davies

This year’s Kino Otok – Isola International Film Festival, on the coast of Slovenia, puts a special emphasis on film sound and editing. The FOCUS event will feature masterclasses, case studies and exercises with British Sound Designer Paul Davies (You Were Never Really Here), director Rati Oneli (City of the Sun), Serbian Sound Designer Dragan von Petrovic (Aleksi) and Slovenian Sound Designer Julij Zornik (Comic Sans, The High Sun). [more]

Shanghai – Narrative Filmmaking Fundamentals

16 July – 10 August 2018
Shanghai, China

Introduction to Narrative Filmmaking

A four-week practical course teaching narrative filmmaking. Modules include directing, scriptwriting, cinematography, editing and sound recording/design.

More details to follow.

For information, email

NFTS Short Course – Sound Design

17 – 20 September 2018
National Film and Television School
Beaconsfield, UK

Introduction to Sound Design for Narrative Filmmaking

A 4-day practical workshop deconstructing the soundtrack, exploring how each component of sound expresses character, place and story, and how the practical application of these concepts positions the audience in relation to the screen and the narrative. The talks and exercises will help you become aware of how the soundtrack should be part of an organic collaboration of all aspects of a film production and allow you to re-evaluate the role of sound design in filmmaking. [more]