SAE London Audio Production lecturer Dr Jamie Stonehouse was recently invited to speak at Short Sounds Film festival, which took place virtually from 25 - 28 February and was sponsored by SAE UK.
The festival champions the unseen maestros behind the sound and music of cinema, and consists of a programme of short films and movies that are richly authentic in their use of sound and music, as well as talks, virtual networking, awards and competitions designed to challenge attendees' relationships with cinematic audio.
Composer and sound designer Dr Jamie Stonehouse has been researching the use of videogame technology in all aspects of sound for media, from interactive music compositions to immersive storytelling. Jamie talked about how Unity and Fmod abilities for variation, randomisation and chance can all be adapted and used for Foley, demonstrating how to create fully interactive systems with a Leap Motion controller allowing you to maintain the 'performative' aspect of creating foley without the need of a studio.
Jamie said: “I always jump at the chance to demonstrate the audio capabilities of video game engines, they are so versatile and can be used just as effectively for film and radio drama. Short Sounds film festival and SAE give me the perfect platform to share my research and hopefully those that watched it enjoyed it!”
Jamie’s talk was part of an expert-studded lineup, with talks from expert filmmakers such as Ken Loach (KES, I, Daniel Blake and Sorry We Missed You), and Francis Annan whose directorial debut Escape from Pretoria stars Daniel Radcliffe. Francis also visited students at SAE Glasgow last year to talk about the film.
SAE UK and SWEu Managing Director and General Manager Steffan Davies said: “It’s excellent to see our staff presenting their fascinating research at these sorts of industry events: it’s great for Jamie to be able to share his expertise with our students here at SAE, as well as disseminate some of that knowledge to the wider public at an industry-studded festival like the Short Sounds Film festival.”
The audio professionals who gave talks at the festival alongside Jamie included composer Rupert Gregson-Williams who worked closely with Hans Zimmer on films such as Wonder Woman and Aquaman; Ray Beckett who has won an Oscar for his work on The Hurt Locker; Cristobal Tapia de Veer who worked on C4’s critically acclaimed cult series Utopia; and Glen Nicholls who has worked with acts such as The Prodigy, Nine Inch Nails, Sia and more.
Next year, Short Sounds festival will take place online from 24 - 25 February 2022. Submissions for the next festival open from 1 April — you can submit your feature-length films, short films and scores.