Filmmaking 101: Getting your sound right

Across two days, this workshop will give you a rounded understanding of how to get the sound of your film right from start to finish, from planning to recording and post-production,  and provide you with plenty of practical elements you can implement on your next project.

Despite the all important visual aspect of filmmaking, sound can make or break your film; not only by adding that extra layer that will viscerally convey your vision and story to the audience, but also in very practical terms: if your sound is badly recorded and mixed, the audience is bound to immediately notice and become disengaged, and your film is unlikely to ever be shown in a cinema setting.

Particularly useful for those looking to begin working with bigger crews, and those who usually self-shoot but wish to take the next step.

Themes covered include:

  • A breakdown of sound for visual
  • What is “good sound”, and what can it do for your story?
  • A short sound theory and recording techniques
  • A quick look into a post sound edit
  • Active listening
  • Problem areas in production and post production sound
  • Budgets, and what you can expect from your money
  • Managing your project

Your workshop leaders

Since moving into sound 9 years ago, Martyn has worked in both production and post-production sound, alongside lecturing at several Manchester universities on the subject of sound for film. As a sound recordist/mixer, he has worked for BBC, ITV, Sky and National Geographic on a variety of drama, broadcast and documentary content, as well as working with creative agencies around the UK and Europe on factual content. In post-production, he works primarily in the Manchester independent film scene as a dialogue and sound effects editor. His most recent credit is the BAFTA long-listed Punch Drunk (from Manchester-based Falsetooth Films).

Mhairi MacRitchie is a Sound Editor with over 8 years of experience, her drive for quality sound has led her from Los Angeles to Manchester to London. She has worked across feature films including Christopher Robin, Last Days in the Desert which won a Dolby Family Fellowship award at Sundance and her ambient sound recording has featured in A Quiet Place. She is a regular sound editor for Coronation Street working across music and sound effects with a passion for dialogue.

Mhairi specialises in dialogue editing from TV drama, audiobooks, documentaries & film.


  • £27 full / £24 concs
  • Free places available for those less able to pay at this current time
  • Suitable for over 18’s only

To book a wheelchair space or an Essential Companion free ticket, please contact, call our Box Office on 0161 200 1500 or drop into the venue.

This workshop will take place in Cinema 4, which has two wheelchair spaces.