Filmmaking 101: Getting your sound right

This exciting event takes place over two days, Sat 9 – and Sun 10 Mar from 10:00 – 13:00. Purchase one ticket for both 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

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.

Zak Wundowa is a Boom Operator & Sound Recordist operating in the North West of England and London. Guest lecturing at the Manchester Film School where he graduated, he has gone on to work on productions including Ted Lasso season 3 (2023), Ridley series 2 (2024) & The Tower series 3 (2024).

  • £25 (for both days)
  • Free places available for those less able to pay at this current time
  • Suitable for over 18’s only
  • Please note: this workshop takes place across two days.

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.