UC Documentary Film Directing

Focus on Sound and Signature

Course Supervisor: Christina Stuhlberger

The course focuses mainly on the film exercise Sound and Signature in which sound is the first and essential part of the creation.

The aim of the course is to broaden the theoretical and practical knowledge of the narrative potential and propelling force of sound in documentary filmmaking while helping the students to develop their personal signature as filmmakers.

The starting point of this exercise are recorded sounds from the surrounding reality which gradually develops into a complex soundtrack before the use of images.

Building on field recordings in relation and dialogue with the city of Brussels the students are required to use sound as the groundwork of their films while investigating what stories sounds tell us and how can they set a story in motion, what do sounds tell us about the world we are living in?

This learning experience intends to sharpen the senses and the awareness of the role of sound in documentary storytelling, through which students should be able to demonstrate that they are able to create a personal, inventive and critical film work.


Call for Application to the 2024-2026 (thirteenth) edition is closed.

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