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High School Students Visit Point Park University for Sound Camp for Musicians, Filmmakers

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

High school students explored the fundamentals of sound, audio recording and sound design for film at Point Park University's 2017 Sound Camp for Musicians and Filmmakers.

During the five-day workshop led by Associate Professor Andrew Halasz, students gained hands-on experience in Point Park's state-of-the-art Ben Burtt sound suite working on three projects:

  • Collecting sound effects to create musical pieces with sound.
  • Recording a song with a professional musician/songwriter.
  • Recording dialog and sound effects for a scene from a film. 

"My favorite part of the week was learning the basics of using Avid Protools and getting hands-on guidance of what to do," said Spencer Tye, a senior from Perrysburg High School in Perrysburg, Ohio. "It surprised me how hands-on Andrew was in class. I loved having him there to help me better shape my work."

In addition to the workshop, students got a taste of the college experience by living on campus and enjoying all that Downtown Pittsburgh has to offer. 

First-Person: Feedback from Sound Camp Participants

Pictured is Olivia Lapikas. Photo | Gina Puppo

Olivia Lapikas

Sharpsville High School
Dream Job: Music Teacher

"I chose to attend sound camp because in the line of working with music that I'm going into, I felt that I should know how to operate a sound board. My favorite part of the week was adding sound to animations/scenes that we got to pick out."

Pictured is James Purdy. Photo | Gina Puppo

James Purdy

North Allegheny High School
Dream Job: Music Producer

"Overall, I would say this is a wonderful opportunity for anyone willing to take it. My favorite part of the week was recording and mixing a song with an artist. It gave me a taste of what it's like to record and work with an artist on a professional level, and I got to experience what it could be like as a music producer — my dream job."

Pictured is Spencer Tye. Photo | Gina PuppoSpencer Tye

Perrysburg High School
Dream Job: Post-Production Sound Designer

"It was awesome being on a college campus for the week! This was my first real college experience. It was super cool to have the opportunity to live in the dorms and have a roommate. Being able to live on my own and walk around the city/campus was great."

 

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Video and photos by Annie Brewer, junior cinema production major

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