The National Film and Television School (NFTS) has relaunched its Sound Recording for Film and Television course in collaboration with the BBC Academy. Under the arrangement students will be guaranteed work placement with the BBC and trained to work with audio on drama, documentaries and entertainment shows.
From January next year the NFTS’ production sound training courses will be headed by Fraser Barber, whose 45 TV credits include Silent Witness, The Tunnel, Full Circle with Michael Palin and Little Dorrit. Only eight students are accepted for the 15-month full-time course and will now be known as BBC Sound Scholars.
Dr Jon Wardle, director of curriculum and registrar at the NFTS, describes the relaunch as a “rebranding”, adding that the course has been established at the School for “many years”. He explains that the involvement of the BBC guarantees the Sound Scholars both a work placement during the course and a job on completion. “The BBC will also be advising on the course,” Wardle says.
Training will cover record-mix and boom work for drama, multi-camera studio production and location recording on documentaries. In addition there will be theory tests and instruction on file-based acquisition, Fisher boom techniques and maintenance. “The Scholars will learn how to solder so they can get equipment working again if it goes wrong on site,” Wardle comments.
He concluded that because the Scholars do nothing else but production sound on the 15-month course they would be in a good position to go out into the business “and be successful”.