Salt Lake Community College students and faculty heard from guest speaker and Dolby Institute director Glenn Kiser on Wednesday at the Center for Arts and Media.
Kiser discussed how he entered the industry and engaged students with his presentation about “understanding the craft of sound.”
“I kinda got the bug of movies when I was 12,” Kiser said. “I got obsessed with how movies were made.”
Kiser went to a college that offered film classes where his passion continued to flourish. He moved to L.A. and got his first job as a messenger boy.
“One job lead to another,” Kiser explained. He soon ended up at Skywalker Sound where he oversaw sound work on projects.
Kiser now “provides education and inspiration to aspiring filmmakers” as director for the Dolby Institute.
Kiser also shared sound tips that student filmmakers can use in their own projects.
According to Kiser, sound is a helpful tool that helps to “produce greater achievement value.”
For low-budget films, he says to “give sound to fill out what you’re not shooting.” For scenes that have heavy sound, he suggests using an “intimate frame” to help make the scene.
Before Kiser ended his presentation, he turned time over to the audience for a question-and-answer session.
Film and audio students in attendance benefited from Kiser’s visit, gaining a better understanding of why sound is so important and how sound plays a crucial part in films.