Sound Lab

EIFF and Savalas are delighted to have partnered for two editions of the Sound Lab, offering a unique chance for emerging sound designers to get hands-on experience in a professional environment.

This five day programme is designed to educate and inspire in the art and craft of sound design for feature films. Participants learn in the world-class film sound facilities of Savalas, one of the UK's leading sound post-production companies.

Savalas has always been driven by a passion for creativity and innovation in sound and music, and in its 15-year history, has established an exemplary reputation for sound design for feature films, games, TV, commercials and interactive media. Past projects include Peter Mullen's Magdelene Sisters and Neds, Nicolas Winding Refn's Valhalla Rising and Andrea Arnold's Red Road, amongst many others.

2013 Participants:
Bethan Parkes, Ross Buchanan, Adrianne Louise Calgie, Patrick Collins, Jonathan Crosbie, Michael John Cumming, Ugne Pikutyte, Simone Smith

Sound Lab participants will also get the chance to link up with our Composers Lab participants at key events during EIFF.

Participants also received a full festival Industry pass to allow them to immerse themselves in all the events and passholder screenings on offer.

Feedback from past participants:

"The week was one of the most inspiring and exciting experiences I have ever had."

"All the sessions were useful ......... it was the practical experience working in the Savalas facilities, that I was most looking forward to, and that I found the most rewarding."

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The Sound Lab is funded by Creative Scotland's Creative Futures programme. Creative Futures is a programme of residencies across all art forms designed to promote the professional development, vision, connectivity and ambitions of Scotland’s creative practitioners and organisations.

Creative Futures is the largest co-ordinated residency programme in Europe. EIFF is proud to be a part of this programme supporting Scottish talent.


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