Tom Osborn

Bafta Film Craft: The Sessions - Sound #Whiplash

Tom Osborn

Tom Osborn

I had an oppoturnity to attend one of the last Saturday's Bafta Film Craft Sessions, accompanied by a NFTS sound recordist Tom Osborn (in the picture). The session focused for film sound, presented by Thomas Curley (Whiplash, Spectacular Now), Craig Mann (Whiplash), Andy Kennedy (The Imitation Game), Pawel Wdowczak (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Wayne Lemmer (The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Martin Hernandez (Birdman, Babel).

It was especially interesting to learn about the sound design in the film Whiplash: the sound crew had physically simulated all possible variations and distances in terms of the drum set, both in a studio and in real locations. The consensus among  sound designers seemed to be the following: You have to learn to enjoy silence in order to truly affect people emotionally. All of the designers/recordists seemed to have gathered impressive sound libraries as well during the years, so for example a random location sound from a "specific decade" could be used for a future project.