A large part of a film's meaning is carried in its soundtrack. Most directors know this but few of them know how that soundtrack is created. For this reason, all students at the Kampala Film School, whatever their preferred field, are taught the theory and practice of recording and manipulating sound.
It starts with the study of how we hear sound, and indeed what sound is. Next comes practical experience with digital recorders, together with the electrical theory needed to understand how they work. Then comes shooting sound in synchronization with picture and the principles behind a full range of modern microphones which are then used on location and in the studio.
With this technical foundation, the course then covers Sound Design. Imagination – hard to teach conventionally but essential to filmmaking – is always required of a student, right from the moment when they start to think how their pictures and sounds might work together to stir an audience. Audiences may not realize or understand how they have been affected, but a filmmaker graduating from the school will have learnt how to work with sound and make it work for them.