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Production Sound Recording for Film

January 24, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


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with Leon Johnson


Saturday, January 24th, 2015 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm


Actor’s Training Centre of Manitoba  |  502 – 62 Albert Street



This one day, hands-on workshop will explore the process and techniques that are involved in recording sound for dramatic and documentary film productions. Particular focus will deal with the various problems that are encountered on any production, as well as the solutions that can be sound

During the workshop, each participant will get the opportunity to record audio using different sound tools – including a variety of microphones and recording devices – and participants will learn the “art of booming” (i.e. the specific on-set skill of operating a boom mic).

Additional topics to be covered include:

  • planning and assessing the needs of the script
  • the technical aspects of audio equipment, including the types of microphones such as radio mics, plant mics, and boom mics
  • the standards for delivery of sound to the production for editing
  • time code and syncing requirements.

Drawing from his extensive experience, Leon Johnson will illustrate how luck, planning, and even obsession can contribute to great production sound.


NOTE: Upon registration, participants are asked to submit a brief statement about what they expect to learn about production sound and any particular problems they may have encountered in the past situations production sound recording situations.  Please email your statement to


About the Instructor

LEON JOHNSON started working in film sound as a boom operator in 1974 on the Manitoba-produced and directed feature, The Mourning Suit. Over the past 40 years he has recorded sound for over 150 films. These include documentaries, TV series and dramatic feature films. These productions led to him working in a variety of locations and challenging situations such as the Arctic. The second IMAX film he recorded sound for, Heartland (1997) – also a Manitoba production – was the first film ever to have the stereo sound recorded digitally and be delivered in the theatre digitally. The following year Leon recorded stereo digital sound for the first of two 3D IMAX productions, the second of which contained true 4-channel surround sound. During the past few years his production sound recording has been for dramatic features and TV.

Leon has received 2 Gemini awards and 3 Blizzard awards for his sound work. He was the founding co-ordinator of the Winnipeg Film Group, a founding board member of the Manitoba Puppet Theatre, and the founding chairman of ACFC – the first film worker union in Manitoba.



Film Training Manitoba Course Registration Policy

  • Participants must be 18 years of age or older to register and attend the course.
  • Participants must register in advance of the course. No drop-ins.
  • Registration is on a first come, first served basis – unless otherwise specified. Enrollment may be limited.
  • Registration for all courses, including weekend workshops, must be done between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday (except holidays).
  • All registrations must be received and confirmed in-person or by telephone with an FTM staff member during office hours. We do not confirm or accept registrations via email.
  • Payment in full is required to secure a spot in an FTM course.


Course Registration

Registration can be done in one of two ways:

In Person – cash, cheque, VISA and MasterCard, and debit are accepted. (Please make cheques payable to Film Training Manitoba.) Our offices are located at 100 – 62 Albert Street, in Winnipeg’s Exchange District. We are open to the public Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

By Phone – VISA and MasterCard only. Registrations are accepted via the main line at 204-989-9669. *We do not confirm or accept registrations via email.


Cancellation Policy 

  • Participants must cancel up to 4 full business days prior to the course start date to receive an 80% refund.
  • No refund will be given to participants who cancel within 4 full business days before the course start date, or if they do not attend the course.
  • Film Training Manitoba reserves the right to cancel, or postpone, any course where a minimum registration level has not been met. Participants registered for a course that is canceled will receive a full refund.


Breaks and Refreshments

All course participants are responsible for their own lunch.


January 24, 2015
10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Film Training Manitoba


Actor’s Training Centre of Manitoba
502 - 62 Albert Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 1E9 Canada
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