• UFF-2021-FACEBOOK-&-TWITTER-SHARE-IMAGE-01This course is open for 12 weeks
  • 10 lesson series
  • Certificate of completion
  • 5 hours, 15 minutes of video
  • Industry-Leading Instructors
  • Illustrated Companion Guides


About this course

George Lucas famously said that sound is the other 50% of the moviegoing experience.  While bad sound can take your audience out of the moment, good audio will add to the emotion of the scene.  In the Arts & Business Center Audio Post-Production Kit, you will learn the entire process from editing dialogue and ADR to creating realistic Foley sounds.  Learn how to work with a composer and license music, and finally how to mix everything together.  Learn the techniques and process of making perfect audio in post.


  1. Intro to audio Postproduction

Once the visuals of a movie are edited and the picture locked, it’s time to focus on crafting a compelling audio track. Understanding the components of how they are created, mixed together, and delivered is key in crafting the story you want to tell.

In this module you will learn the five components of audio and go to the sound studio to experience the construction of the audio for a scene.  Learn the ADR process, the contributions of Foley to the mix, the role of sounds effects and ambience, and the music.

This module is an ideal introduction to the world of audio post-production.

  • 24:49 video that walks you through the process of creating and mixing the five components of an audio track
  • Complete companion resource guide


How to mix dialogue as it was recorded on set

How to address dialoge problems

What is ADR and how to record it

What is Foley and how to record it


How to create and work with an ambience track

How to create and mix sound effects

How to mix in music

How to balance the mix of the five audio tracks

How to add compression and a limiter

  1. ADR

One of the most important elements of the audio track is the dialogue – not only from the creative sense, but technically. The dialogue editors work hard to make sure the audience can hear the everything the actors are saying and that it’s free and clean of any background noise or distracting sounds. While the dialogue editors may try hard to remove the background noise, or even smooth it out, sometimes there is no other option than to re-record the dialogue.  This process is called Automated Dialogue Replacement (ADR), and in this module you’re going to learn the process of properly using ADR to improve the quality of your dialogue track.

  • 30:31 video that walks you through the ADR process
  • Illustrated companion guide


What is ADR

What lines of dialogue are considered bad enough to replace?

In what instances can ADR be used?

What is the anatomy of an ADR recording studio?

What is the process of recording ADR?

How is ADR delivered once recorded?


One of the final performances an actor needs to give is in the ADR studio, re-recording problematic lines to reconstruct the dialogue track. This performance however, is nothing like acting on set.  The actor is isolated in a sterile sound booth, wearing headphones, and it required to say each line, again and again in an attempt to match the sync and emotional intensity of the original.  This is not an easy task.

In this module, you will learn how to work with actors to get the best vocal performance possible during the ADR process, address acting problems and actor fatigue, and gain valuable tips on how to direct a natural and realistic performance so the ADR performance becomes better than the original delivery on set.


  • 28:19 video that reveals tips and techniques for directing actors in the ADR process
  • Illustrated companion guide


How actors respond to the ADR process

How to avoid delivery burn-out

How to get the performance you want

The danger of line readings

How group ADR sessions operate

  1. FOLEY

When the audio is recorded on set, the goal is to record two things – the actor’s dialogue, and the actor’s interactions with the environment.  If the scene was ADRd, then the newly recorded dialogue replaces the audio recorded on set, so the sounds of the actors interacting with the environment- footsteps, clothing movement, picking up and moving objects – all need to be re-created to reconstruct the sound track.

This process is called Foley, and in this module, learn how Foley is recorded and mixed to create and full, rich audio track. Learn the types of Foley, how much should be recorded, the process of recording Foley, and how to properly schedule and budget this creatively demanding aspect of audio post-production.

  • 33:33 video that walks you through the process of creating Foley
  • Illustrated Companion Guide


What is Foley?

How a Foley stage is organized

The reasons when Foley is used for a scene

How the footsteps track is recorded

How the specifics track is recorded

How the cloth pass is recorded

How to schedule and budget Foley




A movie soundtrack consists of several different elements – the dialogue, which can either be the original production audio recorded on set or ADR, the music, Foley, and then the sound effects track.  Sound effects consist of both the ambience of the location as well as the sound design for the scene.

In this module, you will learn the process of creating a compelling sound effects track for your movie, where to find high quality sound effects, how sounds effects and Foley work together, how to find a balance with the dialogue and music, and the role of the sound effects editor.

Create a sonically-engaging experience for your audience and gain the knowledge you need to maximize the impact of the sound design in your film.

  • 24:49 video that takes you through the sound effects design process
  • Illustrated companion guide


The difference between sound effects and Foley

How to use ambience to help create the world

Where to find high-quality sound effects

Techniques for layering and mixing sound effects

How to create compelling sound design

Scheduling and budgeting requirements for sound des


Throughout the audio post-production process, each department – dialogue, Foley, sound effects, and music generate tens of thousands of individual sounds across hundreds of track. All of these sounds need to be mixed together into a single soundtrack – whether it’s a stereo track for broadcast, a 5.1 mix, or a 10.1 theatrical mix. This process is called mixing the audio, and it happens on a dubbing stage.  In this module, we’re going to explore the dubbing process and how all these audio elements get mixed together to create the sonic experience for the audience.

  • 31:18 video that takes you through the process of mixing the audio
  • Illustrated Companion Guide


How to create pre-dubs of each sound stem

How the individual sound elements must be prepared

The function of the dub stage

Who is present at the final dub

The scheduling and budgeting process for the sound mix process

Techniques for balancing dialogue, sound effects, and music

Output options for the final mix


Music is as much of a performer in a scene as the actor or the camera.  It’s movements, tone, and intensity help shape the emotion of the moment.  But, like any performance, the right performance can bring added life to the scene, but too much can overwhelm the moment, pulling the audience out of the story.  In this module, you will learn how to balance music’s role in a movie against the other dramatic elements, tips and techniques for creating a compelling score that supports the emotion of the movie, and how to avoid overscoring.

  • 28:25 video that takes you through the process of creating emotion through music
  • Illustrated companion guide


How to balance the emotional impact of music with the actors’ performance

How to avoid the pitfalls of overscoring the movie

How to factor the role of music into the movie when working on set


The music is one of the last artistic additions to a movie, and the way music is acquired or written can be as varied as the music score itself.  In this module, you will learn about the key players in the music composition process:  the arranger, the composer, the orchestrator, and the music editor. Learn the types of scores available, how to work with a synth score or a live orchestra, and techniques for creating a score that both serves your story and your budget.

  • 31:29 video that walks you through the players and options available in scoring a movie
  • Illustrated companion guide


The role of the composer

The role of the arranger

The role of the orchestrator

The role of the music editor

The benefits and drawbacks of working with synth

The benefits and drawbacks of working with a live orchestra


One of the most important collaborations on a movie happens between the director and the composer.  The composer adds the final performance – the music – to the narrative tapestry and understanding how that tapestry should be woven is why the director/composer relationship is so important. In this module, you’re going to experience the entire process of scoring a movie, from the initial meeting with the composer to the very end when you’re making the final tweaks to the music.  Improve your communication with the composer, get the best score for your movie, and craft the best emotional ride for the audience.

  • 47:33 video that walks you through, step-by-step the process of scoring a movie with a composer
  • Illustrated companion guide


How to find a qualified composer

How to manage the first spotting session

Learn how to find the right palette

The director/composer dynamic- learn how to convey your vision even if you don’t know music

Go inside the composer’s process

Learn how to manage changes to the score once it’s finished


Are you interested in using a popular song or existing soundtrack in your movie? Music – just like movies and books – is protected by copyright law, which restricts its usage to the owner of the copyright.  In recent years, many record labels and studios have begun cracking down on illegal downloading and usage of their work, making the legal use of this music somewhat confusing for users. In this module we’re going to explore the legal way to license and use music for your movie.  Protect yourself, respect the rights of the music artist, and learn how to properly license music for use in your production.

  • 33:15 video that takes you behind the scenes of the licensing process
  • Illustrated companion guide




What is a music license

When you need a master license and/or a sync license

How music publishers make money

Costs in securing a license

How to work with stock music libraries

How to work with music in the public domain