Maximizing Your Relationship with Sound Designers
On Tuesday, December 6, 2011, SDCF hosted a conversation between sound designers Jill BC Du Boff (Good People, Bill Maher: Victory Begins at Home), Brett Jarvis (Kiki and Herb - Alive on Broadway!, The Donkey Show), and Rob Kaplowitz (Fela!, Pumpgirl) to find out how to work with designers to maximize the creativity and productivity of sound design. Designing the sound of a production is not only about finding the right sound effects or choosing the right song - it is its own art form that shapes and contributes to the emotional storytelling of the play. These three designers demystify the sound designer's role. They parse out the common misconceptions on the difference between designing for a straight play versus musical theatre. The three speak candidly and honestly about their best and worst collaborations with directors and offer tools for directors and designers to better articulate a concept for sound. The conversation answers all questions as to why sound is an integral and important medium for the theatre and offers both designers and directors techniques to collaborate effectively to realize the full artistic potential of sound.