Editor – Sound Engineer Course

I have always been interested in film composition and in my work it has been apparent that I do not think about just songs, I think about more multiple things. To a recommendation of one of my friends I visited an introductory lecture and I had the chance to get to know Jeno Hodi, the chief of the school BFA.

I enrolled the editing and sound engineering class where I learned a lot from noted lecturers and made a lot of valuable relationships.

This school gave me an opportunity to practice for the short movies created by the students of BFA, I could try new things about how to transmit emotions effectively to the audience. By that I could adsorb more knowledge. We made a lot of short movies for exams, we got in lectures, theatre rehearsals, moreover, we visited Korda Filmpark. Great film crews formed and by that I found the people I would work with in the future.

My view broadened, so did my emotional world become more sophisticated thanks to the exercises. My ability of empathy developed, as well. I have composed a lot for movies since, and have got a lot of orders, and I am working on more high-budget projects.

My latest work at BFA was for the SONY NEX-5R commercial video for which I composed its music.

I could thank a lot to Jeno, my teachers, my colleagues, whom I had the chance to get to know and who are great professionals. I get a lot of regards, and I personally thank You all who put their belief in me.nagysolymosi

I hope my message reaches out to you in a form of movie or music, but the best would be if You would get it in one.

Thanks, BFA!

Gabor Nagysolymosi – composer

During the Fall semester, the students of the editing class could learn from four professional filmmakers about editing and sound post-production, and also about sound recording on set.

Tom Ernst showed the students the essential steps of editing. Everyone in the class was introduced to the AVID editing program, and the students could try it on their own laptops following the teacher’s instructions. They learned the main functions of AVID, the basics of film and sound editing, along with the tricks of synching picture and sound. Students looked at editing from an aesthetic and dramaturgic point of view, they paid attention to the right use of the 180 degree rule, and how to keep continuity while editing.

Mac Ruth, American sound engineer, held two lectures about sound recording on location. With his own equipments, he demonstrated how sound engineers can record usable sound on set.

Ferenc Lukács focused on sound post-production and sound mixing. His practical lesson was held at Korda Studio, where the students were introduced to the use of a professional audio mixer. Ferenc Lukács showed the mixing of sound effects, music, dialogues, and foleys. Ferenc also talked about the importance and various possibilities of sound design.

Jenő Hódi, the director of Budapest Film Academy, held two lectures where the short movies of the students were screened in front of the class. Then, he talked to the directors and editors of the films about the possible correction options. Students could see how a producer discusses with the director and editor in the post-production about the necessary changes, and how those will help the movie’s dramaturgic fluency. Jenő Hódi only requested changes which could be solved in the editing room and do not require re-shooting.

For instance, in one of the short films there was a problem with the continuity of the towel of the main character, because it kept on jumping back-and-forth from his hand onto his shoulder. In another short film, some of the shots the filmmakers used were too long, and because of this the rhythm of the film slowed down. These problems were solved during the re-cutting session, and both the students and teachers were content with the result.

Re-editing helped in cases, e.g. emphasizing the dramatic effect of a conflict in the film or upgrading the acting where the actors’ performance turned out to be uneven. All these mistakes were corrected by the students at home, and they became benefits to the short films. These classes were useful not only for the editors, but for all who participated in the class, since they learned how to make the most of a positive critique and how to view their works with a critical eye.

At the end of the Fall semester, the students of the Directing class of the Budapest Film Academy got a chance to shoot two commercials: one for SONY NEX-5R camera, and one for Marquard Media Men’s fiu4Health Magazine. After the shooting, anyone of the Editing students could cut their own version and the best ones were sent to SONY and Marquard Media whose marketing representatives chose the ones they liked the most. Thus, those who participated in the winner works recieved editor credits in professional commercials.

Marcell Szemernényi