Over the past few years, one of the projects that I've done with the students is a film project. The class is divided into groups, and each group is given two 60-second clips of film. One of the clips has more dialogue, and the other has more sound content. The student groups are tasked with replacing all of the audio in the clips. This includes re-recording dialogue, recording and/or editing sounds, and creating and/or editing music. It's a big project that takes most of the quarter, and while each group is responsible for their own final product, they help each other out with big foley sessions, dialogue sessions, and walla sessions. Towards the end of the class, we watch the videos and engage in a discussion of the final work.
We don't spend a lot of time in class preparing for the project. We talked a little bit about spotting (ie identifying sonic events) and DAW organization for film projects, but this project really is designed to encourage the students to find their own solutions. And, when we review the final work, the conversation is generally more about the creative impact of their work than about the technical implementation.
Here are the videos from this year's project! (and, I should note that I did not secure rights to use these film clips. All the work was done for educational purposes only. If you are or represent the rightsholder and want me to remove the clips, please let me know and I'll do so immediately).
Special thanks to the members and friends of the UCI Sound community who lent their voices to this project: Ezra Anisman, Jack Bueermann, Hailey Byerly, Toni Fajt, Garrett Gagnon, Joanna Hui, Caroline Jones, Joseph King, Hunter Long, Sophia Metcalf, Hunter Moody, Joaquin Palting, Malik Proctor, Andrew J. Tarr.