Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Field Trip to Sony Games!

My Drama 255: Trends in Modern Sound Design class recently took a trip down to Sony Games in San Diego to tour the facility and meet with Kurt Kellenberger, one of the sound designers who works at the studios there. We met at 7am (in the morning!) to carpool down in morning traffic, and Kurt met us there. He started with a tour, showing us his private studio space, the foley room, and a large library of foley props before sitting us down in one of the mixing suites for a talk:
(Kurt pauses. Students smile. Loudspeakers loom.)

Kurt came to Sony from a theatre career, so he was able to talk about the specifics of making the transition from theatre to games. A lot of the thought process is similar, but there were some key (and surprising) differences about the game world. The students had lots of questions, especially Jeff, who is a gamer himself could ask specific questions.

Everyone had a great time, and we're looking forward to the possibility of having Kurt come up to UCI to talk more and check out our world of sound!

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