Planet G(reece) #4: Doc & Sound

The workshop is implemented under the Active citizens fund.

Have you ever tried watching a horror film with the sound off? If not, this is probably a good time to tell you that it’s not scary at all! Does that mean that sound is what causes the strongest emotional reactions and not image? In this workshop, sound recordist and director Christina Pitouli and musician Michalis Moschoutis will explore the world of sound in cinema. How does sound help tell a story? How do we create a certain atmosphere, add rhythm and narrative elements with audio? Through a variety of practical exercises, we will learn to listen, record, make creative decisions and express ourselves. We’ll split into groups and each one will create a different audio landscape for the same silent story, turning it into a completely different experience: scary, sad, funny or romantic. The participants’ sound recordings, as well as the educational process, will be transformed into a short film!

The workshop mentor will take the participants on a visit to a music studio and will offer precious insight into what it’s like to write music for a living. Where does he get his inspiration from? Does a composer need to play lots of musical instruments? Is there money in the music business?

Participating in the workshop does not require any prior film experience. All equipment –except for your cellphone– will be provided by Exile Room. The short film that will be shot during the workshop will be edited and shared within a month after it’s over. The workshop will be taught in Greek. An interpreter will be available for additional languages.

Christina Pitouli is a documentary director, editor and sound recordist. Her awarded documentary short “Bref” (2013) was officially selected in over 35 international film festivals and was awarded in five. For the past two years, Christina has been working as a production manager for the Onassis Cultural Center’s music events.

Michalis Mischoutis studied music at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Hague Royal Academy of Art. He has taught at St. Catherines British School, the HAEF College Conservatory and has participated in various educational initiatives. He is a contemporary music festival curator at the Onassis Cultural Center (Stegi) and the co-curator of Tectonics Athens. He writes music for film, appears at Nominoë’s live cinema performances and regularly plays venues and festivals in major European cities.