How to become a Sound/Foley Engineer:

To become a sound engineer you need to get work experience, and like lighting you usually get it in theater. This gives you good experience with lights and builds up your knowledge base. It also looks good on your CV, then you can go on and get an internship or an apprenticeship.

The other option to become a lighting engineer can be to go to uni. At uni you can do a sound degree. Going to uni is a good experience and it can help you gain connections, they build you skills up and teach you everything you need to know to become a sound engineer. It also shows employers a good level of education and that you really know what you are doing. Then after uni you could get a internship/apprenticeship or work freelance.

When becoming a Foley Engineer you need to become a sound engineer first because you need the skills of a lighting engineer to be a Foley Engineer.  Foley is a specialism in sound engineering. They best option is to go to uni and do a sound engineering degree and then specialise  in Foley, some people just go strait into Foley because its what they want to do, some do both and some work in the industry for years and never work with Foley sound.

Different sound jobs:

  • Sound Assistant
  • Sound Engineer
  • Sound Designer
  • Sound Mixer
  • Foley Engineer/Designer

Famous Sound Engineer/Designer:

Mark A. Mangini has worked on over 130 films and TV shows in his sound design career, inducing many Disney films like the lion king and Aladdin, Star trek and Scooby-Do. Hes been nominated for many awards, and in 2015 he won the Oscar for Sound Editing with the film Mad Max, shared with David White.

Mark was born in Boston and dropped out of college at the age of 19 to persue his career in film. His first job was a cartoon sound editor. Then went on to own his own Post Production Sound Company  for 25 years (Weddington Productions Inc), and  his studio is part of the Formosa Group, in Hollywood. He now is a Governor of  Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences representing the Sound Branch.

University Sound Engenieer Courses:

Sound Engineering & Design at Bolton University

Sound Arts and Design at the University of the Arts London

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