Open Arts students in Brane Živković's Portrait of An Artist: Walter Murch class recently learned how to draw the soundscapes out of a story from Academy Award-winning Sound Producer Chris Newman. Newman is an eight-time Oscar nominee, winning for his work on The Exorcist (1973), Amadeus (1984), and The English Patient (1996).
Student Andrew Garland had this to say: "Listening to Chris Newman talk to our class has been one of the best experiences I've had so far at NYU. Instead of just giving a lecture, he showed us clips from his movies, all the while pointing out the little intricacies and stories that shaped their soundscapes. He even went as far as to ask my classmates and I questions based on what area of film we wanted to go into. From my standpoint as an editor, hearing Chris mention many of the editing techniques used to cut each scene made me happy: it was the first time I've been able to talk to someone who's not an editor yet has a firm understanding of the subject."