Less is more: cutting for keeps

12:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Online Workshop
Registration Closed

When should you cut stumbles, stammers, and ums and when should you leave them? What about if your guest makes a weird gulpy breathing sound or snort-laughs like they got milk up their nose or says “like” a lot? Should you cut those?  The answer: sometimes. 

We often cut tape for time or because we’re worried it will annoy or distract listeners but it’s all too easy to lose track of the intricacies that give our conversations life. If you’re just a beginner or even if you’ve been cutting tape for a while now and are struggling to make your characters sing, this online workshop with engineer and producer Michael Raphael will help you to sharpen your ears and learn to decide with confidence what to cut and what to keep.  

Michael will demonstrate the power of voice and explain how our cadence, accents and patterns of speech are one of the last bastions of regionalism in the world. He’ll teach you the finer points of dialogue editing for reported pieces and interviews and you’ll leave class with a solid understanding of how you can preserve these powerful and critical identifiers of who we are and how we tell stories.

*This class is sold out

About Your Instructor

Michael Raphael

Michael is a Peabody Award recipient who has worked on the production teams for The New Yorker Radio Hour, Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, Marketplace, Weekend America, and Radiolab. His work can be heard on Fiasco, Lost Hills, Suspicious Activity: Inside the FinCEN Files, Voyages: Listen to the World from the New York Times, Performance Today, among others. He is an expert field recordist whose company, Rabbit Ears Audio, provides authentic sounds to the film and video game industries. If you need the sound of an Mi-24 Hind Soviet era helicopter, or an Olivetti Lettera 22 Royal Standard Model 10 typewriter, he's all ears.