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Film Music Workshop A Great Success - Buffalo Movie and Video Makers

Film Music Workshop and Shorty Film Contest A Great Success - Buffalo Movie and Video Makers



OCT 16, 2017 Basic Audio Editing

What is film music? What role does film music play? Filmmakers will learn the basics of audio editing, film music, and sound design using Logic Studio.

NOV 20, 2017 Advanced Techniques

Filmmakers will learn advanced techniques like equalization and pitch correct, especially in use for animated shorts and features, as well as engage in discussion regarding music licensing and copyright.

BUFFALO MOVIE AND VIDEO MAKERS

The Buffalo Movie and Video Makers (BM-VM) was established in 1934 and is one of the oldest running organization of its kind in the U.S. We provide education, support, encouragement, assistance, and a showplace for filmmakers, those with a tangent interest in film (writers, actors, etc.), people who want to help others with their films (production associates, admin., etc.) and people simply interested in watching something different and new in film. Members currently include filmmakers and those with an interest in film, as well as those with skills and talents tangent to the film industry such as actors, writers, film editors.

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