Adam Hefler Student Rewind

How Sound Design Brings Emotion and Realism to Film

Pyramind alum Adam Heffler shares how his experience and education at Pyramind gave him the skills to become a Sound Designer and Foley Artist. In this interview Adam talks about his experience as sound designer and Foley artist for the documentary film, Sickness in the System. Directed by Bryan Gibel and distributed by Field of Vision.

Pyramind senior instructor, Steve Heithecker, sits down with Pyramind alum Adam Heffler to discuss his experience working on the revealing documentary film, Sickness in the System.

Adam reflects on the impact his education at Pyramind had on his budding career and how it prepared him to become a sound designer.

“The education at Pyramind prepared me for everything. I walked into Pyramind not knowing a thing about the craft except what a few news articles and magazines were telling me about… The rabbit hole is much deeper than I could have ever expected… I came into Pyramind thinking I knew nothing and it turns out that was even an understatement.” – Adam Heffler

3:46 Cleaning up the dialog but not too much to keep it sounding authentic.

4:32 What kind of Foley did you do for this?

5:09 Microphone and recorder setup for recording the Foley

6:04 What Digital Audio Workstation do you use? Pro Tools & Ableton Live

Adam talks about his process of using Protools and Ableton Live. He discusses the importance of using each for their strengths and being fluid in how he went between them. Pro Tools was used for conforming and mixing his edits to picture while Ableton was used to create walawala sound beds and creative sound design elements.

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Sickness in the system documentary

About Sickness In The System

Sickness in the System exposes the prison system’s failure to protect its population. Through intimate stories from those inside San Quentin prison, Bryan Gibel’s film takes us into their experience. At the beginning of the pandemic, none of the 3500 people incarcerated at the prison tested positive for COVID-19. Six weeks later almost 50% of the population was infected due to a botched prisoner transfer, making it the worst hotspot in the country. Through two men’s stories, Sickness in the System exposes the prison’s negligence as the pandemic raged.

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