Sound Design Masterclass with Dave Whitehead

TIFF Bell Lightbox, Learning Studios A&B
October 21, 1:30pm–3:00pm



Maori artist Dave Whitehead has spent over twenty-four years in the film industry as an award-winning sound designer and composer with credits on major motion pictures and shows including District 9, The Hobbit, Arrival and Netflix’s Okja.

This presentation starts from the basics of sound design to the fine tuning of the artform through his career, and how his heritage and Indigenous forms of sound expression have influenced his approach and practice in his work. Join us in this special and rare opportunity to learn about the art of sound design.

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Dave Whitehead is a Wellington, New Zealand based sound designer and composer who has worked in the film industry for the past 27 years. He is of New Zealand Maori decent, from Ngati Porou and Ngati Kahungunu iwi or tribes. With his company White Noise Ltd, Dave has worked on such films as ‘The Lord of the Rings Trilogy’, ‘King Kong’, ‘District 9’, ‘The Hobbit Trilogy’, ‘Elysium’, ‘Snowpiercer’, ‘Arrival’,  ‘Cleverman’ and ‘Okja’ to name a few. He has had the opportunity to work with great directors and wonderful crew from all around the globe. Dave will share some excerpts of films he has worked on and give some insight into his creative processes.


Dave has been nominated for a BAFTA and CAS award and has won Golden Reel (Motion Picture Sound Editor Awards) for the films 'District 9' and Tin Tin. He has been nominated for several other international awards, is a member of AMPAS and a research Fellow with Te Whare Wananga o Waikato, The University of Waikato. Dave also directed his first short film ‘Possum’ in 2016 which is now showing at festivals around the world. He is currently developing his feature projects whilst working as a sound designer.


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