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Watkins and Kiwa Digital Partner To Bring Industry Innovator VoiceQ Into Film School Program

March 10, 2016

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film has added VoiceQ, the most advanced ADR and dubbing cueing system in the world, to its film curriculum, making it the first school in the country to use this innovative post-production software in a classroom setting.

Developed by New Zealand-based Kiwa Digital Ltd, VoiceQ speeds up the ADR (additional dialogue recorded) and replacement process in the post-production stage of film and television production. Not every location where a film is shot is sound friendly, and re-recording dialogue and dubbing can be an expensive and tedious process. As the most advanced of the rythmo band software options available on the international market, VoiceQ is credited as halving preparation, recording and editing time over traditional options.

“There isn’t a more intuitive and powerful dialogue looping software available. It’s a major upgrade for our campus facility, and will allow our students to utilize the same professional tools they will find in the industry,” said Watkins adjunct Scott Hallgren, who teaches the Film School’s sound classes. “Watkins filmmakers can now have the same experiences as directors and sound editors in working with actors in post-production situations.”

“Kiwa shares Watkins’ vision that the future of the industry is wide open, and their expertise in preparing young filmmakers makes them an ideal partner,” said Allan Schollnick, vice president, North America business development for Kiwa Digital.

Students and area professionals from Women in Film & Television enjoyed using VoiceQ at a recent workshop

Women in Film & Television

The VoiceQ software will be part of Watkins’ introductory and post-production sound classes, and be used to enhance and bring value to the many student films made each semester. Additionally, it has been featured in a recent professional sound seminar at the school, and will be introduced to high school students from the Governor’s School of the Arts this summer.

The implementation of this advanced post-production system follows another recent Watkins milestone: the announcement of Watkins’ first graduate film program, the Masters of Fine Art in Film Production, now accepting applications for Fall 2016.

“We are committed to our students being well versed in the innovations from leading edge companies and the techniques being employed in the film industry,” said Richard Gershman, chair of the Film School. “Watkins is very appreciative that Kiwa Digital is providing our students another professional-level experience through the VoiceQ software.”

About VoiceQ: An ADR and Dubbing Re-evolution

Developed by Kiwa Digital Ltd, VoiceQ software speeds up the dialogue creation and replacement process in the post-production stage of film and television production. The most advanced of the rythmo band software options on the international market, it is credited as halving preparation, recording and editing time over traditional options. The software is disruptive innovation, described by industry commentator Patrick Long Taylor as “breathing new life into an old process from the early days of sound… pulling the rythmo band into the digital age.” VoiceQ is now licensed by market leaders in USA, Brazil, South Africa and Europe, and supported by leading media companies and a network of global resellers. More info at voiceq.com.

About Watkins
With a 130-year history in the visual arts, Watkins College of Art, Design & Film in Nashville is a four-year baccalaureate college offering BFA degrees in Film, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Interior Design and Photography, a BA in Art, and an MFA in Film Production (launching Fall 2016). Watkins became a baccalaureate college in 1997, and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
(SACSCOC); the MFA in Film Production is pending SACSCOC approval.Watkins College of Art, Design & Film

From its establishment of the Film School more than 20 years ago – bringing the first BFA in Film program in the state – Watkins has been recognized as a leader in educating and training filmmakers while preparing them for a number of opportunities for professional employment. Students at the college enjoy extensive, dedicated production facilities, with sound stages, digital editing labs, post-production audio/music studios, mix theater, color correction suite, writing lab, production office, and professional movie theater, plus a media center of state-of-the-art equipment including cameras, lighting, grip, and sound gear for students to use on campus or on location.

The Film programs at Watkins offer students an opportunity to grow and expand their skills, increase their knowledge, develop their aesthetic, and contribute to a very competitive and constantly evolving film industry. Watkins alumni credits include television (“Nashville,” “Dexter,” “Sesame Street,” “Walking Dead”), film (American Hustle, Zero Dark Thirty, The Amazing Spider Man), music videos (Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift), studios and networks (Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., NBC Universal, Discovery, A&E, Participant Media) and a variety of high-profile companies and franchises (Big Machine Label Group, Participant Media, TMZ, CAA, Tennessee Titans.)