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Mentoring Programme

From May 2nd to May 9th, 2024 a mentoring programme took place featuring Mark Ulano and Patrushkha Mierzwa concentrated on the work of boom operators and sound designers and present an excellent opportunity to learn about Hollywood practices in the field of film sound. Their joint teaching is in demand at film schools worldwide. 

Mark Ulano is a renowned production sound mixer, having worked on films such as "Killers of the Flower Moon" (Martin Scorsese, 2023), "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" (Quentin Tarantino, 2019), and "Kill Bill" (Quentin Tarantino, 2003), and has received numerous prestigious awards, including an Oscar for sound in the film "Titanic" (James Cameron, 1997). 

A boom operator Patrushkha Mierzwa is a pioneer of the sound assistant profession, having published two books on the subject: Beneath the Boom Pole: The Art & Science of Boom Operating for Movies & TV (All Art is Technical: Sound for Motion Pictures and Television) and Behind the Sound Cart: A Veteran's Guide to Sound on the Set (All Art is Technical: Sound for Motion Pictures and Television).  

The mentoring programme included a theoretical and a practical part: 

  • the theoretical part comprised interactive lectures on the relationship between sound and the emotional content of the story, basics of sound artistic creation, pre-production - focusing on a more detailed introduction to pre-production procedures and production - introducing detailed processes for effective problem solving, film screenings of "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" and "Killers of the Flower Moon" with discussions. 
  • the practical part will feature a MIXING workshop and BOOM WORKSHOP & WIRING LECTURE 
  • one-on-one consultations 


The project AMU, Mentoring Program - Mark Ulano and Patrushkha Mierzwa, application registration number 0316000015, is realized with financial co-funding from the European Union through the National Recovery Plan and the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.  


Author: Andrea Petrovičová