The Dolby Institute

Founded to inspire and amplify creativity worldwide

What is the Dolby Institute?

The Dolby Institute was created to educate, inspire, and empower the next generation of content creators. Through events, instruction, and awareness, we help creatives think critically and creatively about sound and image, unlocking the power of technology to help tell their stories.

We educate through training tools and programs with educational partners to offer access to advanced sound and image technologies. We inspire by showcasing in podcasts and artist profiles how the world’s leading content creators use technology to tell engaging, spectacular stories. And we empower by providing direct artist support through Dolby Institute Fellowships and partnerships with the Sundance Institute, SFFILM, Ghetto Film School, and more.

So whether you’re making a film, mixing sound for a sporting event, creating music, or designing the next-generation gaming experience, you’ll find a community of support at the Dolby Institute.

 

Making chess exciting for viewers — The Queen's Gambit

In Netflix's The Queen's Gambit, the filmmakers manage to not only make chess exciting, but downright riveting. Learn how editor Michelle Tesoro, ACE, and sound designer Wylie Stateman successfully crafted such tense and thrilling scenes so that even a non-chess player could follow along and enjoy the thrill and strategy of the game.

Making chess exciting for viewers — The Queen's Gambit

In Netflix's The Queen's Gambit, the filmmakers manage to not only make chess exciting, but downright riveting. Learn how editor Michelle Tesoro, ACE, and sound designer Wylie Stateman successfully crafted such tense and thrilling scenes so that even a non-chess player could follow along and enjoy the thrill and strategy of the game.

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Sound + Image Lab: The Dolby Institute Podcast

Sound and image are powerful storytelling tools. I’m constantly inspired by the most talented sound and image artists in the world. At the Dolby Institute, we bring that power to new artists creating all different kinds of stories.

Glenn Kiser, director of the Dolby Institute

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Dolby Atmos Student Compositions

Dolby, San Francisco State University (SFSU), and 5th House Ensemble joined forces to create a unique remote program. SFSU students came up with concepts for musical compositions using the multidimensional audio of Dolby Atmos. 5th house composers then performed and recorded the four selected compositions. Click on the link below to experience these powerful performances in the immersive audio of Dolby Atmos.

Dolby Atmos Student Compositions

Dolby, San Francisco State University (SFSU), and 5th House Ensemble joined forces to create a unique remote program. SFSU students came up with concepts for musical compositions using the multidimensional audio of Dolby Atmos. 5th house composers then performed and recorded the four selected compositions. Click on the link below to experience these powerful performances in the immersive audio of Dolby Atmos.

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Dolby sponsors “First Nations Prize” at SF3 Festival

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander filmmakers will have added incentive to enter the SmartFone FlickFest this year with the introduction of a new award sponsored by Dolby.

Dolby sponsors “First Nations Prize” at SF3 Festival

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander filmmakers will have added incentive to enter the SmartFone FlickFest this year with the introduction of a new award sponsored by Dolby.

The SmartFone FlickFest (SF3) festival is an Australian international film festival promoting film creation using smartphones. Started by Angela Blake and Ali Crew, the locally run festival is now in its seventh year and attracting more attention than ever. In collaboration with the SF3 team, we’ve created a new award category in the festival for a First Nations filmmaker who identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

On offer for the winner is a new phone or tablet and mentorship with SF3’s new Indigenous Festival Ambassadors: journalist and producer Stan Grant, actor and director Wayne Blair, and high profile screenwriter Jon Bell.

The award for the best short film — up to a maximum of 20 minutes, created on a smartphone, by a First Nations filmmaker — will be given out in Spring 2021. Entries opened on May 1, 2021 and close on August 1, 2021.

Be sure to check back here or the festival website for updates.

Dolby Institute Fellowships

Dolby Institute Fellowships

Now in its eighth year, the Dolby Institute Fellowship program gives independent filmmakers support and access to cutting-edge Dolby tools to fully realize their creative vision. Partnerships with the Sundance Institute, Chicken & Egg Pictures, and SFFILM help films find wide audiences.

Educating the next generation of filmmakers, musicians, and game developers

Through university partnerships and community programs, we’re actively involved in helping new creatives find their voice. Expanding access to software. Making professional technology easier to use. And getting artists the resources they need.

Educating the next generation of filmmakers, musicians, and game developers

Through university partnerships and community programs, we’re actively involved in helping new creatives find their voice. Expanding access to software. Making professional technology easier to use. And getting artists the resources they need.

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