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Stephen Barden

Stephen Barden


Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Originally he thought he’d be a professional jazz musician, and then explored an education in pharmacy with hopes of graduate studies in medicine, but Stephen Barden eventually found himself in film school where the magic of putting sound to picture was revealed. From that point, Barden knew where his career path would lay.

In 1994, Barden joined Sound Dogs in Toronto as an assistant dialogue editor and went on to become a supervising sound editor, sound designer and vice president of the company.

As a first-call sound supervisor in Canada and the United States, Barden has worked on such films as Cube, Requiem For A Dream, The Aristocrats, The Fountain, the Resident Evil franchise and the forthcoming Make Your Move and Pompeii.  He has also contributed to television series including Due South, Departures and Descending.  He is a multiple Genie, Gemini and M.P.S.E. Golden Reel award winner and nominee.  In 2013, he was nominated for two awards in the sound categories of the inaugural Canadian Screen Awards.

Barden’s career has taken him to the major centres of film production in North America where he feels at home in studios in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, New York and Los Angeles.  He’s also worked recording, editing and mixing jobs in China, Africa, France and the UK.

Barden studied film at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, Canada and he returned there in the early 2000’s as a part-time faculty member teaching sound and sound design. He has remained active at Sheridan since then and accepted a full-time faculty position there in 2011.

Barden holds a masters degree in Creative and Media Education from Bournemouth University in England and is a member of the Directors Guild of Canada, the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television and the Motion Picture Sound Editors guild.

A huge fan of film, basketball and of all types of music, his favourite sounds are the squeak of sneakers on a gym floor, a harmon-muted trumpet and children playing in a schoolyard. He currently lives with his family in Burlington, Ontario.


  • M.A., M.P.S.E.


  • Supervising Sound Editor / Re-recording Mixer, Educator
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