June 14, 2019
For my coverage of Sydney Film Festival I interviewed Rob Braslin, one of five directors of Dark Place, an anthology of five short horror films by Indigenous directors; also joining us was actress Sara Pensalfini, who starred in Rob’s short Vale Light. We talked about what it was like to work with a sound designer for the first time, the influence of his Indigenous background on his filmmaking and the unconventional process of being one of many directors in a single project.
Dark Place is screening this Saturday and Sunday 15th and 16th of June for SFF. Get tickets here https://www.sff.org.au/program/browse/dark-place
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May 29, 2019
I was fortunate enough to sit down with the 6-time Academy Award nominated Australian filmmaker Peter Weir, director, writer and producer of films such as Picnic at Hanging Rock, Dead Poets Society and Master and Commander.
Peter is an incredibly interesting person, and talked about everything from the influence of Jung's writings during the making of Picnic at Hanging Rock, his take on Television, and the various collaborations he's had with soundies over the years. Talking with him was an absolute pleasure, and I hope you enjoy it!
Side-note, apologies for the occasional crackles, the recorder started mucking up mid-interview and I didn't want to interrupt his flow!
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April 18, 2019
Whilst on holiday in England, I hopped on the train to Twickenham Studios, just outside London, to have a chat with James Mather, who was sound supervisor of the last four Harry Potter films as well as having worked on Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Clash of the Titans and countless others. James has been working in the British industry for decades now, and he was kind enough to invite me to his studio for an interview on the eve of 2019.
James talked about some really interesting stuff including how they approached the changing tone of the Harry Potter franchise in the soundtrack, his methodology when working on action sequences and how picture editors and the sound department can learn from each other.
April 6, 2019
I interviewed Oscar-Winning director, writer and producer George Miller, amongst many other talented people, for Episode 1 of the podcast, "Fury Road: From Storyboard to Soundtrack." With so much great content I was unable to fit into an hour, I'm releasing them all individually.
Here you can listen to George talk not only about Fury Road but also the history of sound in film, his childhood, how the composers he's worked with have influenced him and what people could learn from the Kiwi film industry.
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April 1, 2019
Ben Osmo is an Oscar-winning Australian sound recordist whose extensive list of credits include Strictly Ballroom, Alien: Covenant and many of George Miller’s films. We talked about his working relationship with George Miller, how he uses his role to help facilitate the film-making process, the technical challenges he encountered on Mad Max and Babe, and the state of the Australian industry.
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January 15, 2019
Andy Wright is a sound supervisor, ADR recordist, and all round interesting person who works at Soundfirm in Sydney, and in recent years won an Oscar for his work as sound supervisor on Hacksaw Ridge. In this interview we talk about how he approaches working with actors in ADR, mixing a war scene, Mel Gibson’s as a director and the Chinese film industry.
December 19, 2018
I had the pleasure of interviewing Dean Hurley, David Lynch’s regular sound supervisor for over a decade, while he was here in Sydney working on the upcoming Sydney Festival event Masters of Modern Sound, where him and other sound practitioners are composing and performing works in response to the Art Gallery of NSW’s current exhibition, Masters of Modern Art from the Hermitage.
Walking through the gallery space we discussed how an artwork creates a musical response, working with the director Werner Herzog, and the collaborative process between himself and David Lynch.
Masters of Modern Sound is on at the Art Gallery of NSW from January 10th-12th; more info can be found at the AGNSW website or https://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/events/masters-of-modern-sound
December 15, 2018
In this special episode I talked to the Oscar-winning director of the Mad Max franchise, George Miller, as well as many of the people behind the soundtrack of this visceral action film, including David White, Wayne Pashley, Derryn Pasquill, Mark Wasiutak and Andrew Miller. In this comprehensive look at a franchise, I discuss with them how George approaches sound in his his films, the extensive pre-production process of Fury Road, the difficulties of the production sound, creating sonic personalities for cars and how they translated George’s vision into a concrete soundtrack. This debut is not to be missed!