Could you tell us your role and what your day-to-day responsibilities are?
I am a Sound Effects Editor and Re-recording Mixer. So it depends on the state of a certain project, but I’m either cutting sound effects or mixing them together. Quite often I do both tasks on a show, one after the other.
When did you start here at Skywalker Sound and in what role?
I started in 2012 and worked on our digital support team. I then became a mix tech on the editing stages. Then I transitioned into the roles I have now.
So you began on the technical side? Was that your focus earlier on?
I wanted to get into the building! So I took anything I could. I always wanted to work here since I started in the industry about 17 years ago. I worked in England for a decade in television sound. I was a runner, assistant, editor, and mixer, working for studios and doing freelance.
Do you recall how you first learned about Skywalker Sound?
No, it was always there! Of course I watched things like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Jurassic Park. I was a child of the 1990s so those films were a big deal. This place is where all of those sounds came from. It’s like Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.
My dad was a television mixer in England. We’d always talk about Skywalker Sound. At other places there are often tight budgets and restrictions on what equipment and devices are available. We dreamed about the amazing tools that were being used here. This has always been a place to push technology.