...to make sure the production sound is recorded in a way the director,
editor and sound designer will have the utmost control and flexibility during the post-production stages.
After graduating Sound Design at the Dutch Filmacademy in 2011, I immediately started working as a sound assistant on different kinds of film productions.
Working with a lot of sound mixers gave me the opportunity to look at sound recording from many different angles.
I've learned we all want the same thing; to record good quality production sound, but there are different ways to get there.
Even though I'm still learning new ways and skills, I feel I've found a good base for approaching production sound recording. Whether it's a low- or big budget production, a feature film, documentary or TV series.
It's the sound mixers responsibility to make sure the production sound is recorded in a way the director, editor and sound designer will have the utmost control and flexibility during the post-production stages. Leaving them with the ability to focus entirely on the drama of a scene.
To achieve this not only requires a good set of ears but also knowledge of picture- and sound editing and a sense of drama and emotion to understand what is needed to get the best sound.
Of course good communication skills are also key in this proces, to make sure other departments and crew members are on the same page.
Ideally the sound design starts at the early stages of a production. Talking together with the creative producer, writer, director and sound designer about the sound before the script is locked, will result in a richer sound design for the audience to enjoy.