After listening to the guys at the audionowcast discuss the people most influential to them, I figured I wanted to start a thread here and discuss this with the rest of you guys. here's a list of the people and things that were and are the most influential on me and my audio career.
The process of making this list has filled me with gratitude both for my lot in life and for the people I have around me. This gig sure beats washing dishes.
my parents - who supported my decision to pass on what could have been a scholarship to anywhere out of high school and head to a little community college in West Texas to pursue audio, supported my decision to move to Dallas to pursue audio, supported my decision to intern at DAPG ("you're going to work for free?") and continue to support me to this day.
my wife - who tolerates my constant need to "pull over for a few minutes and record the wind over there" while we're on road trips, my need to spend our hard earned $ on mics and recorders, the hours I spend at the office, and the fact that I love my company enough to not really ever want to move away from Dallas.
my boss - Roy, who gave me a shot when I was 21 and trained me from the ground up. who continues to put faith and trust in my abilities, and who listens openly to any suggestions I may have about any facet of audio or the business of audio.
my coworkers - especially Brad who is both cooler than me and more naturally talented than me. He's constantly challenging my perceptions and pushing me to be better at what I do.
my professors at school - especially Jerry Stoddard and Stuart Moody who were consummate professionals and would not rest until we bunch of long haired wannabees understood mic theory, signal flow, electronics, troubleshooting, eq, compression, et all. they also let us record our music in the awesome studios there.
internet people (in no specific order)
Tim Prebble - author of one of the strongest sound design blogs out there. Tim is eternally giving with his knowledge and techniques both on his blog and in this forum and others. I've learned immensely just by standing back and watching.
Michael Raphael - Michael and I tweet and IM back and forth a fair amount, and he's become a very trusted extra set of ears to help evaluate my stuff as I help listen to his. He also runs rabbitearsaudio.com
Michael Maroussas - Created and maintains The Sound Collector's Club, which both stocks my library and forces me to get out into the world one extra time a month to record something entirely unrelated to any projects I have running, and do it at a high enough level to be proud of.
the people at gearslutz
the people here
the people on twitter
films (in no specific order)
no country for old men - tour de force in the art of using negative space to pull forward tiny details. As a West Texas guy who's spent plenty of time in El Paso, the authenticity and execution of this film is stunning.
transformers - yeah I said it. The first transformers film is paced excellently and is filled with so much top shelf modern sound design it boggles the mind. I find it impossible to watch that film and not learn something.
house of flying daggers - I use this film to show interns what good foley sounds like, as well as how to captivate emotions with open space and tiny moves followed by big ones. The cloth, swords, breaths, mix, and footsteps are the peak of the art.
the matrix - revolutionary sound design throughout. the punches, digital manipulations, white rooms, slow downs, and everything else are without peer.
district 9 - the best creature and scifi weapon sounds IMO, and a masterful documentary style mix. I could watch this 10 times in a row and never be bored with it.
symbol - i saw this film at the asian film festival here in Dallas last year. It takes place half in a white room in Chinese and half in old mexico in spanish. It kind of blew my mind, and I wish I could see it again.
kill bill volume 1 - the battle between lucy liu and the bride at the end has a water fountain in it that inspires me to do specific grounding details in quiet scenes to this day. also the gory sounds and the animation sound designs are awesome. that music soundtrack is also some pretty damn inspired work.
of course there are countless others that can be added to each list, but these are the top people/films in each in my world. what about you?