Chris Assells
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Getting into business after 25? .)
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LATE TO THE PARTY - This advice will be feature film-centric. I'll start by telling you that I don't know a single person who got a gig because of a degree ... twenty weeks of Junior College here ...

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REBOOT: What makes you think YOU'RE a sound designer?
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Jay, Jay, Jay ... Remember when we were all "sound editors" and proud of it? Remember when that meant knowing how to cut sound FX, cut dialogue, cue and cut foley, cue and cut ADR, conform pre-dubs ...

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Is Sound Design the Best Job Ever?
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My favorite moment was also my most terrifying. I was working on a little film called "Gladiator". We were mixing the big battle in Reel 1. Not only had I cut it I was also the stage editor. It was ...

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Should sound designers have a formal qualification in sound design?
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NO. You cannot quantify creativity or talent. To the person wishing for a union we have one (thank god) and the answer about the M.P.S.E. was also correct. We have those sweet initials for our ...

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Am I too old for sound design?
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No you are not to old. I started at 30 and have been doing it successfully for 28 years now. Get an entry level job (driver, apprentice, assistant) at a sound house. You will meet people and you will ...

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Have you ever turned down work for moral reasons?
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Yes! It was the right thing to do. I had already said yes, saw the film, then asked to be taken off. It never came back to haunt me. Follow your heart ... always.

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Weird car actions?
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I've cut quite a few car sequences over the years, here's what I'd do - For your onboard sequence I assume the cars slowly cruising by are going in the same direction as your main car. I've always ...

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How can someone embed emotional content to a desired sound design process ?
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I use those two things on the side of my head. You should too.

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What's the best advice you've received early on that's helped you in your career?
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Don't overcut. It projects insecurity, slows down the mix and pisses everyone off. Do not cut three sounds where one sound will work. Don't waste time manipulating the wrong sound trying to make it ...

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Where to go from here? How to Progress?
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Hard work, talent and a good attitude ... Your reputation well precede you. If you are good people will find out.

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Do you play an instrument?
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Guitar and all fretted instruments for 40+ years and keyboard noodling. Always have at least 3 or 4 string instruments in my edit suite for unwinding and decompressing. Love to play with a couple of ...

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CLOTHES - how to mix Foley
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Mark Durham suggested I repost this as an answer ... ("... I guess that even good foley artist reacts with some delay etc.") Foley always needs to be edited. You are absolutely correct about delay ...

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What to use for a decent popcorn sound
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Bubblewrap. You can finally pop those suckers for something besides fun. You might have to slightly pitch a pass or two because like snowflakes no two kernels pop exactly the same. You'll need to ...

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What do you expect from the picture editor?
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"What do you expect from the picture editor?" At the mix I always expect, "Can we hear what's in my OMF? I like what WE did."

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Female Sound Designer/Engineers/Editors????
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When I started (around 25-30 years ago) it seemed like the only females were ADR & dialogue editors and foley walkers (now called foley Artists). That has changed. When we were cutting on film it ...

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The Thin Red Line: who is the main sound designer?
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The only way to find out it to talk to somebody who worked on the show. Credits can be VERY misleading. I worked on a show with a "sound designer" credited who literally did nothing on the show. ...

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lip syncing dialogue any tips?
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B's and P's baby. To a lesser extent F's, M's and V's.

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Sound Design Creative Process - Inputs and Outputs
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I am very confused ...

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How Do I Progress in Sound?
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Go where the work is. Get any job you can at a studio or sound house even if it's not the job you want. I have seen many people make lateral moves. From driver to editor, assistant to editor, techie ...

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How many of you went to school for sound?
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Nope and it hasn't hurt my career at all. I often say, "College was the best twenty weeks of my life". As far as sound goes either you've got that creative spark or you don't. If you don't then no ...

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Where are you from and what do you do?
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Sound editor/designer in Hollywood California. Started cutting on film using a Moviola when as a sound editor you had to know how to do it all. Dialogue editing, sound FX, Foley, ADR, backgrounds ...

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Film Sound Design Contracts
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Late to the game ... sorry. I have never heard of a sound designer getting points ... ever, and I've been doing this for quite a while now.

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Have you a favourite film about sound?
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Hands down "Modern Romance" The famous "space floor" scene - http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4531705519963169998

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Best hand-to-hand fight scene
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My oh my, pretty tough f*cking audience. Having worked on all the "Bourne" movies I can tell you that the bulk of this fight was cut FX and not foley. Done by my friend the brilliant Dino DiMuro. The ...

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Resume Formats for Sound Editors/Designers
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I have never seen anybody get a gig from a resume although I'm sure it must have happened at some point. It's been my experience that it's who you know. If you are recommended for a job they will ...

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If you're a Sound Designer of a movie, do you have total supervision over what the trailer sounds like?
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Never. On occasion we will send them a piece of a pre-dub or stem but that's it. While trailers might not sound better than the film they are promoting they ALWAYS seem to sound bigger ... a lot ...

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Professional Sound Designers - Do you make a comfortable living?
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Yes ... very comfortable. If you are in the U.S. WORK UNION. For sound editors and designers ours is the Motion Picture Editors Guild I.A.T.S.E. Local 700. I haven't looked at my rate card in quite ...

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Dolby Atmos and the World of Sound Design.
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Years ago (2002?) I worked on a special mix for a film called "We Were Soldiers", I cut sound for an overhead speaker. Helicopters, bullet bys and the like. I think it only screened in one theater on ...

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Foley Editing for the mix
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Here's the trick - use your ears. If it bumps fix it. I've always faded in and out of foley tracks it can also help to cut right up against first mod on the incoming sound. Unless you're slammed and ...

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