Lady and the Tooth

Lady and the Tooth

I recorded some of the additional sound for this animation by Shaun Clark with sound design by Alison Bown. It’s doing really at film festivals and you can find more information here. It will also be shown as part of the Encounters Film Festival in Bristol this year 18-23rd...

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Women in Sound

Today a student writing a dissertation sent me a list of questions about my job. I found answering them quite thought provoking so I thought I’d post the questions along with my answers here. She asked a lot about being a woman in the industry and I have to say it’s not something I often have cause to think about. I hope it’s a debate that is becoming irrelevant. Anyway, if you want to know about my experience, read the Q&As below. I’d be interested to hear what others think (men and women). 1.) How did you get into the Industry? I took a couple of courses including the BA Communication and Media Production at Bournemouth Uni. Then I freelanced in the community and corporate side of TV production for a while until I got a few broadcast jobs 2.) Were you always interested in the sound aspect of the industry? Yes, but I was initially interested in the picture and directing side too. It wasn’t until I was at college and had the chance to do some proper sound recording on lots of different projects that I got interested in doing it as a job in itself. 3.) With 17 years experience you must have definitely recorded all sorts of sounds. Is there any recording that stands out for some reason. Whether it was because it was funny/easy/difficult? I recorded a circumcision of two young girls in Kenya. It still haunts me. 4.) What made you decide to go into freelance? I complete lack of staff jobs, particularly for new entrants in 1990 when I left college. 5.) Since the cutbacks have been made in the TV Industry, have you noticed a difference in the amount of work you have received being freelance? Which cutbacks! There have been continual cutbacks since I joined the industry. We are feeling the impact of the “credit crunch” now and it’s obvious production companies are feeling the pinch too. 6.) Have you had to update a lot of your technical gear in order to keep updated with the bigger companies equipment? Sound gear doesn’t tend to date and go obsolete as quickly as the camera gear does. Saying that I have in the last year of so sold two DAT machines and bought a hard drive recorder and a flash recorder so we are moving onto tapeless technology as far as sound is concerned. The other main pressure on equipment at the moment is the withdrawal of the channel 69 radio mic frequencies in 2012 which will mean that we are all going to have to replace all our radio mic equipment. 7.) From the beginning of your career, have you ever...

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