|What makes a good sound
Tuomas Pietinen: (Sound Engineer, StoryFilmi, Finland)
Here are just some aspects that I've come across the few years that
I've been in the business.
Sound engineering is basically service provided to the customer. You
offer your expertise for a certain amount of money and be some kind of
transparent medium between the artist and the sound on tape. You have to
have your own ideas which to present to the customer when needed, but follow
THEIR ideas and think of the best way to record them.
What makes a good sound engineer ?
Reliability is everything
Good understanding of electric equipment in general and especially sound
Ability to make field repairs, if possible
Very good knowledge of how to interact with HUMANS
- The movie-making species.
Patient mind and will to always try something new
Good self-discipline to keep gear in good shape
|"Very good knowledge of how to interact with HUMANS.."
It is rare that I hear of professionals in the motion picture sound
endeavor recognize that it is not just excellent technical credentials
that are important for a Production Sound Mixer.
I know of several that are tops when it comes to the technology
of recording sound, but they do not have "people skills". Our job on the
set of a film production often requires that we work out problems with
the DP, the director, producer, set designer, wardrobe and others. There
are several really first rate production sound mixers that rarely get hired
because they can not get along with the DP, director and other co-workers.
I am delighted that Tuomas included this very important aspect in his list.
Edited excerpts from the message thread "sound
engineering is a social job" at CAS webboard feb 1998
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