How did you get into Sound for picture?
I saw Peter Watkins’ docudrama, “Culloden”, when I was 11 and have been aware of the power of moving images ever since. Then my best buddy and I saw Joseph Strick’s (James Joyce’s) “Ullysses” and he had to make a film. He borrowed a spring wound 16mm camera from the Dental School AV dept. and we shot what was essentially a music video. I became a freelance still photographer at University, and was a founding member of the Atlantic Filmmakers Co-op. I unpacked the sound recorder we bought, and never looked back…
I was training with the National Film Board production office in sound by 1974. My mentor there was Ted Haley, who had come back to the Board for the first NFB Regional Production office in Halifax, after working on the first IMAX features for Expo ’67 and Osaka ’70.
Why do you still work in Sound?
Working in documentary and independent Atlantic production has been my passion ever since. Besides telling compelling stories about, and working with, great people – where I live – it has taken me from Costa Rica to Baffin Island, to Kyiv and myriad places in between… You meet interesting people every shoot.
I first worked with Matt Welsh on his Gemini winning documentary “Breakaway”. Journeyman’s dedication to telling stories with documentary AND crafted images is a perfect fit with what I’ve been all about my whole career.
Title: Sound Recordist