It’s Sound Check!

with Dane Cody

Most memorable project?
The Mule. It’s probably my first long-form job that I realised I’m not completely useless at my job. The job had it’s challenges, sure – but it was the biggest project I had done at the time, and I felt that I was good enough to be there, recording some great performances. There was also very little ADR and something like 95% of scenes ended up on boom in the final mix, very little on lavaliere microphones. We mic’d everyone, sure – but Andy Newton is a superb Boom Operator and team- player and it always sounds better on a well placed Schoeps. We got great feedback from the Sound Designer and Re-recording Mixer, and keeping them happy is my number #1 priority.

If you weren’t in this industry, what would you be doing?
Writer and researcher in Marine Biology. I have a real affinity for the ocean and all it’s creatures and varied environments, so much so that I feel weird if I haven’t smelled the salty air, heard the rolling waves or looked out over the vastness for too long. I recently completed my PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification and have done a string of great dives here in Melbourne and New Zealand, which have really made me fall even deeper in love with the ocean. Damn Hippy.

If you could have worked on any soundtrack in history, what would it have been?
So hard to choose! Alien. I love that film. It’s a tremendous experience, and I think it’s stood the test of time. Such suspense, all underpinned by a crisp dialogue track, great sound design and music. I revisit this film every couple of years. Or The Big Lebowski, which I watch without fail every year, it’s just so incredibly funny.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
“You’ve got to bring the weapons that will help you win the war” – imparted to me by an Oscar, multiple BAFTA and many other prestigious award-winning Production Sound Mixer, whom would like to remain anonymous. To clarify/put into context, he was referring to bringing the right tools, preparation and attitude to set. I have this in the back of my mind a lot, whether I’m preparing for a job, or working on set.