Backstage Interview Transcript: Sound Mixing

CATEGORY: Sound Mixing
SPEECH BY: Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley 


Q.    You get to mix two movies in one here.  Can you talk a little bit about that, that music is conflict resolution? 

A.    (Ben Wilkins) We don't understand the question. 

A.    (Craig Mann) Yeah.  Which two movies?  We mixed 12 movies last year.


Q.    So talk about the challenges of mixing a film that is about jazz. 

A.    (Craig Mann) Well, the challenge of this film was the schedule that we had.  It was five weeks from turnover to Sundance.  And with all the complications of music on top of the schedule, it made it very difficult.  Jazz, or opera, or rock, that amount of mixing and material in that amount of time was very difficult.


Q.    Your mom came down with you.  She's a proud Canadian, I know that.  What would you like to say to all the folks back home?

A.    (Craig Mann) Hello.  Thanks everybody.  Phones blowing up all night.  It's great to represent the ‑‑ the Northern touch there, and hello to everybody up there.


Q.    Can you talk about the new age of digital and the feel of analog as far as how it's affecting the mixing today and ‑‑

A.    (Craig Mann) This is all you, Ben.

Q.    ‑‑ strategies? 

A.    (Ben Wilkins) It's ‑‑ it's just another tool in our arsenal or an arrow in our quiver, if you like.  Digital enables us to do more with less in a shorter time, and ‑‑ I don't know.  I think all of us grew up using digital.  There's a new generation coming through of people who have never used tape and don't really harken back to the days of that; but digital is here, and it's ‑‑ and it's ‑‑ it's great.  We love it.  Any BBC?  Any BBC people here?

Q.    Nearly [inaudible] ‑‑


Q.    We're close.  We're Ireland. 

A.    (Ben Wilkins) All right.  Sorry.


Q.    When it works ‑‑ when you're working on a movie like this where the sound is the heartbeat of the movie, does it add to the pressure to you guys, or do you not feel that it all?  You just get the job done?

A.    (Craig Mann) Really just get the job done, I think. 

A.    (Ben Wilkins) Sound is the heartbeat of all movies.

A.    (Thomas Curley) Yeah.  I mean, I think it's safe to say that we all take great pride in our work no matter what job we're on; and when we get a ‑‑ when we get a chance to shine like this, you know, it's just an extra special privilege.


Q.    Hello.  Congratulations to all of you.  And in particular, though, I'll sort of ask of you, you picked up a BAFTA two weeks ago ‑‑

A.    (Ben Wilkins) Yes.

Q.    ‑‑ an Oscar now.  How does it feel to have both of those, and what's it going to be like when you ‑‑ when you take them home?

A.    (Ben Wilkins) Amazing.  A real privilege.  And as I said at the BAFTA's, one nomination is ‑‑ is a ‑‑ is a real honor.  To win one is sublime, and I've run out of superlatives.  So whatever this is, it's fantastic.  Brilliant.




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