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Michael Semanick: Re-recording Mixer at Skywalker Sound

Re-recording on films isn’t where you start; it’s a job you earn after years of doing every other sound gig. In charge of ensuring that the dialogue, music, and sound effects for motion pictures blend together seamlessly, re-recorders spend years building up experience and trust with directors.

The Sound of Silence: Darryl L. Frank

Despite its unlikely premise, Breaking Bad’s commitment to making the morally complex world of lead character Walter White real is what makes the series palatable to audiences who don’t have a background in dealing meth. The show’s production sound mixer, Darryl L. Frank, is a vital part of that authenticity.

Post-Production Coordinator

As in principal photography, post-production of a film or television show combines the efforts of numerous artistic and technical departments. While it is the director’s role to oversee the creative completion of the project, the post-production coordinator acts as a logistical watchdog, ensuring each facet is operating efficiently toward completion.

Assistant Mix Engineer

The principle responsibility of the assistant mix engineer is to streamline and simplify the primary mix engineer’s workflow. While the assistant is expected to perform many technical tasks, he or she is mostly essential to maintain organization.

Assistant Dialogue Editor

On a lucky day, the average film may require only a few minutes of replacement dialogue to substitute for unusable audio recorded during principal photography. Then there are those films that necessitate a great deal of ADR because of added special effects or particularly challenging environmental conditions where ADR editors may be working on replacement tracks in the double-digits. When a single ADR editor winds up with a massive workload, he or she often relies on an assistant to keep the process organized and efficient.

Production Sound Mixer

Since The Jazz Singer first combined a synchronized instrumental score, spoken dialogue, and sound effects in 1927, audio has been an essential creative component to film and television production. Can you imagine Star Wars or Saving Private Ryan without sound? Behind all of the music, noise, and laughter that enhances the images on screen is the production sound mixer.