Who am I?
Who am I? What am I about? If you have the answer to those questions, then please let me know ASAP!
The Short Version:
Professionally, I have worked primarily as a successful sound editor and re-recording mixer in the New Zealand film & television industry. I have overseen sound editing and mixed a number of top TV dramas, including Outrageous Fortune and The Almighty Johnsons and I have won awards for my creative audio contributions to SPP’s Being Eve and Maddigan’s Quest. (See Resumé.)
What’s important to me is making a valuable creative contribution. As far as sound design goes, this means I love to work on quality productions where a good sound mix can really make a difference to the show’s emotional and dramatic impact.
But I also have my own stories to tell. And so I write. Despite the formidable barriers of procrastination, fear of failure and frequent feelings of inadequacy, I still manage to eke out words onto the page (or screen) on a regular basis. The crazy (and slightly arrogant) belief that I have a distinct voice and unique point of view that deserves to be heard above the roar of the crowd is what keeps me at it.
I believe that humour lies at the core of interesting human drama. (Just try watching a married couple having a screaming match and not seeing the absurdity on display.) And, when exploring the dark, ugly corners of human experience, showcasing the black humour in the fickleness of existence is a much more effective entertainment device than milking the superficial melodrama.
I have several TV and feature film scripts and outlines under my belt in various stages of completion, as well as a handful of short plays, films and practice scenes that have been successfully performed/produced. If you’d like to discuss some of my ideas or view writing samples (or offer me a job!), please get in touch.
I’m not well educated. That is, if you’re into pieces of paper that demonstrate the path of a formal education and allow Human Resources Departments to tick off checkboxes of arbitrary “skills”. However, I have a passion for learning and exploring the universe of ideas. I’m well-read in the sciences, philosophy, psychology and I place great value on critical thinking skills. A constant fascination of mine is the systematic flaws of the human mind: how and why everyone (even the smartest amongst us) can so easily fall into prejudice, irrationality and hypocrisy—a theme that features heavily in my writing and my worldview. Well, I was brought up in a religious home, so I had a rather large swamp of wilful ignorance from which to either emerge or drown; I chose the former.
Two years of undergraduate medical school wasn’t for me and I’ve never felt the need (or felt like I had the time) to venture back into formal academia. I guess I figured (possibly foolishly) that a creative path was for me, despite its lack of guaranteed rewards or clear career trajectory.
Now, all this probably makes me sound like I live in a perpetual bubble of existential angst. That’s not completely true.
At heart I’m just a geek. Which, to many, just means I like gadgets and/or obsess about Star Wars. Well, yes, that’s kinda true, but my real strength is my ability to learn quickly, understand how things work and figure out ways to solve problems. This is particularly useful in relation to computers and technology, where I have built and maintained websites; written programs; creatively edited and manipulated photographs, videos and sounds; and solved all kinds of bang-your-head-against-the-wall technical problems. I like to think I fit nicely into the “geek” section of this brilliant diagram. (As opposed to “nerd” or “dork”—and definitely not a “dweeb”.)
What else? I act, which I love (and it’s great for the mental health). I play music. I enjoy taking and manipulating photographs. And I have two adorable little offspring (of the male variety) which I’m doing my best to ultimately hone (perhaps in vain) into better human beings than myself.