I first walked into a recording studio in 1989, watched the studio managers playing in sound effects from a bank of old record players while simultaneously editing the tapes with a razor blade, and thought “Wow!-I want to do that”. I joined BBC Radio a year later and quickly became a specialist in audio drama. What I particularly enjoyed was the challenge in taking a written script and making it believable and aurally interesting.
Well, the vinyl records and razor blades have been replaced with a shiny Mac computer and I left the BBC many years ago. The tools used have changed but the knowledge needed to bring a written script to life is much the same. Hopefully that’s what I bring to Footstep!
I’ve been working with Footstep now for 10 years. More often than not we’re working in a foreign language, so it’s been a very pleasant surprise to realise how much I remember from all those French, German and Spanish lessons. I've also been surprised how much Chinese I've picked up from our recent productions!