Sound Editor/Re-Recording Mixer

   Matt Cavanaugh

5 Questions (more fun than reading boring bios, no?)

1.  Who would you love to work with – alive or dead?

  • Randy Thom (Forrest Gump, How To Train Your Dragon). He’s got a remarkable ear for good sound, and knows how to create a soundtrack that’s powerful, yet not assaulting.

2.  What recent film did you last enjoy?

  • I would say that Paul is my favorite, mostly-recent movie, but honorable mentions go to Drive, 50/50, and Hugo.

3.  What recent film did you not enjoy?

  • I hate to say it, because I have deep respect for filmmakers in all disciplines, but I’m gonna’ throw Conan under the bus, my only reason being that my expectations weren’t met.

4.  What’s the best advice you’ve gotten?

  • “All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work … It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions … It’s gonna take awhile … You’ve just gotta fight your way through.” -Ira Glass
This wasn’t given to me, as much as I found and stole it. Thanks, Ira.

5.  If you could make any film, what would it be?

  • I would love to be involved in Ender’s Game post-sound. I would also love to be part of a sound crew for a film that explores the Technological Singularity. If I ever get pigeonholed into any type of film, I would beg for it to be futuristic science-fiction.


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