I was inspired to learn the craft of Sound Recording from BBC sound man Mike Westgate - the mixer on The World's Fastest Indian and the Cousteau expeditions.
At film school, he would deliver
guest-lectures on sound theory along with his experiences in the
Mike taught me many things but
most importantly, he showed me through example the importance of
diversifying and not remaining stuck on one kind of production
That is why I enjoy in equal
measure, feature films, documentaries, TV Commercials and
reality TV drama. Each bring a completely different set of
When dealing with the public, such as on documentaries, there is a refreshing level of sincerity that brings a deep appreciation that we are doing something good in the world, or at least for the people or subject we are involved with.
Feature films are quite different
in this respect yet immensely rewarding in their own way.
Dealing with many actors and large crews gives one the feeling
of being in an instrumental ensemble for an orchestra. We each
have our one small note to play, but it is an important note
none the less, without which the film would not get made
I had the good fortune to
field direct a shoot with Ande recently for an upcoming
reality TV series. At all times during filming Ande was the
perfect team player; pleasant, hard working, intelligent and
extremelly capable. I would work with him again in a jiffy.
Michael 'Hudsie' Huddleston , co-director of Emergency Heroes.
Ande is helpful,
professional, good with children and gives great sound
Liz Garneau, Producer, Automatic Films
During the edit, it
became blatantly clear that the quality of your work was by
far the best from the other sound recordists we had used.
The dialogue was clear and distinct from the horrendous
background noises, and the recording levels were far better
than the rest. Thank you for your commitment and enthusiasm
during the shoot. I will have no hesitation in recommending
you to other directors and production companies.
Alan Gibb, Film Director at Omnicron Productions
Taking a moment in the sun on a Cape Reinga shoot, top of the North Island, NZ
Air NZ shoot with steadicam operator Rhys Duncan
On top of a commercial construction site for a NZ Steel shoot.