Ed and Drew. Both can be very successful in their own right, and there
are reasons of methodology for both.
I almost always hover around
‘video village,’ and the funny thing
is a lot of mixers that I’ve talked
to consider that a death sentence.
There’s some weird taboo there that
I’m not aware of. Most people want
to be far away from the action.
Personally, I want to see what
is happening on set to be prepared
for the next thing, and form a better
relationship with the entire team.
There are limited times where
we have creative input as location
sound mixers. But if there are opportunities, and there were a couple
of those opportunities on Moonlight
(and some other films), where I’d
make a suggestion, and because of
the rapport with the director, writer,
or producer, sometimes those suggestions add what is needed and it
ends up on screen.
I don’t know how it came into
being, but in a lot of projects the
sound department is kind of like the
red-headed stepchild in the corner.
Forgive me if anyone you know and
analogy, but you get the idea.
So I want to be part of this
generation that is more intimately
involved in projects and who have
control over things. We need to be
in a sense a tool that the director
or producer can immediately reach
to, not quite within arm’s reach, but
they can turn over their shoulder
and say, “Hey Chris, what do you
think about this?”
Since I started to use this ap-
proach, the Aaton philosophy of be-
ing smaller and more compact so I
can be close to everybody, those in-
stances happen all the time now.
There were a few moments during Moonlight where, because of my
relationship with the director [Barry
Jenkins] at that time, I could go to
him;and;say,;“Hey;Barry,;if;this;hap-pened it would make things sound
a lot more authentic…” Or if he em-phasized;this;line,;or;if;maybe;we
captured some more of the ambience with this or that or the other
thing — he actually listened and
Chris Giles' setup for a diner scene in 'Moonlight'
Kevin (André Holland)and Black (Trevante Rhodes) at a diner in 'Moonlight'
Teresa (Janelle Monáe) in 'Moonlight'