For Film and TV productions, I specialise as a Sound Playbacks operator and multitrack Pro Tools recordist for the filming and broadcast of music performance - whether it's within a Narrative production, live capture of a Stage Show, or Music Video production - often in addition to the traditional Location Sound team. Recent projects include Playback operation for the 2017 TV Mini-Series about The Easybeats, "Friday On My Mind" (Playmaker Media for the ABC). I'm experienced with full-playback shoots, live-sing-to-playback, and live-sing-to-accompanist workflows. I can provide systems from fully portable to full-scale, with Timecode and guide track distribution for Multi-camera shoots, and with in-ear monitoring and speaker playback at any scale.

I have 25 years experience capturing the audio of Live performances and events, for Broadcast, Film and TV. Events with an Orchestral, Acoustic music, or Theatrical component are a specialty - particularly Musical Theatre and Opera. Typical projects include Live TV or streaming broadcast of arts-related events, Commercial filming or archival recording of full performances, and Promotional shoots. Notable projects include Audio Recording Supervision for the filming of Disney's Musical "Newsies" at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles for 2017 cinema release, and the 2012 cinema & DVD release of Andrew Lloyd-Webber's Musical "Love Never Dies" (filmed in Melbourne for Universal Pictures International). I have handled Audio pre-records, mixing, and playback for filming of the TVCs and EPKs (Web Trailers) for many stage shows, including those for "Beautiful", "Kinky Boots", "Les Miserables", "Love Never Dies" and "Mary Poppins".

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As a specialist ProTools operator and OB audio assistant, I also work on many major live Network TV broadcasts each year, such as Australia's Logie Awards and Carols By Candlelight, and a variety of Concert DVD releases. With an in-depth understanding of what is happening in the sound production of live shows, and working in the theatrical environment, I can integrate sound recording requirements into the existing show and venue infrastructure with the least amount of disruption and angst to the show's staff, performers and audience. While recording larger shows with over 100 channels of audio to deal with used to require the use of a location recording truck, recent advances in equipment allow me to do these bigger projects with a small 'fly-away" kit set up backstage. This greatly simplifies logistics and significantly reduces costs over what was possible in the past. I, and all my crew, am familiar with the backstage environment and venue etiquette, and know who to deal with to get the job done, and how not to get in the way.


I regularly make Audio-only recordings of Orchestral, Opera, Music Theatre, and other acoustic music forms, in venues around Australia. Whether the purpose of the recording is simply archival, for audition or competition entry, or for full commercial release as a CD or on-line, I understand the sensitivities of recording this repertoire in the environments it is performed in. I offer special rates for Student and Educational clients, and understand the needs of that sector. I can supply equipment packages ranging from smaller portable systems, to full multi-track recording trucks. An extensive selection of quality microphones, preamps, and accessories are bought to bear as required by the project and recording venue. I can advise on the manufacturing of physical media such as CDs, or file delivery to streaming and download services as required. I supervised location recording for the 2010 Australian cast album of "Mary Poppins" (Walt Disney Records). Previously, I supervised location recording for the highly regarded 2006 Melba Records SACD release of Wagners' "Ring Cycle" in Adelaide.

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