5 Minutes With

Michael Haines, Assistant Sound Engineer, Factory

27 January 2023

How did you get involved in the Young Arrows?

Factory has a great longstanding relationship with The British Arrows & their MD Lisa Lavender. I've worked with Lisa Lavender on the British Arrows podcast series, so when the Young Arrows project came along it felt like a natural fit.

What did you do and how do you feel in went?

I took on the Sound Design & Mix, which was really fun. The objects, materials & movements in the animation create the perfect storm for big sound design, whilst having to highlight intricate details. It was also great fun working with Chris's (composer at SIREN) music track and creating a mix that both highlighted the intricacies of my sound design and the vibe of Chris's music track.

Overall I think it went really well, it was quite interesting only being able to work against a pre-vis version of the animation for the majority of the project. But once the full render came through everything felt right and it was then all about fine tuning my sound design & mix. It was also a breeze working with Jack Field who really delivered on the VFX. His great pre-planning meant that we were able to lock into a bpm ensuring a great rhythmic relationship between all elements of the project.

Michael Haines, Sound Designer, Factory

What impact to you think this will have on your career?

I hope this will have a very positive impact on my career. This project has provided a great platform for me introduce myself to new industry peers and I hope it's a great example of what I am capable of.

What do you think the benefits are of giving young talent opportunities in this way?

I think the greatest benefit is exposure. The post production world can be tough place to break into and I think the Young Arrows is providing a great platform to showcase the talent within the younger ranks of our industry. I believe The Young Arrows will make it easier for the new generation of creatives to build their network and client base.

What are your career goals?

My career goals are to continue sharpening my skills and to keep progressing. My aim is to build a solid network of friends who trust me to deliver on their creative audio post production needs. I also love getting stuck into long form projects, so I'd love to be able to find a way to work in both creative advertising and feature films.

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