Behind the Title: Empty Sea Audio’s Mark Camperell

NAME: Mark Camperell

COMPANY: LA’s Empty Sea Audio (@Empty_Sea)

CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR COMPANY?
We provide sound design, mixing, recording and original music composition for film, TV, games, commercials and the web. Our sister company, The Library by Empty Sea, produces royalty-free sound effects packs.

WHAT’S YOUR JOB TITLE?
Supervising Sound Editor/Re-Recording Mixer

WHAT DOES THAT ENTAIL?
I serve as creative lead and manage all of our projects here at Empty Sea Audio. I record sounds in the field for our editors to use. I edit, design and mix our more challenging work.

WHAT WOULD SURPRISE PEOPLE THE MOST ABOUT WHAT FALLS UNDER THAT TITLE?
I also own the company, so that means I wear a lot of hats. I’m in charge of the scheduling, bookkeeping, social media, sales and library management.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE JOB?
Creating sounds from scratch. Nothing is more satisfying than hearing something that didn’t exist before, especially when you are working with material that you recorded in the field yourself. It’s like those moments in time have all come together and are forever written down, sonically.

WHAT’S YOUR LEAST FAVORITE?
Spreadsheets. Spreadsheets are the worst.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TIME OF THE DAY?
Lunch.

IF YOU DIDN’T HAVE THIS JOB, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING INSTEAD?
I’d probably be working in an office somewhere, fighting with the copy machine.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS PROFESSION?
I had a background in music, and that is how I got into sound in the first place. At some point during my time at Loyola Marymount, I realized that there were way more opportunities out there for post production sound than for music.

So, I shifted my focus and never looked back. Everyday I’m reminded that it was the right choice.

CAN YOU NAME SOME RECENT PROJECTS YOU HAVE WORKED ON?
We just completed a digital prequel for Heroes Reborn: Dark Matters for our friends at Retrofit Films/NBC. We’ve also had an on-going project with the folks at Create Advertising mixing commercial spots and trailers.

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I personally wrapped up sound effects editorial on The Flash Season 1 back in May for the awesome folks at Atomic Sound.

WHAT IS THE PROJECT THAT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF?
I’d have to say Dr0ne. Dr0ne was a fast paced, sci-fi web series that we did for executive producer Justin Lin and director Robert Glickert. It really put us on the map as far as being a solid team that could creatively contribute to ambitious projects.

NAME THREE PIECES OF TECHNOLOGY YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT.
My phone. My rig. My coffee machine with the built-in grinder/timer.

WHAT SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS DO YOU FOLLOW?
Facebook and Twitter.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO DE-STRESS FROM IT ALL?
My outlet is running. I’ll run for upwards of two hours straight without music or anything. A lot of people think I’m nuts to go without music, but it’s my time to give my ears a break and to be alone with my thoughts. It really helps me to wind down.


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