NAME: Tim West
COMPANY: Formosa Group‘s Villa commercial division.
CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR COMPANY?
Audio post for features, TV and commercials. We have sound editorial teams working on different feature projects.
WHAT’S YOUR JOB TITLE?
Commercial and ADR mixer.
WHAT DOES THAT ENTAIL?
I record, edit and mix commercials for TV, radio and theatrical presentations and replace dialog for movies and TV shows.
WHAT WOULD SURPRISE PEOPLE THE MOST ABOUT WHAT FALLS UNDER THAT TITLE?
The amount of file management and the printer problems I deal with.
WHAT TOOLS DO YOU USE?
I use an Avid Pro Tools rig with an ICON console, Adam monitors and John Hardy pre-amps.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE JOB?
The social aspect — the clients and actors I work with. I love hearing old Hollywood stories from the horse’s mouth!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TIME OF THE DAY?
Mornings! I’m definitely a morning person.
IF YOU DIDN’T HAVE THIS JOB, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING INSTEAD?
It’s been a while, so I haven’t considered anything else for a long time, but probably something to do with construction and property development.
HOW EARLY ON DID YOU KNOW THIS WOULD BE YOUR PATH?
Since my mid-teens when I interned at the BBC — I got distracted for a few years, but I got back into it in my mid-twenties.
CAN YOU NAME SOME RECENT PROJECTS YOU HAVE WORKED ON?
Taco Bell’s “Breakfast Defectors” campaign and The History Channel’s Texas Rising.
WHAT IS THE PROJECT THAT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF?
I worked on a campaign for Chevy Silverado a couple of years ago which told the stories of various people and how they used their Trucks. I had enough time to make them sound really great, and they were beautifully produced and written pieces.
I watched Texas Rising in a theater for the cast and crew screening, and was struck by how proud everybody is of their work; it sounded and looked truly awesome.
NAME THREE PIECES OF TECHNOLOGY YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT.
My Dolby Media Meter, a good microphone and my coffee machine.
WHAT DO YOU DO TO DE-STRESS FROM IT ALL?
I think I have a healthy amount of stress to keep me on my toes, but I like to sail, and hang out with my kids (which isn’t stress free!). My nine year old has suddenly become a really great drummer, so I keep my Marshall amp in his room and we rock out a few times a week. I’m not saying we’re any good, but it’s a hell of a lot of fun!