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Meet the Artist: Formosa’s Odin Benitez

NAME: Odin Benitez

COMPANY: West Hollywood’s Formosa Group

CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR COMPANY?
We create sound tracks for motion pictures, television, games and Internet sound.

WHAT’S YOUR JOB TITLE?
Supervising Sound Editor/Sound Designer

WHAT DOES THAT ENTAIL? 
I work with the filmmakers to create the best possible sound tracks for their movies. This involves making sure that the dialog is smooth and can be heard with clarity. It also involves adding sound effects and sound design to enhance their storytelling and then bringing it all together, along with music, on a mixing stage. Many directors feel that it’s their favorite part of the movie-making process.

WHAT WOULD SURPRISE PEOPLE THE MOST ABOUT WHAT FALLS UNDER THAT TITLE?
I recreate most of the sound in the movies that audiences hear. Most people think that sound is captured at the time of filming.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE JOB?
Bringing sound elements together and tying them to the screen by editing, mixing, panning and treating them with plug-ins, which processes the sounds with reverbs and a host of other fun treatments.

WHAT’S YOUR LEAST FAVORITE?
Sitting for hours and hours on end.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TIME OF THE DAY?
I seem to get more creative work done during the later parts of the day.

IF YOU DIDN’T HAVE THIS JOB, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING INSTEAD?
I would like to be writing something.

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CAN YOU NAME SOME PROJECTS YOU HAVE WORKED ON?
Frozen, Silver Linings Playbook, The Man With The Iron Fist, The Fighter.

NAME THREE PIECES OF TECHNOLOGY YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT.
A Macintosh computer, a sound recording device (Zoom recorder or Sound Devices with mics and my iPhone

WHAT SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS DO YOU FOLLOW?
Facebook


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