NAME: Mark Stoeckinger
COMPANY: West Hollywood’s Formosa Group.
CAN YOU DESCRIBE FORMOSA GROUP?
We are a group of post-production sound creators who came together because we love our craft and enjoy sharing ideas and collaborating together to bring our filmmakers unique and innovative ideas in sound.
WHAT’S YOUR JOB TITLE?
Supervising Sound Editor.
WHAT DOES THAT ENTAIL?
On a basic level my job is whatever the filmmakers want it to be as it relates to working with them to put sound in their film. It is both creative and logistical because I need to develop ideas and concepts in film sound and execute them. The execution can be in recording sounds, hiring creative talent, creating sounds and managing the process within a responsible budget.
WHAT WOULD SURPRISE PEOPLE THE MOST ABOUT WHAT FALLS UNDER THAT TITLE?
That there are a lot of logistics involved particularly on VFX-intensive films.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE JOB?
Making sounds. Either by recording them or making them or mixing them. I do love to “geek out “ over microphones, plug-ins, gear and other tools of the trade.
WHAT’S YOUR LEAST FAVORITE?
When the logistical needs begin to encroach on the creative part of the process.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TIME OF THE DAY?
Anytime of day where the creative people I’m collaborating with are all on the same page trying make something happen.
IF YOU DIDN’T HAVE THIS JOB, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING INSTEAD?
Architect or custom car builder.
CAN YOU NAME SOME PROJECTS YOU HAVE WORKED ON?
I am working on Million Dollar Arm (May 2014). Before that film, I worked on Walking With Dinosaurs 3D (and before that Iron Man 3.
NAME THREE PIECES OF TECHNOLOGY YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT.
Pro Tools, Pitch ‘n’ Time, Kontakt.
WHAT SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS DO YOU FOLLOW?
As little as humanly possible, since they are a huge time sink.