Over the past twenty years, Dominic Gibbs has supervised the sound on a multitude of Hollywood movie blockbusters including Edge of Tomorrow, Legend, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Wrath of the Titans. Having just set him up with a new Avid Pro Tools | S3, we hung around and tried to wrangle a few free tips from one of the busiest and most successful sound supervisors around…
Please can you tell us a little about your work and what your company does?
We provide sound supervision and editorial services to the feature film industry. This has included work on a large variety of both independent and studio pictures.
Along with my team of experienced editors, we supply sound effects, design, backgrounds, foley, dialogue and ADR to help build a dynamic and unique soundtrack to each project we undertake.
What does the role of sound supervisor involve?
I manage and supervise the creation of the film’s soundtrack. I begin by meeting with the creative minds behind the movie to discuss any ideas they might have for the soundtrack, and to try and build a concept for how they would like the movie to sound when it’s finished.
Throughout the editorial process, I work closely with the director and picture editor to ensure that my team are working towards the same collective goal. I will also spend time designing sounds for the film, and working with each department within the sound team.
What projects have you worked on in the last few years?
Since 2014 I have supervised Edge Of Tomorrow (Warner Bros), The Man From U.NC.L.E. (Warner Bros), Legend (Working Title) and Takedown (Pinewood Pictures). I’m currently working on Guy Richie’s Knights of the Round Table.
You have just installed a new control surface. Why did you decide on the Avid S3?
Our typical sessions are fairly large, so the S3 offers a great level of control in a reasonably compact surface. VCA spills and custom layouts fit well into navigating through our FX sessions.
You have also installed a new Mac Pro based Pro Tools | HDX system. Do you have any particular favourite features of the new setup?
The new bounce features in Pro Tools 12 allow us to quickly export versions for each other and for the cutting room. Updates to the Mac make it easy to set up three or four displays, without the need for any additional video cards.
What are the main benefits you’ve seen with the new system?
The Pro Tools| HDX/Mac Pro setup is a really quick system, so I’m rarely left waiting for much.
Does it allow you to take on anything your couldn’t before?
I don’t like to run massive sessions, but this system is much more stable than previous versions, which to me is far more important than the track count.
Any kind words for our team in Soho?
Jigsaw24 have always been a pleasure to deal with, they are well known for being the ‘go to’ guys in the post-production industry when it comes to system design and equipment supply – most of my team are customers of theirs too.
If you’d like to book a hands-on demo of the Avid S3, all you need to do is get in touch with our team at firstname.lastname@example.org. To find out more about our sound for picture solutions, get in touch on 03332 409 285 or at audio@Jigsaw24.com.