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Ben Tolliday

Year of Award: 2016 Award State: Queensland Arts - Performing > Music
Multimedia > Television And Film
To undertake professional development in the field of film score recording and mixing - USA, UK
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Project Description

To broaden my experience and skills as a film score mix engineer with Alan Meyerson as my mentor.
Alan invited me to observe recording sessions for two major studio film scores:

  • Thor: Ragnarok (composed by Mark Mothersbaugh) at Abbey Road Studios, London.
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (composed by Henry Jackman) at Sony Studios, Los Angeles

Following these recording sessions, I edited orchestra and choir recordings alongside Forest Christenson
(assistant film score engineer), and shadowed Alan during his mixing sessions at Remote
Control Productions, Los Angeles.

In addition, I observed two days of score production with engineer Michael Farrow for a forthcoming
Coen brothers film, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (composed by Carter Burwell) at Sear Sound and
The Body Studio, New York.

My goal is to bring these skills back to Australia, disseminate my findings among tertiary institutions
and industry associations through seminars and speaking engagements. I plan to write articles for
industry publications, and apply these skills to Australian films. Ultimately, I hope to grow our film
score industry to better compete on an international level.

Knowledge travels slowly in creative industries. To help speed up the process, I propose:

  • Federal, state and local government funding investments in similar mentorship grant programs
  • with industry professionals. It takes time to forge these types of mentor-mentoree relationships, but
  • the benefits are immediate and could be far-reaching for Australian sound engineers (whose global
  • reputation is growing ever stronger thanks to our strong work ethic and positive attitude).
  • Greater financial support for industry forums (like Bigsound) to disseminate information and expertise
  • from industry-leading recording professionals.
  • Tax incentives to attract foreign film score production to Australia.
  • Investment by government and private entities to establish specialised music score production
  • facilities.


Keywords: Film Score, Engineer, Mixing, Recording, Orchestra, Microphones, Preamps

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