[This is cross-posted from my sound design blog - soundsthatmove.org/blog - because it seemed like a 'perfect fit' for both entities.]
I asked myself the question, 'Why do I love working with sound to picture' today. It's a question that I ask myself fairly often, whether in times of exasperation or exaltation. My train of thought usually doesn't take me as far as to actually answer the question. Today, however, I got a little further. I realised that what I love about this part of my work is that I get to solve a puzzle. The kind of puzzle where for me the answer is always the same (success), but comes loaded with so many, many different qualifications, contexts, conditions, and unique flavours
So is it the element of puzzle-solving that has me hooked? Perhaps it's the same reason why I love detective stories? Who knows, but the fact of the matter is that constructing a language that will exist only for that film, decoding the language of that film, finding the path from darkness to light, bringing others along with me and being brought along by them; that is why I love working with sound for film.