Crew Spotlight on Sound Recordist: DANNY CROWLEY
For our new ‘Spotlight’ profile feature, focusing on some of the many hugely talented and experienced crew involved in the film industry in Cork, Film in Cork caught up with all-round sound man Danny Crowley.
So Danny, how did you end up in the film business?
My first job in the film business was as a sound department trainee on War of the Buttons in West Cork (1994), then there was the doomed Divine Rapture and it spiralled from there!
Can you tell us a bit about what your job entails?
My Job title is Production Sound Mixer, I’m responsible for recording the best sound possible on set, which primarily means the recording of actors’ lines and performance but includes atmospheres, live music, effects etc. I have a team consisting of boom operators and sound assistants. Without their skills, it would be impossible.
What do you love most about your job?
I love the variety of experiences it allows. I have worked all over the world and in incredible places from submarines to helicopters, jungles to deserts. But the people who work in this industry are truly what makes it – they’re a breed onto their own.
What’s the most challenging thing about your role?
NIGHT SHOOTS! The hours and environments we work in can really test you, but there is a certain sense of achievement that comes with surviving them. I worked in Bucharest on a horror film once that had 5 weeks of night in torrential rain – it nearly broke the crew.
What have been some of the highlights of your career?
I have been lucky to work with many amazing artists and auteurs. Nothing beats the sense of awe you get on the first job, the realisation you couldn’t possibly work in any other industry. Highlights? High speed car chases around Rome with Tom Hanks, every day working with Shane Meadows, and being part of Game of Thrones pushing the creative boundaries of the industry to new heights.
What advice would you give to people hoping to get into your field?
Say yes to everything, you can never have enough experience. But know your value.
And finally…the three best things about Cork?
Home. Friends. Beauty