Oxford Audio graduate joins Pinewood Studios

26 Jan 2017

SAE is proud to watch the rise and rise of former Oxford student Ryan Green. Since graduating with a BA in Audio Production, the skilled sound specialist has worked on a variety of high profile films for Pinewood Studios.  SAE recently caught up with the talented alumnus to hear more about his incredible journey.

Welcome Ryan and thank you for taking the time to chat with us. Tell us how it all began - have you always been hooked on audio?

Yeah from a young age I was always playing in bands and then as I got older I got more interested in the actual recording side. So I started recording demos of my own stuff and then my friends’ bands, and it all kicked off from there really.

And that led you to SAE?

So I studied a foundation degree first because I took some time out of education and was working before going to SAE Oxford.  And then from there I started off doing a lot of freelance work. I predominantly worked in music production, but as I progressed in my degree I got more interested in audio post-production, which has led me down the path to where I am now.  

Tell us more about it and how it came about.

Towards the end of SAE I started working in a studio where I was in charge of doing audiobooks. One of the books I worked on was a law publication by a guy called Peter Rouse whose firm represented Mars, so that was quite big. It was released over here and in America, which was pretty cool. Following that I began working on an interactive website which teaches English as a foreign language, so that had a lot of dialogue in it too. After honing my skills at those studios I had an interview and got a job as a freelance dialogue editor at Pinewood.

That’s fantastic. Tell us more about your role at Pinewood.

At Pinewood I work in international versioning. So the department I’m in works on a range of feature films being prepared for cinematic release.  All the dialogue comes in and my job is to edit those dialogues which then go on to be mixed in 5.1 or 7.1. Depending on the film and the release, several regional versions are created with up to 40 different languages or six different languages if it’s a smaller project.  

Wow. Can you tell us some of the films you’ve worked on?

I really wish I could, but unfortunately, I’m not allowed to.

So what’s been the highlight of your career so far?

It was really cool, for one of the major Hollywood studio films, I was asked to edit the entire German version. So that was a pretty proud moment, because depending on how the reels come in we won’t work solely in one language. So I could do several reels of different languages. It’s quite a fast turnover, so it was pretty unique to do that one particular film in German.

Indeed. Have you picked up some of the languages?

It’s very unusual, because I don’t actually speak any of the languages. But after you spend time working with them you start to learn with certain languages how the sync works and what works and what doesn’t. But it is very fast paced, because sometimes with some of the releases we have a week turnover incorporating six to eight languages. So they come to us, we edit them and they have to be in perfect condition.

It sounds really demanding.

Well we do everything from walla in the background to the main dialogue and sometimes we have to source things if it’s missing. There are also a lot of quality checks too, particularly with the big studios. So it is a very fast-paced work environment.  

But you love it?

Yeah, it’s great. To come out of SAE and get a job at Pinewood doing dialogue editing is the dream job.

That’s awesome, and do you think you’ll stay in editing long-term?

I think eventually I’d like to cross over to mix tech. The editing is really good and it’s very technical. I like that. But I think maybe I’d like to expand into the mixing side. I guess we’ll have to see really, because it’s still early days. I finished at SAE in August and then started my job in the end of September, so it was a quick turn around.

You’ve done incredibly well. Do you have any side projects on the go?

For my dissertation I made a short horror film. I did the directing, I got a team to film it, and I did all the sound in post in 5.1. Since then I’ve carried on making short films on top of my work at Pinewood. I have that as a creative project with my friends. I’ve actually just finished the mix for a short we’ve done. We’re finishing it up today so that should be out soon.

We can’t wait to see it! Given how far you’ve come in such a short timeframe, is there any advice you have for students studying Audio?

Take advantage of the studios they have at SAE, particularly the surround sound studios and the Pro Tool HD systems, because what I’ve found is you really need to know Pro Tools really well, especially with post-production with all the routing and working in surround. You also need to build your portfolio and get as much experience as you can, while you’ve got the facilities there to use them and build up a showreel.  

You can follow Ryan’s journey by visiting his website.