If you ever wondered why jackass the movie sounded so much better than jackass the TV show on MTV, it's because we hired professional mixer Cordell Mansfield to do the job. That was 2002 and he's been with us ever since through thick and thin. Now, for the first time ever in the history of the written word (actually this isn't true, he once had an interview in some random ass magazine devoted to the profession of sound and those who record it), the man who is usually the most quiet on set gets a chance to speak and make sounds all of his own in this revelatory interview by Rick Kosick. Bonus! This interview features the first ever use of pull quotes on the GORILLA FLICKS blog. Congratulations, Cordell! Not only are you the most handsome crew member but you're an inspiration to us all—a real Canadian wind beneath our wings.
RK: I called to talk with you about your career as a soundman.
CM: Well, what do you want to know?
How did you get started doing sound for TV and film productions?
I kind of stumbled into it. A buddy of mine that I grew up with, the day after school was done he moved out to Hollywood. He wanted to be an actor and started doing some extra work. He was on a Disney movie as an extra for a couple of months and he made friends with the sound mixer. Then he stated working with him. I came out a couple years after that and started working with him, carrying cases and driving trucks. He thought me how to do it and I did one job and never had go apply for another job again… the phone never stops ringing.