Academy Award-nominated designers Milly Iatrou Morgan and Ai-Ling Lee share indispensable advice for those looking to make a career of sound.
Not many people with an interest in film have the direction to start pursuing sound at an early point in their career. It seems, rather, that through working on various projects they come to realize how powerful a tool sound really is and fall head over heels in love. If it's early enough in their career, there's plenty of work to be found and no turning back.
For Milly Iatrou Morgan and Ai-Ling Lee, this was certainly the case. All it took was a simple choice followed by years of dedication to find their way as two of the biggest sound designers in the industry today. Their latest collaboration is Damien Chazelle's First Man, one of the biggest movies of the year in both popularity and scale.
The film, which tells the story of Neil Armstrong's ascent to the moon, is densely layered with filmic tricks that when combined together create a wholly immersive experience for the audience. And while much fuss has been made over the project's expansive visuals, it would truly be nothing without the genius sound work of these two individuals.
I sat down with the pair at TIFF to discuss how they first decided to enter the business, gathering libraries of sound over the years and their collaboration in post with director and composer on what will surely go down in history as one of cinema's greatest space stories.