Hello Stage 32 community, I hope your days are long, and nights are pleasant. I wanted to share this article from sound veteran Jerry Ross. It's fairly parenthetical to all things related to working in the film industry past, and present. There were a few things that stood out to me, and one being about maintaining a long relationship with "clients" namely directors, film editors, producers, etc. This is such a vital aspect of maintaining a career in this industry, so simply just following up with past clients is important, but also making sure you make a strong impression within the collaboration, and delivered product. Maintaining clients is natural, and organic, so treating their creative product as your own will definitely help you maintain a strong, and long relationship.
Jerry pointed out how most films today are no longer "stylish" and I can agree on this wholeheartedly. He's worked on many films that flopped, but also worked on Apocalypse Now, Big, The Walking Dead, and Billy Madison just to name a few. With his experience over the years, he has learned that breaching the parameters of the norm, and stop grabbing from libraries, and create your own sounds. For example, the bullets whizzing SFX in Saving Private Ryan was from a fly fishing reel that was used at the lake at Skywalker ranch. This is thinking in the abstract, and being creative. Star Wars is a nice example of this, specifically the laser sound effects being a slinky that was tapped over and over again, and recorded. Sometimes it's it is planned, and sometimes it is a lucky accident. Creating these abstract ideas with develop a "style" of your own. Interestingly enough, I learned this from watching/listening to David Lynch's films, and his TV series Twin Peaks.
Learn from the masters of the abstract! Check out this article, and feel free to post what stood out to you.