Mark Hailstone is a professional sound designer best known for his work on Geostorm (2017), The Librarians (2014) and Leverage (2008). He’s also a devoted Reformer Pro user so kindly took the time to put together this fascinating video which offers a brief glimpse into his sonic universe using the software for sci-fi sound effects creation:
To accompany this video, we wanted to find out more about the man himself so asked him some questions.
Can you tell us a bit about how you got into sound design?
I’ve always been obsessed with sound. My first recorder was a Talkboy (a portable variable-speed cassette player and recorder) and after hearing Star Wars and Jurassic Park in theaters at age 13, I knew I had a path to follow.
What’s your favourite sound?
Pickles. Yes, Pickles. That’s the name of my basset hound. He makes the funniest, most delicious sounds.
What’s been your proudest achievement to date so far, or the project you’ve enjoyed working on the most?
I’m very proud of The Librarians. The fourth season especially had tons of fun opportunities to get creative and help tell stories with sound. The finale takes place in a dystopian reality devoid of colours and flavours. The sound design pays tribute to Eraserhead.
Any interesting projects you’ve been working on recently?
I had the pleasure of working on a film called Bad Samaritan. After playing back certain scenes, I’d notice that my heart was beating out of my chest. It’s a very intense thriller!
How has Reformer Pro contributed to your studio workflow?
Reformer Pro has made it easy to pick up a microphone and perform a sound. I can create the exact movements and rhythms I need, saving time on editing.
Are there any particular Reformer Pro libraries that you’ve found useful in your work?
The electronic library is a lot of fun. In this past season of The Librarians, I had to quickly create a palette of glitch sounds. With the help of the Electronic library, I was able to produce a wide variety of happy accidents.
And finally, what’s the most valuable piece of advice you would pass on to those starting out in your field?
Meet as many people in the industry as you can, share your ideas and techniques with them. Create a culture of collaboration with your peers that fosters creativity.