Profiles of autodidacts

Perks for your Pledge: Short Doc about Richard Beggs and Motion Picture Soundtracks


I make short documentaries about self-taught learners who’ve followed an interest to success — charismatic people who have become experts in their field. Whatever the subject is that drew them in, that’s what I seek to learn more about. Once the film is made, I try to give it exposure by submitting it to film festivals and distributing it to nonprofits, ultimately to inspire viewers to pursue their own interests.

My current documentary is


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About the Film

Richard Beggs followed his interest in painting, classical music, and music recording, to work in sound for film. He received an Academy Award on his very first film, “Apocalypse Now.” As retirement looms, Richard shares insights from 40 years of experience of creating motion picture soundtracks. Among his unique contributions are his choice, throughout his career, to give women a gateway into a male-dominated field. A good film soundtrack is critical to a successful film experience, but few people know what goes into its creation. “Richard Beggs: A Sound Life” includes behind-the-scenes footage and candid interviews with award-winning film professionals such as Sofia Coppola, Barry Levinson, Walter Murch, Gary Rydstrom, Randy Thom, Lora Hirschberg, and Skip Lievsay who add to California’s rich film history about post-production sound for film.


IMG_7302Kristin Sherman Olnes, director of “Richard Beggs: A Sound Life.”


What’s Next

With production nearing completion, I’m currently accepting donations which will be put towards music licensing fees, sound and editing honorariums, DCP copies, and festival entries.

Ultimately, my film is intended to be screened, followed by discussion questions, at non-profits, particularly ones with film studies programs aimed at women and urban teens. Art museums wanting programming for their donors and adult audiences would benefit from it. Public libraries could make it available in their adult film series.

It’s a learning tool about an unknown aspect of filmmaking. It provides valuable, otherwise unavailable information, which will hopefully inspire diversity in a male-dominated field.

I’m really looking forward to sharing Richard Beggs’ masterful descriptions about his work and his sound life.

For people who want to make a tax-deductible donation to my film, scroll through the different pledge offerings below. Click the red donate button. You’ll be linked to the secure donation page of the San Francisco Study Center, the nonprofit organization managing the finances for the film.

“Richard Beggs: A Sound Life”

Crowdfunding Campaign


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Pledge $10 or more    Social Network

Please share my film updates with your social network. Receive a thank you on my website and a friends only (not public) thank you on Facebook. You’ll get project updates before anyone else.


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Thumbs Up

Pledge $25 or more

Thumbs up! Digital stream of the completed film “Richard Beggs: A Sound Life.” Plus all of the above. Estimated delivery, February 2019.



Movie Night and Discussion

Pledge $50 or more

A movie night and a discussion of the film “Richard Beggs: A Sound Life” is a unique way to have some fun with friends or a special someone. Watch a digital stream of the completed film and follow up with a list of discussion questions to provoke stimulating conversation; and receive project updates. Estimated delivery, February 2019.


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Pledge $100 or more    

Be a talent in the film. That’s means you’ll be interviewed for the film’s promotional materials for the film “Richard Beggs: A Sound Life.” Get an HD digital selfie with the director, a digital photo of the interview, a digital stream of the completed film, and project updates. Filming will take place in Oakland, CA. (Reward does not include travel. Location TBD and based on your availability, February-April, 2018). Estimated delivery, April 2019.


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    Cinema​ ​Laurel

  Pledge $200 or more

You deserve a cinema laurel. View a password-protected, private online screening of the director’s cut of the film “Richard Beggs: A Sound Life” before it’s public. You’ll have the option to provide your feedback to the director about the film — what is and what isn’t working. Plus, you’ll receive a digital stream of the completed film “Richard Beggs: A Sound Life,”and project updates. Estimated delivery, February 2019.


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  Red Carpet Treatment

Pledge $500 or more

Get the red carpet treatment including a special thank you in the credits of the film “Richard Beggs: A Sound Life”; plus a digital stream of the completed film “Richard Beggs: A Sound Life”; a live Q&A with the director via Facebook video chat or phone call; and project updates. Estimated delivery, February 2019.


Hollywood royalty

  Royalty Tour

Pledge $1,000 or more

You deserve a royalty tour with the director in San Francisco. (Reward does not include travel to San Francisco.) Get the director’s private driving/walking tour of locations in the film in legendary San Francisco neighborhoods like North Beach, Haight Ashbury, and the Presidio; take a walk to the middle of the Golden Gate Bridge. Plus all the above. Estimated delivery, February 2019.




Click the red button.

You’ll be taken to the secure donation page of the San Francisco Study Center.

Be sure to select my project from the drop down menu​:

Richard Beggs: A Sound Life

Thank you for your support​.  Your donation is tax deductible.

You’ll be contacted by email or by phone to discuss your pledge, if needed. Sharing this post with your friends and family is the best way to spread the word about my film and is much appreciated. Please follow ​Intrinsic Lifestyle Productions for updates.


3 Responses to “Perks for your Pledge: Short Doc about Richard Beggs and Motion Picture Soundtracks”

  1. Anne Turley

    Hi Kristin,
    If people are going to donate, shouldn’t there be a trailer they can watch? My friend Chris Reyna is the one who suggested Flight of the Valkyries to Francis for Apocalypse Now. You don’t have to license music of a certain period of time, because the old composers had never heard of residuals.
    Women in Film’s Chicks Chat would be a good place to post this.
    Did you notice the entire crew of RBG, including the composer, was made up of women? Now that’s the way to go!
    All the best to you and your endeavor.

    • Kristin Sherman Olnes

      Dear Anne,

      Thanks for dropping in. Your comments are intriguing. Yes, of course a trailer! It’s in the works. I decided to run my own crowdfunding campaign via my website before the trailer was completed. Raising money was required for a BAVC grant I worked very hard on but didn’t get unfortunately–although I’ve raised $ which is plus! I thought I had a good chance at that grant because it was aimed at newcomers, but they went with people who have already achieved success in previous work. Also, social justice films are primarily what is being funded and my film only meets that criteria indirectly, because my subject provided women a gateway into the male dominated field of post sound work, by only hiring and training female assistants for over forty years.

      I’ll definatly post information about “Richard Beggs: A Sound Life” on Women in Film’s ‘Chicks Chat’–once I have a trailer. It would be a great fit for #womenfilmmakers (one of my primary target audiences for the film). I’d love to discuss licensing music and clips, if you’re interested.

      I invite you to follow my blog or Social Media for updates. Twitter @A_Sound_Life and Facebook Page @RichardBeggsASoundLife


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