After receiving a BFA in Cinematography from the University of Arizona in 1989, I moved from Tucson to San Francisco to work for the best independent filmmaker I knew of. I landed a job at Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope. I worked as a lowly receptionist there but learned a lot about the film business during the making of “Godfather III.” I went a different direction though.
In 1992, I received an MFA in Museum Education from John F. Kennedy University. Later, I committed to homeschooling our three kids, Kindergarten through eighth grade, a process which took about twenty years. Due to homeschooling, the merits of self-directed learning now obvious to me, I decided to invest in my own interest to become an independent filmmaker.
Kids grown, I taught myself the new digital film technology and produced my first short doc, “Steve Shirley Shark Tagger.” The 11-minute film was an official selection in four film festivals. It was screened for school groups as well as adult audiences; at nature centers; and it was featured in a six-month shark exhibit at Marine World.
I’ve been working on my current documentary, “A Sound Life” film for almost four years. It’s a profile of Richard Beggs, a sound designer / mixer for Hollywood films for forty-two years. Beggs followed his interest in painting, classical music, and music recording, to work in post production sound for film. He received an Academy Award on his very first film, “Apocalypse Now.” As retirement looms, Beggs shares insights about creating motion picture soundtracks. The film 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 in locations around the country.
“A Sound Life” aims to demystify and illuminate Beggs’ film sound profession. A motion picture soundtrack is critical to a successful film experience, but audiences, film students and many directors know very little about what goes into its creation.
The name of my blog and my film company is called Intrinsic Lifestyle Productions. It’s basically ‘me’ working out of a sod roof root cellar in our lot in Oakland on my passion film “A Sound Life,” which has The San Francisco Study Center as a fiscal sponsor.
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