After receiving a BFA in Cinematography in 1989, I moved from Tucson, Arizona, to San Francisco and landed a job at American Zoetrope. I received an MFA in Museum Education in 1992 and then homeschooled our three kids, K-8, which exposed me to the merits of self-directed learning.
Kids grown, I taught myself the new digital technology and produced my first film, “Steve Shirley Shark Tagger.” The 11-minute film was an official selection in four film festivals and screened for school groups, at nature centers and at Marine World.
I’ve been working on my current documentary, “A Sound Life,” film ’20, for three years. Richard 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 from over 40 years of experience 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. Among Richard’s unique contributions are his choice, throughout his career, to give women a gateway into a male-dominated field.
“A Sound Life” film ’20 aims to demystify Richard Beggs’ sound designer / mixer profession. A good film soundtrack is critical to a successful film experience, but audiences, film students and even many directors know very little about what goes into its creation. Ultimately, the film will be screened, followed by discussion questions, in media studies programs, particularly those aimed at women and inner-city teens. I’m hoping it will inspire diversity in a male-dominated field.
At Intrinsic Lifestyle Productions, my documentaries are about self-taught learners who’ve followed an interest to success — charismatic people who have become experts in their field, ultimately to inspire viewers to pursue their own interests.
Follow my blog for updates about “A Sound Life.” Click the blue wordpress bar on the right column of my home page which says “Follow Intrinsic Lifestyle Productions.” There’s more to come…