Since I left university and landed my first job as a sound assistant on BBC's Casualty (which happened to be filming outside my door) I've loved working on film sets. In more recent years I've moved away from big drama shoots to smaller corporate and commercial shoots. I love the autonomy of being in charge of my own department and I take pride in delivering high quality audio in creative ways.
POST PRODUCTION SOUND
From being a young teenager I've always edited audio and music using computer software. After my Masters degree I gained more and more experience working with film sound rather than music and switched to Pro Tools. Since then I've created sound tracks for many animations, commercials and short films.
As a teenager I already knew that I loved writing music more than playing it. I did a music degree at City University in London which gave a varied grounding in playing and understanding 'world' music (my dissertation focused on the music of Senegal and Gambia), music to picture and composing. I went on to do a Masters in Composition for Film and TV at the University of Bristol. At the time only 6 students per year were selected to take part which made it a prestigious qualification. Composing still feeds into my work, however - I often find music and music edit for videos I'm mixing.
You can hear some of the music I've written here: https://soundcloud.com/lauracoatesfilmscore
For several years I have taught on the UWE undergraduate programme Filmmaking BA(Hons). I also spent some time filling in as a technical assistant in the studios there a few years ago. I love teaching sound to film students.