Emmy Award-Winning Graduate and 2010 Hall of Fame Inductee Marc Fishman Shares the Secrets of His Success

There are just around 20 crews in the world that mix sounds for major feature films, and Full Sail graduate Marc Fishman is apart of one of them. Unarguably, it is a distinct honor.

In addition to being inducted into the 2010 Graduate Hall of Fame on Monday, Marc sat down with a few students on Wednesday morning to share some insights and tips for producing top-notch sounds in movies.

With 20 years experience in Film Audio, Marc has worked as a Sound Re-Recording Mixer for feature films such as CrashSuperbad, and the recently released Get Him to the Greek, starring Russell Brand and Jonah Hill. Marc also won an Emmy for his work on the 2008 HBO series, John Adams.

With his name credited on 125-130 movies, Marc has distinct memories of each one and considers them “snapshots of my life,” he says.

During the session at Full Sail’s Dolby-approved Dubbing Stage, Marc got technical about film mixing—discussing ambient sound, reverbs, faders, and sound effects tracks. He also addressed the challenges of giving textures to voices and how each genre of film is mixed differently. For example, a horror film’s sound focuses on extended periods silence and unexpected beats to build suspense. On the other hand, a comedy doesn’t rely on surround sound, and the calibrations center around the performance, rhythm, and dialogue.

While continuing to stay humble and hard working, Marc’s words of wisdom reverberate with a sense of unwavering confidence and an attitude of “this is where I want to be.”