From the Editors

Director George Lucas once said, “Sound is 50 percent of the moviegoing experience.” Danny Boyle, Director of Steve Jobs says, “The truth is, for me, it’s obvious that 70, 80 percent of a movie is sound. You don’t realize it because you can’t see it.” Documentarian Michael Moore at the recent PGA “Produced By: New York” said, “I tell students that sound is more important than pictures. The audience will forgive you if an image is a little blurry but not if they can’t hear or understand what’s going on. Sound carries the story.”

So which is it?

As members of Local 695, naturally we believe that our contribution to the product is extremely important. However, to quote Local President Mark Ulano CAS AMPS, “We are players in the orchestra.” The result we provide is only one part of the entire process and developing a good relationship with every department goes a long way in how successful our careers will be in delivering top quality.

The contributors in this edition of the 695 Quarterly explore the means of obtaining excellence and collaboration. Willie Burton CAS demonstrates that attitude in “Straight Outta Compton.” In “Television’s Dirtiest Word,” Doc Justice gives us an inside look into reality television. Ric Teller shows us the world of an “A2” in “Keep Calm and Make a Patch” and Devendra Cleary CAS gives the Grip Department a little love in “Grips to the Rescue.” And I get technical with “Dante Explained.”

Happy reading.

Fraternally yours,
Eric Pierce, Richard Lightstone and Mark Ulano