Morgan SamuelSound Engineer
Bachelor of Media Arts – Honours (Commercial Music pathway)
Awards: MPSE Golden Reel Award for The Adventures of Tintin
Fourteen years on, Samuel’s CV includes work on films such as District 9, The Lovely Bones, 30 Days of Night, and the three Hobbit films, with Park Road Post and Marmalade Audio. He also won a MPSE Golden Reel Award for ‘Best Sound Editing on an Animated Feature’ on Spielberg's ‘The Adventures of Tintin’.
Back when he was at Wintec specialising in music production, Samuel acquired a taste for working with film sound. “The third year was a really cool one because I blossomed, in a way, and had all the support to do so.”
A postgraduate Honours year beckoned after the degree, and then Samuel headed to Wellington, inspired by the Lord of The Rings films. “I thought, if they can make that in New Zealand, then I want in on it. So away I went, with this crazy idea in my head that I might somehow infiltrate the Peter Jackson camp.”
The crazy idea came off - Samuel got lucky, he says. “A Media Arts tutor put me in touch with someone on the inside of that network. Over the next ten years I went from doing a couple of jobs to being fully employed on the Hobbit films and others.”
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