MPSE Wavelength

Winter 2023

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people that my dad helped in some way. I was at dinner once and this guy overheard me talking about my dad and he came up to thank me. He'd never met my dad but he always wanted to thank him for having something to do with getting him a job that paved the way to a great career. I thought that was so cool and thanked him for sharing the story with me. When I went to pay, I found out he had picked up my check. This kind of thing has happened a few times. My dad was always helping people get jobs. Because of that, I've made it my life mission to always help people if I could. That's how I have assembled my great crew that I work with today. My dad was a visionary and a dreamer, like me. My dad saw change coming to the industry and early on got on board with switching over to new technology. The change from 35mm film to the digital systems we have now didn't take too once it got started. MA: What were your early days of sound editing like? CC: Initially, I thought I wanted to be a picture editor and eventually a director. On my journey, I realized that there was 1 picture editor per feature, whereas in sound you had 5-10 editors. I eventually settled on sound as you know. In 1985, I started as a driver/ apprentice for my dad's editorial company, Rainbow Sound. Over time, I learned to run the transfer department. Eventually, I worked my way up to become a 1st assistant. We always had various editors working in-house. Many of them became my mentors. My dad, of course, my brother Sam, Randy Akerson, Beth Sterner, Jerry Davis, John Paul Jones and so many others. They all influenced me. I would always lean over their shoulders and watch what they were doing. Eric Boyd Perkins was a picture editor, ADR supervisor, and friend of Charlton "Chuck" Heston. He was also a good friend of my dad. Chuck's film, A Man for All Seasons was slated to come to Rainbow Sound. Eric hired me as a film apprentice. I was in before everyone and there after everyone left. It was so stressful sometimes that I wanted to quit but I stuck it out because it was also fun. One Saturday, while we were working on Chuck's film, he asked me to get a beer for each of us with lunch. I came back to the lot and he happened to be right under the water tower at Warner Bros. His cutting room was actually, one of the same rooms I ended up being a supervisor in many years later. He took each beer, popped the caps off with his keys and went, "Here, let's sit down." So we sat down and had a beer together. That was a really cool moment. Charlie's dad, Norval D. Crutcher II

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