Interviews Maniacts Sound Effects Editor Joseph Tsai
July 29, 2002
us a bit about yourself, and your work.
am currently a production assistant for Bruce Stambler at Soundstorm
in Burbank, California. We just finished the
sound for "XXX," which we started working on in February.
Personally I am trying to work my way up to be a union (Motion
Picture Editors Guild) sound effects editor, which is probably
still a couple years away for me. I keep myself busy cutting sound
on a lot of USC [University of Southern California] student films
- it was at USC film school where I really got into creating sound
did you get the job for Maniacts?
the summer of 2001 I called and visited as many post-production
houses in Los Angeles as I could, inquiring about work. I met
an extremely cool guy named Michael Sable at Mix Magic in Hollywood.
I showed him my demo reel and we hit it off. He didn't have any
work for me immediately, but then in November 2001 he called me
and asked if I wanted to cut on a feature for him. I jumped at
the opportunity, as I had never cut on a feature before.
exactly were your duties as Sound Effects Editor?
basically cut all of the sound effects in the film except for
gun shots and cars - the Supervising Sound Editor Matthias Schmitz
cut those elements as well as the dialogue. I got to have a lot
of fun with the gory scenes, as any sound editor would.
did the job differ from previous work?
didn't really differ from my previous experience cutting sound,
I had cut several student films before this one. Only major difference
was the length of the film and the paycheck.
Did you have the chance to meet Kellie at all?
I did. The ADR [Automated Dialogue Replacement] for the film was
shot at Mix Magic while I was cutting sound effects in the room
next door. I happened to meet Kellie when she was taking a short
breather from ADR. I introduced myself and told her what my job
was on the film. I remember saying to her, "I've been seeing
your face all day for the past couple of weeks." She quickly
replied, "Oh, I'm sorry..." in the cute way you would
imagine. Kellie was really perky and fun, she was clearly having
a blast. Thank goodness she wasn't too "Hollywood" to
talk to a young crew member.
Any word when Maniacts will come to video?
guess is as good as mine. I've been trying to find out as well,
but nothing on the Internet seems to have a concrete answer. I
emailed Lions Share Pictures and they replied saying to expect
it "Later this year." Mix Magic also doesn't seem to
have a firm answer. Supposedly it was getting a theatrical release,
so we'll have to wait and see.