For our first ever “Friends of Kickstart” feature, we wanted to put a spotlight on someone who always makes us sound amazing: sound designer & composer Mark Dolmont!
Mark has been working as a supervising sound editor, designer, re-recording mixer and composer for the film, animation & game industries since 2006. His Main St. studio is one of our favorite places to hang as he works with us to develop the unique sounds of our characters, props and landscapes.
You can find Mark's work at his website!
Without further ado, here are Mark’s answers to our hard-hitting interview questions:
What's your favourite colour combination?
RED, PURPLE & BLACK
Can you think of a particular piece of media that inspired you to become an artist?
This is tricky because generally my relationship to the world at large is what inspires my sound and music work. I suppose it’d be some accumulative effect of 80’s cartoons and films like Hook (1991) and Batman (1989) as played from worn out VHS tapes.
What have been the high points of your career so far?
1. Opening my very own studio in Vancouver BC
2. Getting to go to Skywalker Ranch
3. Being asked to design a sound like “a high powered meat gatling gun” during work on the Fruit Ninja series
What do you most want to improve in your work?
Every aspect, all of the time, forever!
I don’t believe potential is something that can be reached.
What's your idea of a perfect Sunday?
Being on or in an ocean with my wife and son. Pie. Beer.
What was your most memorable non-animation job?
Probably designing and mixing the feature film Modern Classic with 2 of my oldest friends in the world as director and composer
You’re stuck on a desert island with a laptop and a USB stick containing the entirety of one cartoon - what show is it?
All 29 years of the satiric adventures of a working-class family in the misfit city of Springfield
Pick three cartoon characters that describe your personality
Mowgli, Jack Skellington & Wile E. Coyote
What’s a piece of media you’ve consumed lately (tv, movie, music, podcast, etc) that has inspired you to create?
I’m finding lots of artistically inspiring stuff in the motion design community, specifically on Motionographer.com. Shorts like Scavengers by Joseph Bennett, The Future by Greg Shape and Truba, Intra by by Thomas Vanz…. loads of cool art on there.
What are you listening to?
Nature / sound recordings at about 10% of their original speed and pitch
Francis Bebey - Psychedelic Sanza (1982-1984)
King Krule - The OOZ (2017)
Matthewdavid - A Meditation on Events (2016)
Bad Brains - Self Titled (1982)
Tom Tom Club - Self Titled (1981)