Back in college, I used to study film. The irony of film school is that just about everybody and their brothers could operate a camera and capture beautiful imagery. But nobody knew anything about recording audio because nobody cared enough about it. Audio was a natural passion of mine. My father had always told me that the first time he had to swat my hand as a baby was when I'd try to play with his record collection. The best attitude a film student could have was to crew as many sets as he/she could. Because of my passion for sound, I became a really solid sound guy -- the only one in our department. I ended up getting to work on a ton of shoots because I was the go-to audio guy. I was always running the recorder or operating the shotgun mic or both. That's something that really changed my perspective in terms of listening and hearing. Many of the actors and actresses who worked on these movies were incredible at their craft. I gained an entirely new appreciation for that by being a sound guy. If I was manning the recorder, I'd crawl into a corner off camera. I'd close my eyes and visualize the movie in my head. It felt like a narrative radio show from the 1930s/40s. Our audio teacher had always swore to us that of all of our senses, hearing was the one that was most tightly integrated into our emotions. I pleasantly got to experience that when I worked the recorder. Something about denying yourself sight and simply hearing the talent speak to you intimately through a headset -- That was the truest movie magic I have ever experienced.