theCameraClass

with award winning documentary team tony wilson and leo sullivan

LEO SULLIVAN - SOUND RECORDIST

leo checking out the radio mic set-up on a PD150
leo demonstrating the mic pick-up pattern

MORE THAN THIRTY YEARS EXPERIENCE

With more than 30 years experience in the Australian Film and Television industry, Leo Sullivan has a vast body of work as an editor, director, producer, sound mixer, camera operator and Australian Film Television and Radio School lecturer. However, Sullivan is best known for his expertise as a location sound recordist.

At The Camera Class, Sullivan provides expert tips on how best to handle common sound problems with the equipment available. He also discusses essential recording strategies to handle even the most demanding location sound problems.

UNIQUE CHALLENGES

Unlike feature work, documentaries present unique challenges for sound recordists, requiring unwavering attention to the action as it unfolds. As Leo Sullivan teaches, there's often only one chance to capture what's happening, requiring flexibility and split-second decision making.

Sullivan has worked with a large range of equipment in both image and sound recording. His experience with digital cameras ensures valuable advice for students at the Camera Class, especially for solo operators capturing both sound and vision themselves.

LEO SULLIVAN - CREDITS

Leo Sullivan has worked on international and Australian productions with many accomplished directors. His drama credits include Sweetie (Jane Campion), The Sum of Us (Geoff Burton and Kevin Dowling) and Dating the Enemy (Megan Simpson Huberman).

In late 2005 Leo (along with Audio Loc) won an AFI award for Best Sound in a non-feature category for his work on Vietnam Symphony (director Tom Zubrycki).

Vietnam Symphony also won the Best Achievement in Sound for a documentary from industry peers in the 2005 Australian Screen Sound Guild Awards.

Remembering Rain, also recorded by Leo, was nominated in the same category.