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“Did You Hear That?” Sound Design Virtual Panel

Wednesday, July 15 at 4pm CT
Free RSVP here: https://bit.ly/IDSound0715
Zoom instructions will then be sent on July 15.
Co-presented between the Chicago Film Office and Chicago International Film Festival’s Industry Days.

Sound, says legendary editor Walter Murch, “is a very powerful tool for telling your story…. [It] places the image in a physical and emotional context.” But how exactly do sound designers, editors, and mixers make an impact on visual storytelling? In this virtual public conversation, organized around the “Year of Chicago Music,” Chicago-based sound professionals will discuss their strategies, methods, and creative impulses in combining sound with image as well as the challenges and strategies for working under Covid-19 conditions.


Mary Kay Cook, Moderator (I Used to Go Here), Award-Winning Film Producer and Midwest Film Festival’s President of the Advisory Council.
Victoria Salazar
 (Girl on the Third Floor), Sound Editor and Location Audio Lead at NoiseFloor LTD..
Drew Weir (Knives and Skin, Drinking Buddies), Sound Designer, Re-Recording Mixer, and Editor at Another Country.
Kayo Williams (This Time), Sound Mixer, Sound Designer, and Film Composer at KAYQUARII PRODUCTIONS.
John Wong (Come As You Are), Senior Sound Designer and Re-Recording Mixer at Periscope Post & Audio.

Panelist bios:

Mary Kay Cook (Moderator) is an award-winning independent film producer, with credits spanning multiple mediums, including features, documentaries, short films, and web series. Her work has been featured at international film festivals, domestic theaters, on television, and online. She recently won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Arts & Entertainment Programming, and is featured on Newcity’s FILM 50 List. Current projects include the feature film I USED TO GO HERE (SXSW 2020), tv episodic EMILY IN PARIS (Paramount), and short film LONG RIDE HOME (Cleveland International Film Festival 2020). Mary Kay also serves as the Midwest Film Festival’s President of the Advisory Council. Connect and learn more at marykaycook.com.

Victoria Salazar is Location Audio Lead and Sound Editor at NoiseFloor LTD.

Victoria’s passion for audio has grown deeper and her storytelling has blossomed since she joined the NoiseFloor team in 2017. With her extensive knowledge of recorders and wireless systems she brings her years of technical and creative skills to each and every set, such as Elders of the Internet, Alka-Seltzer, Scutly, and many more.

Using her expertise in location audio, she started NoiseFloors’ custom sound effects department, where she has been cultivating and curating one of a kind sound libraries for NoiseFloor and it’s clientele. Releasing complete collections of sound effects like The Jeep Trackhawk and capturing the classic sound of a Big Wheel, she is always adding depth and diversity to NoiseFloor SFX.

Photo by Sally Blood

Drew Weir has been working in audio post production for 25 years as an editor, sound designer, and re-recording mixer for feature films, television, and commercials. He began his career in New York working at the internationally renowned Chiat/Day advertising and now he resides at Chicago’s Another Country Audio.

Weir has designed and mixed more than 50 film and television projects including Knives and Skin, Drinking Buddies, Princess Cyde, Porto, and Academy Award nominated Best Documentary Feature – Abacus. In 2013 he received a Motion Picture Sound Editors Guild nomination for – Best Sound Editing, Documentary Feature for The Interrupters. Highlights of his commercial credits include Rocket Mortgage – Comfortable, Always – Like a Girl, and Budwiser – Harry Caray’s Last Call.

Drew is drawn to the art of sound design and mixing because of the unique way it reaches the audience. Every element of the sound track tells the story and can engage the audience on a deep level, making an emotional connection.

Kayo (Ky-yo) Williams, is a Film Sound Mixer, Sound Designer and Film Composer at Kayquarii Productions.

His career in film sound can only be described as a never-ending journey of discovery. Over the years, his company Kayquarii Productions has proudly worked on notable projects across the country, ranging from independent A&E networks concept pilots to award winning documentaries and indie features. Aside from his professional aspirations, he’s actively contributed as an industry thought leader through affiliations within Chicago Ideas Week, University of Chicago, Google’s Lake FX Summit (one of the largest Midwest Summit for artists and creatives), Chicago Union League Civic Arts Jazz Foundation among others.

In 2019 his film compositions were awarded entrance into the New Orleans Film Society Film Music initiative for composers.

John Wong is the senior sound designer and a re-recording mixer at Periscope Post & Audio.  He’s been in the film industry for over 15 years involved with all facets of audio in film, tv shows, web series, and others.  He was recognized as one of the top 50 film people to know in Chicago by Newcity magazine.

Some of John’s credits includes being the supervising sound editor and re-recording mixer on the Showtime television show “Work in Progress”, and award winning films like “Come As You Are”, “POOH: The Derrick Rose Story”, “Signature Move”,”Finding Yingying, and other films like “Teacher” staring David Dastmalchian and Kevin Pollak.  Being in Chicago, John has earned some recognition in the commercial industry as well with his work for a BMW Golf spot, Red Bull video, and Formula 1 Racing spot.

Event Information

Wednesday, July 15, 2020
4:00pm – 5:00pm

Chicago Intl. Film Festival Zoom

Free panel


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