Harry Potter and the Editor of Sound: James Mather (London Special)

Whilst on holiday in England, I hopped on the train to Twickenham Studios, just outside London, to have a chat with James Mather, who was sound supervisor of the last four Harry Potter films as well as having worked on Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Clash of the Titans and countless others! James has been working in the British industry for decades now, and he was kind enough to invite me to his studio for an interview on the eve of 2019!

As you can see from the quality of the photos I did not have a generous friend with a good camera with me this time but James talked about some really interesting stuff including how they approached the changing tone of the Harry Potter franchise in the soundtrack, his methodology when editing action sequences and the potential impact of Brexit on the British industry.

Alfred Faber