“Music has been a part of my life for my whole life and I didn’t realize that most kids don’t grow up with that kind of music exposure.”
Filmmakers who understand sound and why sound is essential to their production are a favorite topic on the Audio Branding Podcast. I’m excited to introduce the co-founder and lead producer for Wewa Films, a company specializing in heartfelt, cinematic video stories. In addition to being co-founder of Wewa Films, he’s also a college professor, teaching public relations writing, persuasion, and public speaking at Florida State University. He’s produced videos nationwide for high-profile clients, including McDonald’s, the Federal Highway Administration, Florida’s Great Northwest, and the Children’s Advocacy Center. In addition to video, Kevin also creates written content and has published articles for The Washington Post, Desktop Documentaries, Business Energy Magazine, and Public Roads.
Why Audio is as Essential as Visuals in Filmmaking
“The audio is easily, equally as important as the video in filmmaking,” says Kevin. His earliest memories of sound made a strong impression on him as a child, listening to his dad’s sermons.
His father was a minister in the Air Force, better known as a Chaplain, and he remembers hearing his father “professionally speaking once a week” during his sermons. While his dad was talking, his words would be backed up by music. Whether it was the choir or instrumentals, he remembers having exposure to many different sounds. “The overlay and interplay of voice gives certain effects to the sound and it was fascinating.”
Raised as a “Music Kid”
Starting piano lessons at the age of eight, Kevin added learning to play music to his music appreciation repertoire. After piano, he practiced music in his school band starting in middle school and started college on a music scholarship from high school.
How Teaching Compliments His Audio Work
Kevin never expected his teaching background would complement his audio work, but he found out that his teaching background gave him incredible instructional skills that his students appreciated. He discovered that his way of teaching was very effective and resulted in a better production.
Connect with Kevin Elliot via Wewa Film Production Studios https://wewafilms.com/
Like Wewa Film Studios, on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/wewafilms/ on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/wewafilms/ and connect with Wewa on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/wafilms You can also chat with Kevin by tweeting with Wewa on Twitter https://twitter.com/wewafilms
Join me next week for Part II of my interview with Kevin Elliot where we’ll continue our conversation about audio as an essential part of video production.
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