Throughout the last four years of production for “Down the Fence,” Patrick Thompson has heard it all.
Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, Patrick set foot on Brandon Buttar’s ranch in August of 2013 with little to no horse experience under his belt. Wearing headphones that would later earn him the nickname “Radar,” Patrick was afforded the opportunity as the Production Sound Mixer to spend his days listening to the top men and women of the working cow horse community as they prepared for competition. “I had no experience with what they were doing, but we were listening to the legends of their sport, anyone can appreciate that.”
“I’ve always had an interest in creating moving pictures and storytelling. It’s creative and technical, combining the best of both worlds.” This combination placed him in a unique position to record the stories that were taking place in arenas across the United States. Traveling from Southern Kansas to the Central Coast of California, Patrick is more in tune with the country than ever before.
“Places are never quiet – you would think being in Northern Utah in the middle of nowhere is quiet, but it’s not. There is always some sound. Thats where choice of microphone comes into play, certain microphones are more selective depending on their design, and the specific sound you’re looking for. To me, it’s more interesting to keep those ambient noises in order to get a better sense of the setting. Each place has its own sound just as much as it has its own look.”
“While often you try to cut down on these noises, I’ve always thought it was important to hear the birds, or the traffic – that’s just as much a part of the ranch as anything else. In Simi Valley when we were filming Randy Paul, there was a lot of traffic and it was really loud. But that’s all part of it, he’s close to a large city. Whereas Kansas had a very different sound. It’s part of their story.” Continue Reading…