I made my first film in 2003, having been inspired to direct after working as the sound recordist on a friend’s short film. I came away not wanting to pursue a career in film sound, but wanting to direct. I made the ‘The Bank Job’ in order to prove to myself I could do it. After it was selected for a couple of festivals and won an award, I was convinced I was moving in the right direction.
I started out in 1986 as a studio assistant at Oakwood Studios, a recording studio in Canterbury. It was on the YTS earning £27 a week! I spent a year making sure there was enough tea and coffee, as well learning everything I could about studio life. The following year they took me on full-time at their sister company, Talking Shop. I worked as an engineer and also as a producer on various radio commercials and training programmes for companies like Hornby Hobbies and WHSmith. After another year I ventured out on my own and went freelance. I continued to work for Talking Shop, as well as for various studios in London.
In 1990 I was offered a full-time job with Studio AVP as a recording engineer. It was here that I first worked for Oxford University Press along with other publishers recording English language courses. While there I was responsible for updating the studio to digital editing, installing and managing a SADiE system.
In 1997 I moved to The Soundhouse Ltd, where I specialised in recording and editing radio drama. I became freelance again in 2001, in order to return to production.
My short films have screened at festivals all over the world and won a number of awards. While developing various feature film projects I continue to work as an audio producer for publishers Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press.
Leon Chambers, Third Light Films