Oliver Machin

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Devon, United Kingdom


About Me

I am a freelance Location Sound Recordist and I work in the UK and South Africa. Whilst in the UK I am based in the South West and can also be London based. When I am in South Africa I am based in Hillcrest near Durban, KwaZulu-Natal but work all over Southern Africa and the rest of the world.
I have experience in everything from feature documentaries and natural history to daytime tv, kids tv, current affairs, entertainment, press junkets, corporates and commercials. In the last few years I have worked on shows like “The Great Shark Chase” for Discovery, "Snakes In The City" for National Geographic, "Talk To The Animals" for the BBC, "Educating Joey Essex" ITV where we took Joey to see the Gorillas in Uganda as well as the ongoing coverage of Nelson Mandela for ABC News Special Events. I have also done commercials for Nikon, AVBOB, Orange and Domestos amongst others.
I also have unique experience in sound FX recording having spent 6months working in Namibia working on Mad Max: Fury Road. I was part of the double Oscar winning sound teams for Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing at the 88th Academy Awards (2016). I recorded the vehicle FX sounds of the various V8, V16 and twin V8 engines of the specially designed and built action vehicles. Those FX recordings along with the sync FX became the building blocks for the sound editors and the final mix.
I started my career at the age of 17 (1995) in the UK when I moved from a farm in Devon to London and started my first job making the tea and dubbing tapes in a post house. Then I moved into production but still with a techy slant until my old boss Ian Cross at Pilot Productions agreed to let me go to the Amazon rain forest ("Treks In A Wild World") to carry the bags and then travel the world ("Globe Trekker & Planet Food") and record sound... although I never did quite agree with his idea that I should have been paying him!
I have worked on Documentaries with Oscar winning directors (Davis Guggenheim "It Might Get Loud"), travelled to the ends of the earth, eaten the finest foods and enjoyed it all... well nearly all of it!

I have been in the industry since 1995.


Added on 1/16/2015

It Might Get Loud



Mad Max 4 – Fury Road (Relief Main Unit Sound Mixer & Vehicle Sound FX Recordist Dir: George Miller Kennedy Miller Mitchell / Warner Bros The Economist: Drones (Short Documentary Film) Cam: Jay Dacey Prod/Dir: David Alter Economist Films Match 64 – The Inside Story of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final (Feature Doc) Cam: Nick Bennett Prod/Dir: Daniel Gordon FIFA Films / Passion Films It Might Get Loud (Feature Doc) Dir: Davis Guggenheim Prod: Lesley Chilcott (An Inconvenient Truth Jeff Waynes The War Of The Worlds Tour (Observational DVD Doc) Cam/Dir: Mark Tinkler Double Jab Lonely Planet / Pilot Guide / Globe Trekker: (50min Travel Doc) PBS / Discovery / World Wide Distri Treks In A Wild World: (30min Travel Doc) PBS / Discovery Networks / Nat Geo / World Wide Dist / Bands Reunited (Music Documentary / Reality Series) Location Sound Recordist VH1 (US & Europe) Homecoming: The Manic Street Preachers (50min Music Doc) Channel 4 / AtIt Productions Location Sound Derren Brown – The Event (Magic) Location Sound Recordist Dir: Simon Dinsell Cam: Saul Gittens Dial-A-Flight (HD Commercial) Dir: Tom Challis Cam: Alex Metcalfe Space City Productions National Accident Helpline (3 x 16mm Commercials) Dir: Peter Clapperton Cam: Tom Challis Space moonpig.com (16mm Commercial) Dir: Tom Challis Cam: Alex Metcalfe Space City Productions Vision Express (HD Commercial) Cam: Tom Challis Space City Productions


Part of the sound team behind the Academy Award for Best Sound Editing - Mad Max: Fury Road Part of the sound team behind the Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing - Mad Max: Fury Road

Associations / Organizations

Institute of Professional Sound