AN INTERVIEW WITH JACOB COOK
ASSISTANT EDITOR & OFFICE MANAGER, BOOM BOX POST
To help with our continually growing and evolving business, we have had the pleasure of bringing on a new team member: Assistant Editor & Office Manager, Jacob Cook. Jacob's smiling face will now be the first thing that you see when you enter our doors, and we are exciting to add someone with such joyful enthusiasm for sound to our crew.
As a recent graduate of Cal Poly Pomona's Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis in music industry studies, he comes to us with a great base knowledge of recording techniques and a true passion for post-production sound. He shares this passion on a bi-weekly basis through his own personal sound blog, which you can follow here.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Temecula, CA.
What inspired you to choose post-production sound as a career?
I really like the blend of creative and technical skills. And I really like the way that you can use sound to make an audience feel an emotion or understand what the characters are feeling.
What are you most excited about in joining the Boom Box team?
I am most excited to participate in the collaborative learning process and to learn from the super awesome editors here at Boom Box. And to hone my sound editing skills.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I love to record sound effects in the field, especially backgrounds and ambiences. I especially like to try to capture emotion and a sense of place in different locations.
What is your favorite sound to experience in real life?
Anything water-related, like waves and water lapping. I find it very relaxing. And I feel that each ocean or stream has its own emotion that you can feel. This is getting very hippie.
What is your favorite sound effect?
The desert red-tailed hawk screech. That same bird has been used to evoke desert, loneliness, and desolation for years. I love to hear it and love when I get to use it.
What is the strangest thing that you actually like the sound of?
It’s the sound that a freezer makes when you open it up, and you hear all of the frozen ingredients crackling. It makes me think of freshness and cool air. It’s also not easy to record; I’ve tried.
What is your favorite animated movie?
I really like The Incredibles. All of the super hero sound effects and the music combine to make a super-stylized sound experience that is very excellent. Very exciting.
What is the last book you read?
The Summer Knight. It’s an urban fantasy book in the Dresden Files series about a wizard who is a hard-boiled detective in Chicago.
If you had to choose to wake up to one of these as your alarm clock sound for the rest of the life, which would you prefer: a chimpanzee scream or a klaxon alarm?
I would definitely pick the klaxon because I feel like the chimp would be annoying. The klaxon would jump me into motion. I would feel like there was something exciting going on.