CFVA Interview with Jeff Knudsen
Dealing with live sound is always a challenge, but when you throw in brutal elements, difficult terrain, and grueling physical exertion, it becomes even more demanding. For Jeff Knudsen, a Denver native and sound mixer, working over a decade with some of the biggest names in the business in Los Angeles and New Mexico, these challenges are more readily overcome with experience and knowledge. After this stint away from Colorado, Jeff recently moved back to Denver, with an impressive list of credits where he has fine-tuned his craft, including Breaking Bad, The Last Stand, Crazy Horse and No Country for Old Men, among others. Jeff also had the opportunity, while in New Mexico, to work with some of the best local sound mixers around, in particular Bayard Carey (The Missing, Crazy Heart), David Brownlow (Hoosiers, The Spirit) and Darryl Frank (Breaking Bad, The Last Stand), as well as the big Hollywood sound mixers who would come in to town, such as David Macmillan (Speed, Twilight, Blades of Glory). While working in Los Angeles, Jeff was able to work on a wide range of projects, from commercials to documentaries to ENG/EPK. Jeff credits his success to these years away from Colorado, learning from incredible talent, and is excited to be working back in Colorado.
For our newer readers, explain some of the differences between the multiple job titles when hired on set (sound mixer, boom operator, utility sound tech, etc.).