▶ This twitter thread reminds me how little progress has been made in the minds of many men….
That thread is full of ingenuous ways of.. bypassing the patriarchy!? It reminds me of a kiwi pioneer film director that I have worked with many times. She told me stories of early days working at the NFU (state owned film post facility) and how she quickly learned if she was making bookings or ordering any work or materials it was best to use a fictional male name.
Sad to hear John Boswell has skipped off this mortal coil.
I had to check his IMDB to do a count of the projects we worked on together, but it isn’t really accurate as Boz was always around, since my first film mix at the NFU in 1997, for Saving Grace.
A few favourite memories of Boz:
In my early days of supervising projects, I can still clearly remember doing predubs with him in Theatre 3 at the old NFU, in Lower Hutt. The desk was a beautiful old Neve that had been painstakingly maintained by Ian, the NFU inhouse tech. But one day I noticed Boz doing some kind of magic: he was briefly pre-listening to things, before introducing them into the mix. How I asked? He was kind enough to explain & show me – the faders on the Neve had a soft switch, where if the fader was at zero, you could pull it towards yourself (less than zero) and it would engage a PFL bus, which he had patched to a mini speaker. Brilliant!
Very important for a long life in post production: Boz had great style playing ping pong! Like me, more of a tactical spinner than relying on brute force… But win or lose he was always full of great cheer!
Also, John was never one to pull punches verbally. I always appreciated the ability he had to cut through the nonsense and tell it how it was. And when you know someone well, all it takes is a look & a nod, to know you are on the same side. The right side. A side worth fighting for.
A favourite project that Boz mixed would be a short film by the inimitable Taika Waititi: Tama Tu with sound design by Dave Whitehead.
Cheers Boz, it was a pleasure to share so many years with you.