Sad to hear John Boswell has skipped off this mortal coil.
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.