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Tim Prebble
Sound Designer, Supervising Sound Editor

MODUS OPERANDI:

My name is Tim Prebble – I am a Film Sound Designer, Supervising Sound Editor & Field Recordist.
I am passionate about what I do; sound design is my calling, my vocation & I consider it an art; it is my life’s work.
I don’t judge projects by budget, but I consciously gravitate towards projects where sound can play an active role in storytelling. Accordingly my work ranges from large scale VFX-heavy studio films through to local independent feature films, documentaries & short films, and I take equal pride in all of my work.

I first started experimenting with sound as a six year old playing in the grain silos on my parents farm & I’ve been fascinated by sound ever since. Substation is my sound design studio based in Plimmerton, Wellington, New Zealand. Park Road Post, Peter Jackson’s state of the art film post facility, is where the film projects we work on are mixed.

 

Sound design to me is more than just creating unique sounds; it requires constant communication with all of the contributors to the soundtrack, so that we arrive at the final mix with a highly evolved, coherent jigsaw of elements, following the director’s vision yet in a form where any scene or moment can be reconstituted in whatever form best serves the moment.

My modus operandi is based on collaboration: with the director, the producer, the editor, composer, VFX department, the sound editorial & foley team & the re-recording mixers.

I prefer to record & create unique sounds for each film – to find the films voice. I love reading scripts & once onboard a project enjoy the process of constantly providing temp mixes of scenes as it allows a progression to occur based on actual results. In New Zealand we are blessed with a very small population, which equates to quiet backgrounds for recording project-specific sound effects & ambiences. This natural resource combined with my own 6TB library & an open mind is what allows me to do my best work. I also spend a lot of my spare time working on music & I love collaborating with composers & music editors. Whether it is pitching sound effects to be in tune with music, or developing evocative tones to help blend ambiences & effects with the score, treating sound as music is rich territory to explore.

NZ FILM AWARDS:

2017 APRA Award – Best Score for ONE THOUSAND ROPES

2012 NZ Film Awards – Best Sound for THE ORATOR

2011 NZ Film Awards – Best Sound for UNDER THE MOUNTAIN

2010 NZ Film Awards – Best Sound for HOME BY CHRISTMAS

2008 NZ Film Awards – Best Sound for BLACK SHEEP

2006 NZ Film Awards – Best Sound for WORLD’S FASTEST INDIAN

2003 NZ Film Awards – Best Sound for THE LOCALS

1996 NZ Film Awards – Best Sound for SAVING GRACE

FEATURE FILMS:

2014
VOICES OF THE LAND
Sound Designer
Director: Paul Wolffram
Producer: Catherine Fitzgerald
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2013
A YEAR ON ICE
Sound Designer
Director: Anthony Powell
Producer: Anthony Powell
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2012
THE EMPEROR
Sound Designer
Director: Peter Webber
Producer: Gary Foster
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2012
MR PIP
Sound Designer
Director: Andrew Adamson
Producer: Robin Scholes
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2011
THE ORATOR
Sound Designer, Composer
Director: Tusi Tamasese
Producer: Catherine Fitzgerald
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Winner NZ Film Awards 2012 – Best Sound

2011
CIRQUE DE SOILEL 3D FILM
Sound Designer
Director: Andrew Adamson
Producer: James Cameron, Aron Warner
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2010
LOVE BIRDS
Sound Designer
Director: Paul Murphy
Producer: Matthew Metcalfe
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2010
RUSSIAN SNARK
Sound Designer
Director: Stephen Sinclair
Producer: Liz DiFiore
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2010
HOPES AND DREAMS
Sound Designer
Director: Brendan Donovan
Producer: Robin Scholes
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2009
BOY
Sound Designer
Director: Taika Waititi
Producer: Ainsley Gardiner, NZFC
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Finalist NZ Film Awards 2010 – Best Sound

2009
HOME BY CHRISTMAS
Sound Designer
Director: Gaylene Preston
Producer: Sue Rogers, NZFC
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Winner NZ Film Awards 2010 – Best Sound

2008
UNDER THE MOUNTAIN
Sound Designer
Director: Jonathan King
Producer: Richard Fletcher , NZFC
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Finalist NZ Film Awards 2010 – Best Sound

2008
THE WARRIOR’S WAY
Sound Designer
Director: Sngmoo Lee
Producer: Barrie Osbourne, Sad Flutes
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2008
SHOW OF HANDS
Sound Designer
Director: Anthony McCarten
Producer: Angela Littlejohn, NZFC
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2007
30 DAYS OF NIGHT
Sound Designer
Director: David Slade
Producer:Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, SONY
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2006
BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA
Supervising Sound Editor
Director:Gabor Csupo
Producer:Hal Lieberman, WALDEN
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2006
BLACK SHEEP
Sound Designer
Director: Jonathan King
Producer: Phillipa Campbell
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2005
WORLD’S FASTEST INDIAN
Supervising Sound Editor
Director: Roger Donaldson
Producer: Gary Hannam
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Winner NZ Film Awards 2006 – Best Sound

2005
NO. 2
Sound Designer
Director: Toa Fraser
Producer: Phillipa Campbell
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Finalist NZ Film Awards 2006 – Best Sound

2004
BOOGEYMAN
Sound Designer
Director: Stephen Kay
Producer: Rob Tapert, Sam Raimi, Ghosthouse
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2003
PERFECT STRANGERS
Sound Designer
Director: Gaylene Preston
Producer: Robin Laing
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Finalist 2005 NZ Film Awards ‘Best Sound Design’

2003
FRACTURE
Sound Designer
Director:Larry Parr
Producer:Charlie McLellan
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Finalist 2005 NZ Film Awards ‘Best Sound Design’

2003
THE LOCALS
Sound Designer
Director: Greg Page
Producer: Steve Sachs
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Winner 2003 NZ Film Awards ‘Best Sound Design’

2003
FOR GOOD
Sound Designer
Director: Stuart McKenzie
Producer: Neil Padington
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2003
SKIN AND BONE
Supervising Sound Editor
Director: Chris Bailey
Producer: Chris Hampson
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2002
TOY LOVE
Sound Designer
Director: Harry Sinclair
Producer:Juliette Veber
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Finalist 2003 NZ Film Awards ‘Best Sound Design’

2002
JOHNNY LINGO
Sound Designer
Director:Steve Rameriz
Producer:John Garbet
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2001
OTHER SIDE OF HEAVEN
Supervising Sound Editor
Director: Mitch Davis
Producer:John Garbet
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2000
STICKMEN
Sound Designer
Director:Hamish Rothwell
Producer:Michelle Turner
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TRAILER at Youtube

1995
SAVING GRACE
Sound Designer
Director: Costa Botes
Producer: Larry Parr
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Winner 1996 Nokia NZ Film Awards ‘Best Sound Design’

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Tim Prebble
Sound Effects Editor
1991-1999

Feature Films – Sound Effects Editor

1999 THE PRICE OF MILK Sound Effects Editor
Director: Harry Sinclair
Producer: Fiona Coupland
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1998
MEMORY AND DESIRE
Sound Effects Editor
Director: Nicky Caro
Producer: Owen Hughes
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1998
CHANNELLING BABY
Sound Effects Editor
Director: Christine Parker
Producer: Caterina DeNave
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1999
KIDS WORLD
Sound Effects Editor
Director: Grant Bradley
Producer: Dale Bradley
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1998
SAVAGE HONEYMOON
Sound Effects Editor
Director: Mark Beesley
Producer: Steve Sachs
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1997
LOST VALLEY
Sound Effects Editor
Director: Grant Bradley
Producer: Dale Bradley
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1996
THE FRIGHTENERS
Sound Effects Editor
Director: Peter Jackson
Producer:Tim Sanders
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Nominated Golden Reel Award 1997
TRAILER at Youtube

1993
GRAMPIRE
Sound Effects Editor
Director: David Blyth
Producer: Murray Newey
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1992
END OF GOLDEN WEATHER
Sound Effects Editor
Director: Ian Mune Foley Recordist
Producer: Christina Milligan
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1991
NZ FILM SCHOOL, CHRISTCHURCH

1985-1989
UNIVERSITY OF CANTERBURY
ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING