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Marley & Me: An Internship Mixing Music for a Bob Marley Biopic

Written by Alyssa Richard
3/5/2010

Dan Timmons '10 works in the sound recording technology lab on campus. Photo by Mike Grippi '10.

Ever imagine getting to work with an A-list Hollywood director while still in college?

With the help of IC music professor Alex Perialas, Dan Timmons ’10 landed an internship at Sound Lounge in New York City and spent much of his time working on a film about reggae legend Bob Marley being directed by Jonathan Demme.

Exploring possibilities for his for-credit-only internship, a requirement for the sound recording technology major in the School of Music, Timmons wanted to stick to the music industry. So when Professor Perialas told him about Tony Volante, a friend who’s the head post-production mixer in the entertainment division of Sound Lounge, Timmons balked.

“I was skeptical at first,” he says, thinking a studio that mixes music for film wouldn’t be a good fit, “but Professor Perialas sat me down and recommended the film industry.”

Timmons landed the gig and began seven weeks of mixing, editing, and compiling audio elements, getting the computers ready, and assisting Volante with several sound-editing projects.

For four weeks, Timmons worked with Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme on Marley. Best known for Silence of the Lambs (1991), Demme also directed the Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense and other music documentaries.

“It was amazing to work with Demme,” says Timmons. “I really learned so much from it all. Classes laid the foundation, but here I actually learned how to do it and think on my feet.”

Timmons also worked on the HBO documentary Schmatta, a trailer for the Tim Burton movie 9, and commercials for Microsoft and EA Sports. Timmons even did a voice-over for the game Fight Night 4. “If you listen to the commercial,” he says, “you can hear my voice in the background screaming for Ali.”

His advice to future students seeking internships: “Don’t get it set in your mind to do one thing. Be flexible. The result might be an awesome opportunity.”

He should know: After graduation, Timmons will go back to work at Sound Lounge, this time as a paid employee. Talk about working your Ithaca connections.



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