"The corporate mentality is to get the best equipment in there and they completely ignore the fact that it's a people to people business. You build up relationships."
About This Interview
In his nearly four-hour interview for The Archive of American Television, Leo Chaloukian discusses his childhood and service in the Navy before detailing his long and decorated career in the sound industry. Chaloukian explains various elements of sound design, including Foley, ADR, and mixing, and describes his work on television shows such as Gunsmoke, Lassie, Route 66, Highway Patrol, Maverick, Have Gun Will Travel, Sea Hunt, and the pilot episode of Star Trek. He recounts his rise up the ranks from janitor to owner of Ryder Sound Services and shares tales of Ryder's founder, Loren Ryder -- a pioneer in the field of sound for film and television. Chaloukian also comments on his Oscar win for the feature film Platoon, his involvement with the Motion Picture Academy, and his time as President of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Michael Rosen conducted the interview in Los Angeles, CA on March 28, 2001.