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Ravi Moerman, SA (b. 1990)
Name: Ravi Moerman
Age: 19 (Born: December 1990)
Ravi Moerman concedes that the film industry is a tough nut to crack. He also believes that tenacity, talent and a little luck can lead to a career in the movie biz.
So far, go good.
At the tender age of 19 — he turns 20 in December — the South Australian runs his own freelance sound-editing company. He provides sound design, editing and mixing primarily for government-funded short films and advertising agencies. He also makes himself available to join bigger teams on feature films.
Moerman markets himself largely through his industry connections, along with a well-groomed LinkedIn account. He says he advertises himself specifically as a dialogue editor, “which I have been informed there are a shortage of professionals.”
Moerman, who funded the creation of his company, Freeform Sound, out of his own pocket, says he fills a need in the Adelaide-area film scene. “Most of the bigger production houses in my local area are expensive and don’t cater for the lower-budget, government-funded short film projects.”
He tips his hat to Les Francis, a veteran sound engineer in the Adelaide area who gave him work experience when Moerman was still a Year 12 in secondary school. He continues to work in Francis’ shop as an assistant sound editor.
What’s next for this young sound man? Well, the South Australian Film Corporation recently tapped Moerman for a paid career-development job on the sound team for a feature film, “The Dragon Pearl,” starring Sam Neill. The movie is scheduled for spring 2011 release.
What motivates Ravi Moerman:
To chase a dream job and support the creative talent in the Australian film and TV industry. I also want to get as many production credits as I can!
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