Walking down the hallways and riding the elevators of Sound One’s Brill Building at 1619 Broadway at 49th St could instantly offer exposure to the major leagues of the New York film industry. At the very best, it could offer an introduction towards working with some of the most important, upcoming and established filmmakers, actors and musicians working in the New York at the time. In this segment, former staff and clients of the Sound One community share stories of walking down the hallways and riding the elevators at Sound One, depicting how and why Sound One came to represent the center of the New York film universe.
From 1968 to 2012, Sound One grew from a solo operation to becoming the most successful post-production sound and editing facility on the East Coast. At its apex, Sound One inhabited five floors of the famed Brill Building housed 150 edit suites and over 300 clients and staff at its apex and commanded 85% of post-production business in New York. As its reputation grew, it became the go to post-production home for such filmmakers as Sidney Lumet, Arthur Penn, George Roy Hill, Jonathan Demme, Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese and through its constant support of independents, helped launch the careers of filmmakers like the Alan Pakula, Spike Lee, The Coen Brothers, M. Night Shyamalan, Michael Moore, Ken Burns and countless post-production professionals and helped post-produce some of cinemas most influential works.