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WCA #412 with Nathan Ruyle – Growing Up on a Farm, The Wild West, Sound for Film, Bootstrapping and Staying Nimble

My guest today is a Sound Designer / Re-recording Mixer and founder of This Is Sound Design in Burbank, California. Nathan’s credits include Joyland – Cannes Jury Prize, Academy Awards, I Love My Dad – SXSW Jury & Audience Award, The Voyeurs – Amazon Studios United Skates – HBO, Academy Awards Short List Searching – Sony, Sundance.

In this episode, we discuss

  • Growing up on a Farm
  • Scouting
  • Theater
  • Singing in Bands
  • Technology Exposure
  • Sound Design for Theater
  • Saint Louis
  • Cal Arts
  • Survival
  • Walt Disney
  • The Wild West
  • Coming to California
  • Building Studios
  • Making Your Own Way
  • The Film Industry
  • Analog vs. Digital Production
  • Studio Consolidation
  • NPR and Marketplace
  • Mixing Efficiency
  • Bootstrapping
  • Leasing to Own Gear
  • Indie Film 
  • Staying Nimble
  • Financial Track Record

Matt’s Rant: Detours

Links and Show Notes


  • Guest: Nathan Ruyle
  • Host: Matt Boudreau
  • Engineer: Matt Boudreau
  • Producer: Matt Boudreau
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith