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Daniel Hernandez knows the sound of great film
Sound engineer and musician Daniel Hernandez has an ever expanding skill set that he applies to many different productions.

While it's accurate to say that actors are the professionals who engage the greatest degree of diversity and varied presentation in films, many of their collaborators follow suit. It may not seem obvious to those unfamiliar with the inner workings of film production but sound engineers have a similar methodology of employing their talent while tailoring it to the genre or style of story being told on screen. Sound Engineer (and musician) Daniel Hernandez embraces this diversity in his career with a number of Hollywood productions. The sounds he captures are as much a part of transporting you inside the story as any visual component you experience.

One of the strengths of the film industry, Hollywood in particular, is the diverse perspectives which contribute to it. Because Hollywood attracts the best of the best, premier talent in every production aspect gravitates to work together in a truly international collaboration. Daniel worked with award-winning director Jay Holben (known for DexterParanoid) on 2018's Before the Dawn. This story of a young high school teacher who moves to a new town for a fresh start and then falls for a troubled student stars Alana de Freitas, Jared Scott, and Houston Rhines (of two-time Golden Globe winning series Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Primetime Emmy nominated series The Mindy Project). The exceptional result of the film onscreen was a direct product of the positive environment on set according to Hernandez who states, "I have to admit that one of the things that I like about working on the film industry is the chance of interacting with many different people. Different backgrounds, different languages; this mixing of cultures makes for a more unique work of art in my estimation. Additionally, every project is a new crew in a new location; for an artist like me that can't help but feel caged in an office, this is pure gold."

Brazilian director Rafael Nani procured Daniel to work on his soon to be release film Bloody Eyes based on his multiple talents. Hernandez is composing and recording the score as well as the sound editing and sound designing. Also a successful musician, Daniel has the skills to create a full 360-degree sonic personality for this Sci-Fi film. Bloody Eyes is about a young detective who learns the price of his impulsive personality after finding a hidden undercover lab where human genetics experiments are taking place. The main character must go down to the lab to face his own fears and move forward. Analysing some of the greats of the genre like Blade Runner12 Monkeys, and the Twilight Zone, Hernandez crafted his own complement to Bloody Eyes. He communicates, "Sci-Fi's is one of my favorite genres to work, because you can do almost anything you want. You can be abstract and realistic at the same time. The abstraction is always linked to the way you interpreted the movie; what you think the characters, the situation, the picture needs in terms of sound. You have the freedom to choose the best way to represent it. The film Alien has always been one of my favorites. I like how Jerry Goldsmith's score lays on top of the silence of space; how they manage the sounds from the ship, the tones, and the sound effects of the alien. Bloody Eyesis a Sci-Fi movie that could have many interpretations on how to approach the sound and the music. The movie itself creates unique scenarios for this story; scenarios that could be considered unreal and therefore requires the sound to be a unique soundscape for this new world that I am helping to create."

Ignorance (not stupidity) about the contributions of sound engineers to films has been the cause of these artists being somewhat unappreciated. Daniel concedes that this is fairly common in the industry, though his compositional abilities somewhat set him apart. The public and even those within the industry may take for granted the definition and depth that these professionals bestow upon a variety of productions to enable their full impact. The next time you watch a forbidden love story or a frightening Science Fiction thriller, remember that what you are hearing is just as stirring to your emotions as what you are seeing…and send out a "thank you" to the artists who crafted it.

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