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Sound mixer SiYao Jiang talks anticipated new film 'Starf*cker'
China's SiYao Jiang has vast experience in sound, but, he did not always know that this passion would lead to filmmaking. He spent his early years as a musician, pursuing that path for years. However, he wanted to express his creativity, and found music production did not allow for that. He wanted to spend every day doing something different, finding unique ways to do what he loved. It didn't take him long to find his way into sound mixing, finding the perfect blend of everything he loves.

Jiang is now a renowned sound mixer. He has spent his esteemed career working on many illustrious projects, from the film Apple to the commercial Daikin, Jiang is talented, versatile, and dedicated to his craft.

"I am usually a one-man band since most of the productions I work for have a small crew. One-man band means I have to boom and mix at the same time, which is really hard because I don't have that many hands to do all the jobs at once, so I will adjust all the levels, make sure nothing peaks before a take and record everything," he said.

This year, one of Jiang's most anticipated projects will premiere. The feature Starf*cker is a comedy that touches on a newsworthy topic. It follows a narcissistic psychopath with ADD, BPD and a sex addiction who tries to sleep his way to the top of Hollywood, only to find his world crash down around him.

"The story is actually amazing. It's a very humorous story which leads to a very serious turnaround at the end where his whole world crashes on him and he has to stand up for himself. A good story will get people's attention, and this is very a good story," said Jiang. "Also, this movie is similar to The Hangover series, which is one of my favorites."

Working on Starf*cker was a pleasure from start to finish for Jiang. He says it was one of the friendliest crews he has every worked with. Because of the setting, there were also many takes done specifically to capture to best sound, as shooting outside can lead to environmental issues that are out of anyone's control, such as airplanes flying, cars driving, wind blowing, and more.

"Honestly, I loved every part of working on this project. The crew was super professional and super nice which made my job very easy with minimal pressure. They would ask my advice before doing a shot to make sure there would be no audio issue. The best part about working on this project was that it's a comedy, so every day the crew members were laughing which gave a really good vibe in the production," said Jiang.

Sound is half of the movie-watching experience, and Jiang makes sure to make it the star it should be on all projects he embarks on. He continuously captures clean dialogue on set, making sure that there is minimal work to be done in post-production, saving time and money.  He excels at what he does, and for those looking to follow in his footsteps, he offers the following advice:

"Network, network, network, I cannot stress enough about this. The more people you know, the greater the chance you will hear about projects that really interest you. The more producers and directors that know you and like you, the greater the chance they will ask you to be on all of their projects. Of course, you have to be good at what you do, and never stop trying to be better," he advised.

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