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Nigel Foster

Nigel began his career in professional audio engineering way back in 1990 swiftly progressing from tea boy to house engineer at Auckland’s iconic Airforce Recording Studios. Working mainly in music and free to showcase his creative and engineering talent during this period he worked on many home grown albums including The Exponents’ legendary album “Something Beginning With C”.

 

An around the world backpacking adventure drew Nigel to London where he began to work freelance, expanding his professional portfolio to include sound design for television commercials, programmes, movie trailers, radio plays and animation. His skills attracted the attention of Disney producers and Nigel was invited on board as full time sound designer at Disney’s new West London facility.

 

After more than thirteen years away from home Nigel returned to Auckland to fulfill a life long dream, to build a studio that is intimate yet professional, funky yet functional.

 

Nigel says, “Regardless how small an audio job, how complex or how high profile, all my work is approached with utmost professionalism, integrity and, most importantly, a desire to make the studio a place of fun for everyone concerned.”

 

 

Awards

 

The Golden Hour

2012 Desert Road Films

Sound editor Nigel Foster

Directed by Justin Pemberton

Nominated; Emmy Best International Documentary

 

Tits On A Bull

2014 Hikoi Productions

Sound design and mix Nigel Foster

Directed by Tim Worrall

Selections and awards 

2015 Tampere Film Festival, Wairoa Maori Film Festival - Best Short Film, T Tahiti Prize, Best Actress: Maria Walker, New Zealand International Film Festival, Hawaii International Film Festival, Nothing LessThan Equal Film Festival, Hollyshorts, Joshua Tree Film Festival, iris Prize Film Festival, Side by Side Film Festival, Show Me Shorts, London Digital Film Festival, Pasifica Film Festival, SWANZ: Best Short Film Script, Big Pride LA Film Festival.

 

City Parks Services and AKL Property Management

2014 Corporate Media

Sound editor Nigel Foster

Directed by Steve King

Won: Bronze People’s Telly Award

 

Bus Life (Television Series)

2003 Disney Channel

Directed by Howard Meyers

Sound design by Nigel Foster

Won: Grand Jury Prize at the New York Television Festival 2004 (USA)

Nominated; Best Drama - British Academy Children's Television Awards (UK)

Nominated; Best Original writer: Ben ward - British Academy Children's Television Awards (UK)

 

Radar Across The Pacific

2012 Zeitgeist Productions

Sound design and mix by Nigel Foster

Directed by Peter Bell / Alexander Behse

Won: Best Factual Series - NZ Television Awards 2012

 

The Exponents – “Something Beginning With C” (Album)

1992 Polygram Records

Produced by Mike Duffy

Engineered by Nigel Foster & Mike Duffy

Won: Ampex Golden Reel Award (NZ)

 

Brush Head (Cartoon Television Series)

2004 The Disney Channel

Produced by Andy Williams & Dan Berlinka

Sound design by Nigel Foster

Won: BAFTA Children’s Award (UK)

 

Allpress Barista – From Crop To Cup (DVD)

2007 Flying Start Pictures

Directed by Karen MacKenzie

Sound design and mix by Nigel Foster

Won: Gold at New York Festivals Awards 2008 (International Film & Video)

 

Push Push – “A Trillion Shades Of Happy” (Album)

1992 Tall Poppy Records

Produced by Tim Foreman

Engineered by Nigel Foster & Tim Foreman

Won: Ampex Golden Reel Award (NZ)

 

Space Wasted (Digital)

2009 Ogilvy

Directed by Jeremy Taine

Sound design by Nigel Foster

Won: Axis Silver Viral Video & Interactive Content

 

A Raven New Years Eve (Promo)

2004 The Disney Channel

Directed by Simon Dean

Sound design by Nigel Foster

Won: Gold at PROMAX (UK)

 

8 Simple Rules – Football (Promo)

2004 ABC 1

Produced by Richard Moore

Sound design by Nigel Foster

Won: Gold at PROMAX (UK)

 

Like Family (Promo)

2005 The Disney Channel

Produced by Gary Reed

Sound design by Nigel Foster

Won: Gold at PROMAX (UK)

 

X-Box 360 Halo (Radio Commercials)

2007 Republik

Produced by Greg Wylie

Sound design by Nigel Foster

Won: The Radio Bureau - Outstanding Radio Creativity Award

 

 

 

Shiv

 

Shivnesh Sumer (Shiv)

 

Shivnesh Sumer is an Auckland based sound engineer specialising in audio postproduction and sound design for film, television and radio post production.  After attending SAE school of audio engineering he began an internship at Sale Street Studios and swiftly proved himself highly skilled in the art of post production sound mixing. Since Shiv began his career as a professional audio engineer he has worked on television shows of the highest caliber including BBC Coast Australia, The Operatives and Topp Country, Decades In Colour and Grand Designs NZ. Shiv is also a music producer (under Cymbol 303).

When asked about Shiv people normally say, "everyone loves working with Shiv".