GUEST POST: Longtime DtT Pal Rides Along in Bad Animals Mixing Session

Today for your Tiger-Drawing pleasure, I present this guest blog from none other than Phil Wiltse, the fellow who introduced us to Nepal. Phil is one of those people you just don’t meet quite enough of in your lifetime.

Captain Wiltse joined us earlier this week at Bad Animals studios, where Drawing the Tiger’s audio is being mixed. Glad you could join us, Phil!

PhilsBadAnimalsPictureDave Howe at the booth in "The Blue Room" at Bad Animals, mixing a scene in Drawing the Tiger

Last week Scott and Amy invited me to watch “Drawing The Tiger” sound editing as work was underway at Seattle’s own Bad Animals studio. Like a lot of people I loved Sound City, a documentary by Dave Grohl, and his HBO series Sonic Highways, the latter highlighting the landscape of music and culture in cities across America. Those pieces featured awesome sound studios and mad genius/artist sound specialists who possess a unique talent and artistry that brings sound to the highest levels.

I witnessed that yesterday as Scott and sound editor Dave worked on Drawing The Tiger. Each scene and sound being painstakingly scrutinized to evaluate congruency with the visual display and checking to see if it helps or detracts from each scene. Every horn, siren, cow, child’s voice, or car sound is literally under the microscope.

Along with the sound editing, of course, the film played on a big screen, flooding the room with incredible images that many people will see in the coming months. Its been a long road for the “Power Couple” making this film. Nearly eight years. And when the curtain closes on premier night in Toronto, well…all I can say is….


Ah yes the beginning. I’ve known Scott and Amy since 2007. Our paths probably should never have crossed.

I know very little about art, photography, storytelling and sound, after all I’m an Airline Pilot. We rarely know about these things. Back then I worked with a NGO based in Nepal that provided educational scholarships to underprivileged girls. It was a relatively small Non-Profit at the time but it was growing and its “media” needed a professional touch.

Hiring a quality film person was became a priority. The job would require an extended trip to Kathmandu.The first month would be spent dragging film equipment around the South Everest region on a high altitude trek.

The remaining time would be mainly in the Kathmandu region highlighting the Non-Profit’s mission. The usual things happened, names of various companies and people that specialize in film/video were put forth, body’s of work were reviewed, and I (being the expert that I was) thought most of it sucked! Then I saw Scott and Amy’s portfolio. It wasn’t like other the other stuff. Not even close. Intrigued, I arranged a meeting.

Within two minutes after I met them I knew they were going to Nepal. I just needed to convince the Non-Profit’s leadership. That wasn’t hard to do. And so the journey began….


Not long after that they found what they were looking for or it found them. I believe what they found and what they’ve worked on in this film to be deeply profound and excruciatingly human.   I absolutely couldn’t be more proud of Scott and Amy and what they’ve done here. So, when the curtain closes on premier night in Toronto, well… all I can say is… it’s amazing!!


Phil Wiltse

March 26, 2015



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