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Sonic Nomad

Film, TV and music production.

Property Donor: The GPT Group

Launched: May 2013

Closed: May 2013


about Sonic Nomad

Who are you? Sonic Nomad is a film, TV and music production company and facility operating out of Newcastle. Grant Leigh Saunders, Managing Director, was born in Nelsons Bay and bred in Taree. Saunders moved to Newcastle almost two years ago.

Saunders has worked for ABC TV. From 2007-2011 Saunders produced over 20 half-hour documentaries, as well as a slew of music videos and mini-documentary interstitials for the Indigenous program, Message Stick. In July 2012 Saunders moved to Newcastle as a freelance Producer and teacher of Digital Media within the Fine Arts Faculty of Hunter TAFE, Newcastle.

Saunders originally graduated from the Australian Film TV and Radio School with an MA(Honours) in Film and TV Documentary in 2006 and since has managed to win a number of awards for his efforts including Best Achievement in Filmmaking at St Kilda Film Festival in 2007 for his debut student film B.L.A.C.K. and The John Newfong Media Prize for Best work in 2009 for his documentary, Freakshow to Big Top.

In 2010 Saunders won a scholarship for excellence at the ABC, which allowed him to advance his craft into Editing, Directing, Producing, Camera, TV presenting and web production at AFTRS, NIDA and Dynamic Web Training. With this new set of skills and experience along with the Out There and Deadly emerging filmmakers fund provided by Metro Screen, Saunders has been able to co-write, direct, produce, co-edit, sound design and mix a TV Comedy Pilot/ online mini-series called Whiteblackatcha. This latest effort from Saunders is the result of a collaboration with his talented and comedic cousins Andrew Saunders and Jay Davis, who are the co-writers and peformers, along with English born multi-tasker Marc Foi. WhiteBLACKatcha not only showcases their talent and hard work, but also their sick sense of humour.

Apart from his TV work, Saunders is a singer/songwriter and fronts a message funk band called Whitehouse who released their debut album ‘A Funky Intervention’ on iTunes in April 2012. The band has been together since 2006 but Saunders has been writing for and fronting a number of musical acts since the early 90′s. It was Saunders’s passion for music and song writing that led him into soundtrack production and more recently into film-making.

Saunders finds an equal balance between his passions for music, sound and vision and is able to comfortably front and manage his band while creating and producing documentaries, comedy, TVC’s and music videos. Teaching media is a more recent passion for Saunders and one that he finds equally as compelling as the art of producing media itself and is teaching the Certificate III in Creative Industries (media) at Singleton Campus, on a part-time basis. Please take the time to explore the sonicnomad.com site to see and hear a selection of quality film, TV and music work produced over the past decade.

What do you do? Sonic Nomad offers Pro-Tools sound design, editing, engineering and mixing for film/TV post-production as well as music projects. Sonic Nomad also offers services in the visual medium including stills photography, video camera production, and Final Cut Pro Editing. Sonic Nomad also offers DVD authoring and production as well as preparing and uploading video and audio assets for the web.

What inspired you to get involved in Renew Newcastle? When I saw Renew Newcastle I thought it was a great opportunity to finally move my business out of my personal home space, where it has been operating from for the past 10 years, into a more professional and separate workspace. As a newcomer to Newcastle I also saw it as an opportunity to collaborate with other artists and make new clients in the area.

What are you doing in your new space? At Suite 76, Sonic Nomad offers an office to meet and discuss film/video and music projects with current and future clients, as well as a post sound and vision editing suite, with a studio for stills and video recording including professional lighting and chroma key backgrounds for music video, SFX shooting, stylised stills photography and/or TV studio recording.