Neil Hillman joined UK broadcaster Central Independent Television in 1982 after graduating in Electronics from Aston University, leaving in 1990 to become a freelance Sound Supervisor / Mixer / Recordist. He founded The Audio Suite in 2002 to better serve an increasing demand for him as a Sound Designer and Re-recording Mixer and he continues this work alongside his role as a Supervising Sound Editor. As an aside to post-production, he also operates as a Sound Supervisor / Mixer on Outside Broadcasts and as a drama and documentary Sound Recordist on location. He was awarded a prestigious Royal Television Society ‘Best Production Craft Skills’ award for his Sound Design and Re-recording skills in 2010, he is a past multiple winner for sound design from the New York and Los Angeles Festivals and has amassed over 600 individual IMDb credits. Still learning, still hungry, still humble.
Neil is not just a highly-experienced practitioner, but additionally he is a speaker, author and academic. He is a member of the Sound Design Research Group at the University of York, having researched his PhD concerning emotion in sound design within York’s Department of Theatre, Film and Television. As well as regularly teaching undergraduate and post-graduate students at the University of York, Neil has been an invited speaker at many other institutions; presenting his thoughts and talks on sound in places such as the BBC Academy, Birmingham City University, the Birmingham Conservatoire, the University of Gloucestershire, the University of Staffordshire and the University of Ulster; as well as the School of Audio Engineering (SAE) Brisbane and Queensland University of Technology, Australia.
Hillman, N. (2014), Organic and free range Sound Design, The New Soundtrack, Volume 4.2, pp. 123-138.
Hillman, N. & Pauletto, S. (2015), The Craftsman: The use of sound design to elicit emotions, The Soundtrack, Volume 7.1, pp. 5–23.
Hillman, N & Pauletto, S. (2016), Audio Imagineering: Utilising the Four Sound Areas Framework for Emotive Sound Design within Contemporary Audio Post-production, The New Soundtrack, Volume 6.1, pp. 77–107.
Hillman, N. (2018), Foundations in Sound Design – Post-Production II. The Mix Stems: Voice, Effects, Music. (Chapter.) London: Routledge
Hillman, N. (2013), Journeyman, Birmingham: Merlin Initiatives.