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Meet Jerry Deaton of Audiokut Post in Westlake Village

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jerry Deaton.

Jerry’s portfolio includes work at Warner brothers publishing as a staff songwriter and producer in the early 80’s. He has works with such artists as Eddie Money, Steve Cropper and Mike Reno (Loverboy).

His wide variety of musical skills as a working musician in the 70′ and 80’s led Jerry into producing and writing music through the 80’s and 90’s and 2000’s. Starting off with commercials for Pepsi featuring “The Boyz”, producing the title track for John Travolta’s feature “The Experts”. Other music productions included over 100 songs tailored specifically for fitness company “Curves” and the professional fitness market.

Having gained studio experience long before the advent of computer based recording, Jerry quickly and sadly put a dust cover on his analog Studer and Otari 24trk machines.

Today, Jerry is a fast and efficient user of Nuendo, Pro Tools, Final cut pro and Adobe creative suite applications. He has spent the last 12 years developing Audiokut Audio Post as one of the new breed of boutique affordable audio post facilities in Los Angeles.

Jerry vision of the new “Hollywood” has connected him with many like minded independent film makers and support teams that understand big budgets do not necessarily make great films. It still takes talent, a good story and an artisan approach to technology.

As president of Audiokut audio post, Jerry has embraced new technology which has allowed him to do the audio jobs that only 10 years ago required a staff of film engineers to complete. His credits span from re-recording mixer, ADR mixer, dialogue editor to sound design editor, composer and everything in-between. Recent projects include, Jobs (Ashton Kutcher), Animal (thriller channel), Norms restaurant commercial, Friday the 13th documentary, Casper van Dien’s “Born to Ride”, “Stiletto” starring William Forsyth and Stana Katic (from TV hit “Castle”), “Eating out: Drama camp” which is playing currently on LOGO. In addition, soon to be released in theaters, “Shiver” a suspense thriller featuring Danielle Harris (from Halloween 4). While at Audiokut, Jerry’s range of work has included trailers, TV, commercials, new media, film shorts and features.

Independent film makers and TV producers have come to rely on Audiokut Post for professional high-quality sound and impact in their projects.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Never a smooth road, always hustling for the next job, but I wouldn’t change a thing!

Please tell us about Audiokut Post.
I specialize in Audio post production.

Sound design and 5.1 mixing for films and TV.

Most proud of recognizing that 10 years ago my work as a music producer was keeping me busy, but the royalties and contract work were diminishing due to piracy. So I switched gears and applied my knowledge and training to audio for film. When you have a family, you need to adapt in order to pay the bills.

What sets my company apart from other post houses is the ability to provide all audio services, and music production as needed by a client without the overhead of a large staff. In the new world of filmmaking, the independents need affordable pros to finish their films. With over 50 films in the can, my clients trust me to bring artistic value to their films.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Bought 1 of the many failing commercial recording studios in the 90’s (for cheap) and renovated to accommodate film post and corporate green screen set filming services.

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