Jeanette Haley is the recipient of TheWIFTS Sound Award 2016. The role of Post-Production Supervisor is an essential key to the overall sound of a film. Working with an area of the sound process that is rarely recognized, Jeannette Haley has an impressive body of work spanning Film and Television since she entered that aspect of the filmmaking process via curiosity and opportunity.
Jeanette Haley was born and grew up in Halifax, West Yorkshire England.
Jeanette left school in 1974 at the age of 16 and after a successful string of interviews with Grand Metropolitan Hotels, secured a place in their programme and left for London on a 2 year City & Guilds course.
Two years later in 1976 she joined a very successful commercial & documentary post-production facility, Sanderson Vere Crane (SVC). This was a time when both sound and picture were cut on 16mm & 35mm film.
Although Jeanette had a post in administration, she took every opportunity to go into the cutting rooms to learn about syncing rushes, lacing up the Moviola and Steenbeck etc. Video was emerging and the equipment for video online editing was introduced into the company and there was an opportunity for Haley to learn about the new and innovative editing method on site.
Jeanette was head hunted and offered a position at Jingle company, Heiman Music where she worked her way up to the position of music producer, representing composers, budgeting and scheduling their work on commercials and even promoting their song material to record companies.
Haley then joined the team at Air-Edel representing some hugely talented composers such as: Stanley Myers, Hans Zimmer, Roger Greenaway and many more under the watchful eye of Maggie Rodford and George Martin.
Jeanette first started freelancing in post-production as a post-production co-ordinator in 1995 on a TV series, Bugs. Another TV series followed quickly after and in 1997 she was offered her first feature as a Post-Production Supervisor with producer Grainne Marmion.
From there Haley was on her career trajectory and the path was set. An introduction to Working Title and Universal led to Haley supervising many successful films with them: The Bone Collector, Bridget Jones's Diary x 2, Johnny English, Sean of the Dead, Mr. Bean's Holiday, Mamma Mia! and many more.
As a freelancer, other films followed: Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours, The Woman in Black, and more recently London Has Fallen from Millennium Films.
Jeanette Haley has worked on an array of big budget mainstream films, small budget art house films, all of them offering different challenges. She had the opportunity to start when film was the only medium; learning the laboratory route and processes and then being around at the start of the digital age has given her incredible valuable knowledge.
Jeanette Haley says: "The idea that I would ever work in the film industry was non-existent but once I stumbled into it my hunger to learn the processes assisted by the patience of everyone I met along the way, gave me the best grounding in what has turned out to be a hugely enjoyable career. Managing film and TV projects through post-production is immensely rewarding. To help realise the vision of the director and producers and work with such a wonderful cross section of people whilst meeting deadlines and maintaining budgets is challenging, fun and exciting."