Full Member / Fellow
In 1960, I joined the Technical Operations department of B.B.C. Television, remaining with them for
eight years, receiving extensive training in all aspects of Television Broadcast Operations. I specialised in Sound Engineering, which encompassed Microphone Boom Operation, T.V. Studio floor practice and Grams/Tape Operation. Responsibility for sound balance on LIVE transmissions of “Dr. Who”, “Grandstand” and “Blue Peter” was also undertaken.
In October 1968, an opportunity arose to work in the Cinema Feature Film industry, and pursued a career as a Freelance Technician in the Sound Department in various grades. The more notable ones are “Fiddler on the Roof” (American Academy ‘Oscar’ Award for Sound), “Alien” (the first one!), and two James Bond 007 films.
In later years, my initial background in Television proved useful with the move to electronic picture capture. I was able to offer a broad range of experience in Sound Recording for both Film and Video formats.
I also participated in seminars and training courses related to Stereo sound, run by The National Film & Television School and The Association of Motion Picture Sound, of which I have been a member since induction and served on the Council as Membership Secretary for 15 years.
Patrick Heigham, Production Mixer, well experienced in feature film sound techniques but better known for his work in documentary and current affairs production, joined AMPS at inception in 1989. In 1998 he was elected to the Association Council and in that year took up the position of Membership Secretary.
His tireless efforts during the past six years have included organising the membership records onto computer, handling the administration of members’ applications & subscription renewals and creating membership cards and certificates.
His ideas and discussion at regularly attended monthly Council meetings have greatly benefited the organisation and running of the Association.
For such services he is elected a Fellow of the Association.
The Council of the Association of Motion Picture Sound
8th February 2004