Mark had an affinity for sound at a very young age. His idea of entertainment was to tickle the ivories, bang on toy drums and rampantly imitate anyone who came near him. However what started simply as an irritation and annoyance for his parents quickly became a hobby and then a career. Mark’s career in audio officially began in 1999 when he interned for the San Diego radio station Star 100.7 (KFMB-FM). Later he co-hosted a weekly, new music special while also serving as Music Director at KKSM, a college radio station in San Marcos, CA. From there Mark decided to continue his education at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. While at Loyola, he studied in the Recording Arts and Entrepreneurship programs, receiving Bachelor’s Degrees in both. It was at Loyola where he learned the art of story-telling through the use of audio. After Loyola, Mark took a position as sound designer at Soundelux DMG in Hollywood, CA. He worked there for three and a half years, honing and expanding his sonic skills. In October of 2007 Empty Sea was officially created, to which Mark has devoted most of his time since. Mark has won two MPSE Golden Reel Awards, one in 2005 for his work on Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams and again in 2009 for Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. He has been nominated for eight additional MPSE Golden Reel Awards.Collaborators Sound Editor, Re-Recording Mixer
Corey Eccles’ love for audio began early on in her life. From joining school and church choirs to working in live and recorded sound for concerts and theatre; she grew up learning about how different sound elements come together and work to create an entire soundscape. It wasn’t until film school however that she also developed an enthusiasm for post-production sound. Another of Empty Sea’s graduates of Loyola Marymount University’s Recording Arts program, she enjoys every aspect of post-production sound for film, television, and the web. Since film school, Corey has lent her ear to many different professional projects. She has a passion and a talent for weaving the sonic tapestry of a film to help bring the story to life and carry the vision of the director to the screen. Her diverse list of credits and dedication to her craft make her an invaluable part of Empty Sea. Corey is a three time MPSE Golden Reel Award Nominee.Sound Editor, Recording Engineer, Mastering Engineer
Jason, like most editors, spends many hours in a small, poorly lit room surrounded by sound waves. Light particles would only interfere with the sound’s journey from the speakers to his ears. Like a bat, what he lacks in sight he makes up for with tediously detailed hearing. He uses that bat-like hearing to sculpt & smooth recorded sound. This skill comes in handy when editing dialog; his foremost strength, but also is useful for audio mastering and mixing. Although some are born with such abilities, Jason had to train for many years, starting at Loyola Marymount University, graduating in 2004, and moving on to the full-time position of union dialog editor at Technicolor Sound in 2006. There, he works on a wide variety of TV shows and the occasional movie. He is proud to be a part of Empty Sea and their quest to make sound, sound good. Jason has won two MPSE Golden Reel Awards (2009, 2010 True Blood) and has been nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards as well as three additional MPSE Golden Reel Awards!
Collin AyersSupervising Sound Designer, Re-Recording Mixer
Collin, at a young age, once listened to a movie with the volume at zero and declared it a “travesty beyond what these eyes have yet seen, what these ears have yet heard.” While his love for music and audio was evident at this early age, he did not truly embrace the auditory arts until he ventured to Los Angeles to attend Loyola Marymount University. Majoring in recording arts, Collin spent many hours in the secluded school basement, piecing together audio for student films, documentaries and DVD extras. After graduation, Collin became a sound designer at the Activision owned developer Treyarch, working on such games as Spider-Man 3, Quantum of Solace, Call of Duty: World at War, and, most recently, Call of Duty: Black Ops. Working on such high-profile projects have honed Collin’s skills to a point that, if said skills were physically manifested as a sword, Zatoichi himself would be frightened. Collin has been nominated for four MPSE Golden Reel Awards and is an avid lover of cheese.
Ryan AyersMusic Producer, Composer, Mixer, Recording Engineer
Ryan Ayers began playing guitar at the age of thirteen. He more formally continued his guitar-centric education at Loyola Marymount University where he studied under the tutelage of classical guitarist Martha Masters. Ryan holds degrees in both classical guitar performance and recording arts. An active composer for over ten years, Ryan released his first record of ten original pieces for guitar entitled ermita in 2011. In 2012, he published the corresponding sheet music and tablature. These pieces employ classical guitar technique to explore the reaches of steel string and finger style guitar. A gifted melodist, Ryan also likes to experiment with gestures, textures, and rhythmic ideas in his compositions. In addition to composing, Ryan is an exceptionally talented sound designer, producer, mixer and engineer.Music Producer, Composer, Mixer, Recording Engineer
Ryan Ross has had an interest in sound ever since his youth. After getting his first “stereo” sound system, he would replay parts of his favorite movies and marvel at hearing them in stereo for the first time. He started recording in middle and high school with early software samplers, even trekking around town at late hours recording bits and pieces of sounds to splice up later. He studied Film Production, with an emphasis on sound and music, at Loyola Marymount University where he learned the fundamentals of storytelling. Along with mixing two rock albums, his mixing credits include live concert recordings of punk icons NOFX and 90′s alternative rock mainstay Everclear. He has composed music for independent films and documentaries. Ryan wrote and performed with the indie-rock outfit You Me & Iowa for 4 years, whose music was licensed to Nike and The Vampire Diaries. He currently writes and performs in the Los Angeles rock/folk outfit The Lonely Wild.