Through our numerous films together, I have found Stephen Harrod to be an excellent boom operator/audio professional who is willing to put in the time to ensure all bases are covered when it comes time to roll. I can always depend on him to be one step ahead of things on set, which is invaluable to me as a mixer in the world of digital film making where productions are moving incredibly fast. His technical understanding of audio and as a mixer himself is indispensable and rivaled only by his positive attitude.
I’ve known and worked with Stephen for many years now, and I am never disappointed with his work. No matter the circumstances of the shoot, he always somehow (magically?) gets great sound with reliable and detailed notes. As an editor, his work it invaluable to me. Stephen is always my number one choice to do sound, and he sets the standard when comparing other mixers.
I’m always happy when I know Stephen is on production sound. It means there will be no surprises in post and instead of having to spend ridiculous amounts of time trying to clean impossible dialogue we’ll be able to devote more time to the effects, design, and mix that ultimately elevates your project. Stephen on the team means a better post audio process. I find him great to work with and he truly is passionate about doing what he can to serve the frame.
Stephen has been an invaluable mentor at George Washington Prep High School for several years through BAFTA LA’s Outreach Program. Wash Prep is a public school located in South LA. Mentors step into an already existing film curriculum and add their expertise and caring hearts to children whose lives are affected by gangs and drug infested neighborhoods, missing parents due to incarceration or drug addiction, battles with teenage pregnancy, extreme poverty and a never ending life of chaos. Stephen works one on one with students, and within production groups, guiding and teaching them the art of sound recording. He shares his passion and knowledge, always stressing the jobs available in the industry. He is patient and kind, and has a wonderful sense of humor, which makes kids gravitate to him. He consistently shows up. He is never intrusive and never looks for praise. Stephen mentors because it is in his soul to give back to his community and to those less fortunate.
He’s alert to every situation, able to maneuver quickly to accommodate challenging set-ups and situations. We functioned as a run-and-gun skeleton documentary crew and he handled the work of three people at once. Beyond his technical proficiency, he brings with him an awesome demeanor. He’s easy going, warm-hearted, and funny to boot! Stephen knows when to assert himself to better your production, but he’s always mellow, never impacted by high-stress environments.”
I have worked with Stephen in various capacities over the past two years. Wether I am producer of the project, post supervisor, editor, or all of the above, my experiences with him have all been positive. He is talented, consistent, and I will definitely continue to use his expertise in the future.
Mr. Harrod is a very well prepared, selfless PSM who collaborates with the other departments to make sure he’s invisible while filming. He’s always focused and works well with other people that are as focused as him. And actors love working with him.
Stephen is one of the best I’ve ever worked with. He was always to first to ask out to do sound . He is someone that I am excited to have on set with me and confident that i will get the best result possible from him. Professional, hard working, and always willing to help out a good friend or contact.
Stephen is truly a one-of-a-kind sound mixer, both supremely talented and a ton of fun to work with. With talent often comes ego, but Stephen beats that, instead being a rare of mix of professionalism and humbleness. His sense of humor makes every day on set seem easier and more fun. His expertise in sound literally makes days shorter by thinking up new and inventive ways to solve the inevitable problems that arise in filmmaking. Hire him!