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The Art of Sound & The Challenge
Of Breaking Established Barriers

Dominique Devoucoux & Vanesa Lorena Tate
Of the many aspects in the final process of bringing together a completed film, the sound and sound design of a project, whether on a large or small scale, are the crucial elements that blend together the visual, dialogue and music in perfect harmony, which will reverberate throughout the entire film from the opening credits to the final scene and will make the enjoyment and experience of the cinematic vision complete. Traditionally the preserve of companies run and managed by men, in 2005 two women challenged that status quo and established Tate Post.

Today London based Tate Post, established and managed by business partners Vanesa Lorena Tate and Dominique Devoucoux, is an award-winning multi-faceted Post Production house and is among the most sought after companies in the field of Post Production. The company offers complete post-production packages for feature films, TV commercials, documentaries, radio, trailers, online formats, events, theatre, video games and corporate films. The latest project for which the team at Tate Post provided the full sound post-production package is On The Road directed by Walter Salles, which is in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival 2012.

Dominique Devoucoux, Managing Director, commented, "When we started out back in 2005, we were young enough and perhaps naïve enough to not see the many pitfalls that surround this area of filmmaking. In the beginning, due to the existence of the status quo, it was very difficult to break that 'glass ceiling'. It was quite tricky to maneuver the politics of securing projects in this fiercely competitive sector of the film process, in part because Vanesa, who has the responsibility of Creative Director at Tate, was on the surface automatically perceived as not having the technical skills of male counterparts."

The two principals, who kick-started Tate Post with self-funding, have distinct yet combined roles that make the company a perfect example of a growing successful entity. Vanesa is Tate's Creative Director, Supervising Sound Editor and Sound Designer, and Dominique is Tate's Managing Director in charge of running the company and responsible for 'bringing projects' through the door. As the projects increased and the company became known for its skills in the area of sound design and post-production, the business partners brought in private investors. Via Vanesa's and Dominique's passion for the craft of sound design and their determination coupled with talent and skill, the handicap of being the anomaly became Tate's trademark.

For the last seven years the Tate Post team, which has a core staff of 4, has worked with the same freelancers when possible. Credits include work on films such as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Biutiful, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Cheri, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, and Sweeney Todd, as well as numerous UK and US indie productions. The company's work is regularly featured in films showcased at and including the Academy Awards in LA (2011/2009/2008), Cannes Film Festival (2012/2010), Venice Festival (2009) and Berlin Film Festival (2009).

About Vanesa Lorena Tate
Creative Director, Supervising Sound Editor & Sound Designer

Vanesa is Company Director and Creative Director at Tate Post, which she set up with business partner Dominique Devoucoux. Vanesa also freelances in London and Los Angeles as a Senior Sound Designer, Supervising Sound Editor, Media Composer, Music Editor, Location Sound Mixer and Recording Engineer and Mixer. She has worked alongside Oscar winning directors Walter Salles (On The Road), Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy 2, Pan's Labyrinth), Tim Burton (Sweeney Todd), Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu (Babel, 21 Grams, Biutiful), David Yates (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix), Stephen Frears (Cheri) and Kevin Reynolds (Robin Hood, Tristan & Isolde), and award winning actors including Robert Pattinson, Ralph Fiennes, Michelle Pfeiffer and Javier Bardem.

Tate graduated from the Royal Academy of Music (London 1997 - 2001) in the Media and Applied Music Course. She studied under Nick Ingman (Matrix Reloaded, Lara Croft Tomb Raider, Shakespeare In Love), Rick Wentworth (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Lara Croft Tomb Raider) and James Brett (X-Men, The Island). Throughout her career she has composed original music for a variety of formats, and recently wrote the soundtrack for one of the best selling game franchises: Need for Speed – Hot Pursuit (EA Games).

Vanesa Lorena Tate started composing at the age of four, playing the flute and piano. She then passed to playing guitar and violin at the "Rudolf Steiner Schule". At the age of 9 she enrolled at the "Conservatorio de la Lucila" (Buenos Aires – Argentina) for Piano and Flute. When her family moved to Italy she carried on her studies at the "Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi di Milano". She graduated from Flute and Piccolo at the above-mentioned conservatoire. She studied at the Royal Academy of Music, Media and Applied Music Course, London (1997- 2001), Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi di Milano, Flute, Piccolo and Chamber music, Milan (1990- 1997) and Consevatorio de la Lucila, Piano and Flute, Buenos Aires (1987-1989).

About Dominique Devoucoux
Co-founder & Managing Director

Dominique is the operational and strategic backbone of Tate Post, which she founded in 2005 alongside sound designer and composer Vanesa Tate.

Dominique studied Economics in Paris, Dublin and London and launched her career in the media industry with Reuters (London) in 1998. In 2001 she was recruited as an account manager for the award-winning advertising agency WUNDERMAN (Paris) and then was transferred to WUNDERMAN London (WPP) in 2003 where she delivered pan European media campaigns for blue chip accounts such as IBM and Star Alliance. Using her background in Economics and International trade, she gained essential client facing and project management skills.

Together with Vanesa she is passionate about their craft and has successfully established the company as a well respected post production services boutique capable of operating in London and Los Angeles.

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