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Jan. 15, 2016
Northwest Missouri State University alumnus Bobby Gumm is continuing his successful career in Hollywood as he and the production company for which he works recently claimed a slew of awards at the 2015 CLIO Key Art Awards.
Gumm, who earned his broadcasting degree from Northwest in 2003, is vice president of music at Trailer Park Inc., a multi-faceted advertising agency that specializes in the production of movie trailers, and the winner of individual CLIO trophies for his musical work on trailers for “Suicide Squad” and “Mad Max: Fury Road.”
Trailer Park was recognized as Agency of the Year at the CLIO Awards. Gumm and his team earned several other honors, for their work on the trailers for hit films including “Inside Out,” “Big Hero 6,” “Jurassic World,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2,” “American Sniper” and “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
The CLIO Awards is an esteemed international awards competition for the creative business and recognizes the work in a variety of categories.
“I'm very proud to have been a part of what we've accomplished at Trailer Park,” Gumm said. “In terms of the awards, what means the most to me is that they’re voted on by our peers in the industry. To know that all of these other, incredibly talented people, like the work you did feels really nice.”
Gumm recognized his love for movies at a young age and has turned that into a successful career.
“As long as I can remember, I have loved movies,” Gumm said. “I watched them repeatedly and studied them. I have probably watched ‘Jaws’ more times than any healthy child should. I think I always wanted to do something related to movies, but never really knew what or if that was even an option, considering I had no connections to L.A.”
Gumm, like many Northwest graduates, used his connections and the experience he gained as a student to land a job in California.
“I loved editing and I moved to L.A. with the intention of becoming a film editor,” Gumm said. “Through a good friend and fellow Northwest graduate, Eric Mickelson, I was able to get an interview at a small ad agency he was working for, and after landing the job I kind of fell into the music supervision role.”
Gumm began his career at Intralink Film and then spent several years with Flyer Entertainment before moving to Trailer Park. Gumm has almost a decade of music supervision experience, and has supervised more than 100 film trailers.
When he entered the field, music supervision was barely a sustainable role and was viewed as a stepping stone. Now, music supervision is an important and widely competitive field in the production arena. He’s watched Trailer Park grow from roughly 60 to almost 500 employees during his six years there.
“It's definitely more competitive now than it’s ever been,” Gumm said. “With technological advancements in editing, compression, and turnaround times on projects getting shorter and shorter, music supervision is much more essential to the process. Now it’s crucial for any sizable company to have a music supervisor.”
Not only is the field becomingly increasingly competitive, the demand for eager students to fill those positions is growing, Gumm said.
“At the time I started there were probably only a handful of music supervisors in town and now there are hundreds, “Gumm said. “There's definitely more opportunity now, but there's also more awareness these jobs exist and the competition is more steep.”
When Gumm looks back on his time as a Northwest student, he reflects on the tools that helped him attain his success.
“The hands-on experiences I had with the equipment at Northwest were important,” Gumm said. “(Faculty) got us on the equipment and software early, and we were given a chance to actually develop our skills during our time there. Spending the countless hours in the edit bay paid off and the professors were always happy to help.”
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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