About

Joe Griffin’s work as a recording engineer and sound designer over the past 25 years encompasses a wide variety of media, including theatre, film, music, corporate communications and advertising.

In the world of indie film, Joe wears a number of hats, notably dialog editor, sound designer, ADR/Foley recordist and re-recording mixer. His filmography includes Nebula Creatives’ short film Out of Sight, which was screened at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival; Hot Diggity Productions’ feature Scary Normal; Sigsaly Entertainment’s shorts Fate Accompli, The Judas Run and Portunus; and Jiang Hu Productions’ feature The Sad Cafè. Additionally, Joe sound-designed and mixed trailers for the award-winning zombie feature Chrysalis for Glass City Films, as well as recording ADR and DVD commentary.

Theatrical sound design work in Chicago includes The (edward) Hopper Project with WNEP in conjunction with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs; Ellen Under Glass with House Theatre of Chicago; Coronado and Otherwise Engaged with Steep Theatre Company; and three years as designer/composer for A Klingon Christmas Carol with Commedia Beauregard. Other theatre work includes Measure for Measure, Hamlet, Angels in America and Machinal at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, IL, and These Shining Lives, Richard III, Harvest and Macbeth at Oakton Community College in Glenview, IL.

Animation sound work includes the award-winning “Getting to Know” educational series which features artists such as Andy Warhol, Rembrandt, da Vinci, and Van Gogh, as well as U.S. Presidents Washington, Adams, Jefferson and Lincoln.

Joe’s advertising experience is extensive. Since 1992 he has worked on radio, TV and web advertisements for national and international businesses such as Dove, Sears, Suave, Allstate, American Family Insurance, BP, 7-Eleven, Miller Lite and the Chicago Blackhawks.

In 1996, Joe and business partner Steve Baldwin pioneered the field of sound effects specifically designed for use in tabletop roleplaying. Their Game Masters Collection effects continue to define the state of the art for purpose-built tabletop RPG sound. Joe has recently launched his own series of high-resolution sound effects libraries aimed at audio production professionals.

A graduate of Michigan State University and alumnus of Columbia College Chicago, Joe also served on the Professional Advisory Committee at the Illinois Institute of Art for five years.

Contact Joe: griffinsounddesign@gmail.com

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