Behind the Scenes: Q&A with Rafael Lugo

Rafael Lugo

Audio Engineer & Sound Designer

Your toughest moment during production?

I would have to say my toughest moment during the making of the film was when I received my first audio file folder containing well over 50 clips of audio. Of course, it was due in the morning so I was like “Alright, let’s get to work”.

The deadlines were tough. But the added pressure gave me valuable experience points I needed to really level up.

Your biggest highlight during production?

Being able to listen to everyone’s story was definitely a huge highlight for me. Knowing that I was able to help add clarity to their message is what really hits home.

Which podcaster’s story touched you most?

I would have to say I found a little inspiration in every story. That’s the beautiful thing about The Messengers: A Podcast Documentary, you fall in love with the community.

Did you ever think making this movie would be so difficult or challenging?

I knew I had a challenge ahead but then again who doesn’t love to be challenged. 

What are you most proud of?

Getting a standing ovation at the first screening was definitely an iconic and memorable moment for me. It felt amazing to know that all the hard work and sleepless nights paid off.

What would you say to podcasters reading this about the future of podcasting vs radio?

That’s a tough one. Podcasting feels a bit more personal than radio in my opinion, but they both have their strengths.

What was something you learned in making this film that surprised you?

That I can function on just two hours sleep every 48 hours. As long as I have my cup of coffee, I’m absolutely good to go!

Two fun facts about you we probably wouldn’t guess by looking at you.

I’m actually a pretty good singer/songwriter and I enjoy a good long drive with some old country records!

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