Victoria Sampson: Award-winning producer, writer & director

Victoria Sampson is an award-winning producer/writer/director, film and sound editor. With over 201 Sound credits, including sound editing on Academy Award winning films for Sound, “Speed” and “The River,” she has also won 4 Golden Reel Awards and an Emmy for her sound work. Victoria is a member of AMPAS (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the Sound Branch since 1988) and MPSE (Motion Picture Sound Editors) as well as Women in Film, Women in Media, LA Sound Sisters and is a graduate of the AFI's acclaimed Directing Workshop for Women. She has written, directed, produced and edited three award winning 30+ minute short films, one of which is “Click Three Times” which was written, directed and edited by Vickie and stars ISABEL SANFORD (from TVs “The Jeffersons”) “Click” played in over 50 festivals and won over 30 awards both nationally and internationally, including the Russian Disability Film Festival.

What do you love most about Your City?

I’ve lived in So California my whole life. In 2006, I moved to Shadow Hills so I could be part of the equestrian community.  I love that I can get on my horse (who lives in my backyard) and ride the over 640 acres in the Hansen Dam area. I love that I’m only 20 minutes from most studios (except Sony of course!) and yet I’m in a rural setting with the smell of hay and horses everywhere.  And the horse poop to avoid in the streets!

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

One of my favorite breakfasts is up at our neighborhood restaurant The Rise N Shine!  It’s homey, family owned and operated and has hundreds of pictures of horses on the walls! They have great omelets and good prices. I also like Paty’s in Toluca Lake because now they serve amazing gluten-free pancakes!

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – Sleeping unless I’m directing a film.

10:00 AM – Sometimes still sleeping!  I’m usually up by 9 now to take our little dog downstairs for her meds and pee pee. She has congestive heart failure so my time is devoted to making sure she is okay.  Since I retired from my 40 year career as a feature film sound editor, I love to get up – feed the chickens, check on the horses, have my coffee and check my email/facebook and hopefully, get to my writing,  editing or making shot lists for my next film!

12:00 PM - Favorite Power Lunch spot/meal?

Unless I have a lunch date, I usually eat at home.  I’m a vegetarian now so I prefer to eat food at home. I do like to have meetings and brunch items at Aroma Café on Tujunga in Studio City. It’s on a quaint block of cool shops – a throwback to a slower time.  It’s always packed though but great for meetings and hanging out.  

7:00 PM -  I’m a night owl so my day isn’t in the least bit over!  Since it’s getting darker earlier now, I will go feed the horses their night meal.  If I’m editing one of my films or working on someone else’s film, hours can go by and I won’t have noticed.  The TV will be on as noise but I can do my writing and or film/sound editing from my station that’s part of the living room.  Since it’s Oscar time, there are also many screening events to go to so we might be out hanging with celebrities!

11:00 PM – Still working on editing or writing or watching a little TV.  I go to bed around 1am because of Pinky’s meds she gets at 12:30.  We like to catch up on the news – Rachel Maddow and watch Colbert.

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

My drink of choice is water. I’ll have coffee but not after 4pm (or it keeps me awake all night!)

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

I admit it. I love checking in on my friends, news and colleagues on Facebook.  I like to post what I’m up to as a sort of marketing plan to keep me as a director and as a sound editor in people’s minds.  It’s funny that when people see Janet (my wife, who is a Rabbi) out in the world, they tell her they already know what we’re up to because of my posts!  

I do love my daughter Sarah’s instagram as she’s a jewelry designer and a good photographer.  https://www.instagram.com/sdjewelry/  My grandsons, Braden (11) and Emmett (8) live in Denver and are also learning to make jewelry! I love posting photos of my granddaughter Zelda (she's 3 1/2) on facebook since she lives here in LA with her mommy Amy, an artist, filmmaker and photographer. Zelda loves my horses and is learning to ride!

I don’t do twitter or instagram too much because it’s just all too many hours spent on this kind of stuff!  And I can’t figure out who people are when they have a funny name on instagram!

What should everyone try at least once?

I think people should try and see the world through someone else’s eyes, just to experience what that might be like.  Especially if you disagree with their point of view, be it politics or religion.  Try eating bugs if you want. I won’t be one of those people!

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

A long time ago, I read someone’s book where they said they love to go to a new place and just let themselves get lost.  It’s harder these days with our GPS to get lost anywhere.  I think wherever you have no agenda, you should let yourself be lost. But not in the woods. Alone. Or in a third world country.  It’s also fun getting lost on a horse because they can usually figure out how to get you back home!   I also like getting lost in a book or in a movie – being taken on a journey that I might otherwise not know anything about.