Awards Season

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Sound Pioneer John Meyer Acceptance Speech: TEC Awards Hall of Fame at 2014 NAMM

John Meyer, CEO and co-founder of Meyer Sound Laboratories, was inducted into the TEC Awards Hall of Fame at the 2014 NAMM Show. Following an introduction by Dennis "Wiz" Leonard, long-time FOH mixer of the Grateful Dead, Meyer received the award as he joined Frank Zappa, Phil ... More

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2014 MPSE Golden Reel Award Winners

Continuing its dominance in below the line guilds Sunday night was Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity," which took the top honor of Best Sound Effects and Foley in a feature film at the 2014 Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) Golden Reel Awards. "Captain Phillips," meanwhile, won for dialogue and ADR. Other winners on the ... More

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Cinema Audio Society Plans Tribute to Ray Dolby at 50th CAS Awards

The Cinema Audio Society will present a special tribute to honor the late, Ray Dolby, an American inventor recognized around the world for developing groundbreaking audio technologies at the upcoming 50th Annual CAS Awards. Dolby was the founder of Dolby Laboratories, an environment where ... More

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Shazam Predicts 2014 Grammy Winners

Call it the People's Choice. Shazam, the company whose app is used to identify about 16 million songs a day, on Monday issued its predictions for this Sunday's Grammy winners. The potential winners selected by Shazam are based purely by the number of times the song or album has been tagged. As a result, the winners ... More

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Cinema Audio Society to Honor Producer Edward Zwick with CAS Filmmaker Award

Academy Award® winning producer Edward Zwick will receive the Cinema Audio Society Filmmaker Award at the 50th Annual CAS Awards on February 22, 2014 at the Crystal Ballroom of the historic Millennium-Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles. “It seems fitting that in celebration of 50 ... More

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MPSE Announces Golden Reel Nominees for 2014 Feature Films

The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) announced the nominees for the 61st MPSE Golden Reel Awards in feature film categories. “2013 was a year of incredible movies, and incredible movie sound,” said MPSE president Frank Morrone. “Sound editors continued to advance their craft and find new and ... More

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Cinema Audio Society Announces Nominations for the 50th CAS Awards

The Cinema Audio Society announces the nominees for the 50th Annual CAS Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for 2013 in six categories. “It is exciting that, as we celebrate 50 years of the CAS, there has been an abundance of outstanding sound mixing in film and ... More

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45-Minute Roundtable With Composers Hans Zimmer, Steven Price, Alan Silvestri & More

The latest entry in their awards season roundtables, THR today unveils a 45-minute conversation with Hans Zimmer ("12 Years a Slave," "Rush"), Christophe Beck ("Frozen"), Henry Jackman ("Captain Phillips"), Thomas Newman ("Saving Mr. Banks"), Steven Price ("Gravity") and ... More

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Contender – Sound Designer Steve Boeddeker, All Is Lost

Our Man is alone aboard a 39-foot sailboat traversing the Indian Ocean, 28 million square miles of open sea, when his vessel is struck by a floating cargo container and begins taking on water. With no one else aboard and the radio inoperable because of the influx of seawater, there is truly no one to ... More

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Editing and Sound Design Amplify Metallica Through The Never

The world’s largest indoor stage for music, designed by Mark Fisher, was the ordinary world for Metallica and protagonist Trip in the band’s feature film Metallica Through The Never. Band members James Hetfield (vocals/guitar), Kirk Hammett (lead guitar), Lars Ulrich (drums) and Robert Trujillo ... More

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MPSE to Honor Sound Editor Randy Thom with Career Achievement Award

The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) announces that it will honor Randy Thom (pictured), Director of Sound Design at Skywalker Sound, with its prestigious MPSE Career Achievement Award. He will receive the award at the 61st MPSE Golden Reel Awards ceremony to be held on February 16, ... More

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Contender – Sound Editor Skip Lievsay, Inside Llewyn Davis

The core idea for the sound design of Ethan and Joel Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis was to make the music the “star of the soundtrack for the movie,” explained executive sound editor/re-recording mixer, Skip Lievsay. “In most cases, that was pretty easy to do. Although there were some club scenes and ... More

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MPSE To Honor James Cameron With Filmmaker Award at 2014 Golden Reel Awards

The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) announced that will it be honoring James Cameron with its prestigious MPSE Filmmaker Award at the 61ST MPSE Golden Reel Awards ceremony, Feb. 16 in Los Angeles. “On behalf of The Motion Picture Sound Editors, I am pleased to announce that ... More

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Contender – Sound Editor and Re-Recording Mixer Brandon Proctor, All Is Lost

There are only three lines of dialog in All is Lost and two of them are monosyllabic. Still, after the initial rush of doing a movie with Robert Redford abated, sound editor Brandon Proctor had the same reaction as his colleague, Steve Boeddeker: How are we ever going to do ... More

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Arcade Fire, Lady Gaga, Eminem To Play 1st YouTube Music Awards

Given the way people actually watch music videos these days, or even the way they straight-up listen to music, a YouTube Music Awards show makes way more sense than, say, the continued existence of the MTV Video Music Awards. And this fall, the website will kick off its first-ever annual awards ... More

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Re-recording Mixer, Andy Nelson to be Honored with CAS Career Achievement Award

Cinema Audio Society President, David E. Fluhr, CAS, announced that the organization will honor Re-recording Mixer, Andy Nelson with the Cinema Audio Society’s highest accolade, the CAS Career Achievement Award, to be presented at the 50th CAS Awards on February 22nd, 2014 in ... More

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BEAR MCCREARY EARNS FIRST EMMY® AWARD MAIN TITLE THEME DA VINCI’S DEMONS

On September 15, 2013, composer Bear McCreary earned his first Emmy® Award for the Main Title Theme for DA VINCI’S DEMONS at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. McCreary had been nominated one previous time in the same category for HUMAN TARGET. “To be nominated ... More

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Motion Picture Editors Guild to honor Re-recording Mixer Donald O. Mitchell

The Motion Picture Editors Guild (MPEG) will honor veteran sound re-recording mixer Donald O. Mitchell with its prestigious Fellowship and Service Award on October 5, 2013, at the Sheraton Universal Hotel. The Fellowship and Service Award was established seven years ago by the Guild ... More

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Sound editing win is a tie, only sixth in Oscar history

The competition must have been fierce in the sound editing category at the Oscars, because two movies won: Skyfall and Zero Dark Thirty. It was only the sixth tie in Oscar history. In 1968, Barbara Streisand (Funny Girl) and Katharine Hepburn (The Lion in Winter) tied for best actress. This is ... More

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Oscar-nominated sound editors explain their key challenges (and the sounds you may not know they create)

Early in his career, Zero Dark Thirty‘s supervising sound editor Paul N.J. Ottosson, who won both the sound editing and sound mixing Oscars for The Hurt Locker, his first collaboration with Kathryn Bigelow, would create a sound for everything he saw on ... More

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The Perennials - Oscars 2013

For these two industry veterans, one can’t help but consider the adage “always a bridesmaid, never a bride.” Both composer Newman and sound recording mixer Russell have garnered double-digit Academy Award nominations throughout their storied entertainment careers, but neither has yet to win the coveted gold statuette. Both ... More

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2013 MPSE Golden Reel Award Winners

The Motion Picture Sound Editors announced its nomineees for the 60th MPSE Golden Reel Awards, recognizing sound editors' work in film, television, animation and computer entertainment media. At the Golden Reel Awards, Lee was presented with the Motion Picture Sound Editors’ Filmmaker Award by his Pi ... More

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2013 Cinema Audio Society Winners + Exclusive Video

It was a magical evening for Les Misérables and the Sound Mixing Team of Production Mixer Simon Hayes, Re-recording Mixers Andy Nelson and Mark Paterson, Scoring Mixer Jonathan Allen, ADR Mixer Robert Edwards and Foley Mixer Pete Smith at the 49th Annual CAS Awards. The family adventure won Outstanding Achievement in Sound ... More

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Sound Editing and Sound Mixing Noms Often Overlap

Few categories offer as much confusion in Oscar pools as best sound editing and best sound mixing. Unlike the more esoteric categories where few have seen the nominated films, most of the nominees for these categories often overlap and have worked on blockbuster movies. But while everyone knows the ... More

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MPSE to Honor Ang Lee

On Sunday, the Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) will present director Ang Lee with its annual filmmaker award. The honor recognizes Lee for a body of work that includes such films as Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and The Ice Storm. Lee’s most recent film Life of Pi has been widely praised for its poetic telling ... More

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Greg P. Russell on finding the nuance in action with Sam Mendes and 'Skyfall'

Being in sound mixer Greg P. Russell's shoes at the Oscars must be an interesting experience. He's been 14 times, you see (double nominated in 1998). But he's never heard his name called. He's watched his work on high-octane action hits like "The Rock," "Spider-Man" and the ... More

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Inside Oscars' New VIP Lounge

When nominees such as Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway and Ben Affleck mingle over cocktails at this year’s Oscars, they will be among the first to enjoy the exclusive Dolby VIP Lounge's sexy new redesign that resembles what sound "looks like.” On Oscar Night, it will only be accessible to the nominees and VIPs seated in the ... More

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Wylie Stateman Saddles up with Sound Devices 788T for Django Unchained

When supervising sound editor Wylie Statemen sought a field recorder capable of providing the high sonic quality needed to capture background and sound effects for Quentin Tarantino’s Academy Award-nominated film Django Unchained, he turned to Sound Devices’ 788T digital audio recorder. ... More

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Wylie Stateman on experiencing sound in a Quentin Tarantino movie

Supervising sound editor Wylie Stateman earned his sixth Oscar nomination this year for “Django Unchained.” The soft-spoken industry veteran has now managed to earn ... More

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'Argo' Sound Mixers Pumped Up the Tense Tehran Volume, Kept Things Quiet for Tinseltown Titters

Sound mixers John Reitz and Gregg Rudloff have been working as a team for 30 years and previously won joint Oscars for "The Matrix." But working on "Argo" sent them down a very different kind of rabbit hole, in which they felt like they were mixing three different ... More