Awards Season

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'Lincoln' Mixer Had to Balance Sound of Clock Ticks With Congressional Blowhards

Gary Rydstrom has been working with Steven Spielberg as a sound re-recording mixer since 1989's "Always," and his mantleful of seven Oscars includes four that he picked up working on Spielberg films, including "Saving Private Ryan" and "Jurassic Park." And last year he was ... More

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Oscar Sound 2013: SKYFALL

###On getting started on a complex film Baker Landers: When Per and I get the film we’ll sit down and watch it through, trying to get a feel for how we want to approach the sound design. Of course, there are your nuts-and-bolts things you have to do. We may watch a film two or three times, just to see as a whole where we’re ... More

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Grammy sound team goes for a knockout

"At the end of this show you kind of feel like you were in a fight, but you won," says veteran Grammy mixer John Harris. "We'll have 20 acts and there are no throwaway acts," says Harris, who has been mixing the Grammys for 20 years. "They're all equally important and worthy of our time and effort." Because there ... More

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For 'Life of Pi,' the Secret to Its Sound Is in the Silence

Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" was a famously difficult movie to pull off, a philosophical and spiritual journey featuring a young protagonist (don't work with kids) stranded on the open sea (don't work on water) with his only companion, a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker (don't work with animals). Throw ... More

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The sounds of 'Lincoln,' 'Django' and 'Skyfall'

Thanks to this year's Oscar nominees for sound editing and sound mixing, filmgoers got an earful of the 38th U.S. Congress, so-called Mandingo fighting and James Bond's Aston Martin DB5. Sound editors design, collect or create the sounds heard in a film; sound mixers blend the elements of dialogue, sound effects and ... More

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For Your Consideration – What Makes for Award-Winning Sound Editing

It’s a given that all the top choices for best sound editing are first-rate candidates. After all, if a picture is an awards contender, every element of the film, including sound, has to be at the top-tier of its craft to even be under consideration. Ultimately though, the best sound editing ... More

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Paperman - Full Animated Disney Short Film

Paperman is a 2012 black-and-white animated short film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and directed by John Kahrs. The short blends traditional animation and computer animation. The short has received a nomination for Best Animated Short Film at the 85th Academy Awards. ###Plot: A man is standing ... More

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Society of Camera Operators Announces Awards Nominees

The Society of Camera Operators (SOC) announced the nominees for its camera operator of the year for film and camera operator of the year for television awards. These awards are two of the highlights of the 21st Lifetime Achievement Awards, scheduled for March 9 at The Leonard Goldenson Theatre at the ... More

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The 28th Annual TEC Awards Winners

Mix magazine congratulates the nominees and winners at the 28th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards, held Friday, January 25, at the 2013 Winter NAMM show. This year's award winners include the design teams responsible for the past year’s groundbreaking audio production tools, as well as the sound ... More

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DP/30: Skyfall, sound re-recording mixer Greg Russell

Greg P. Russell is an American sound engineer. He has been nominated for sixteen Academy Awards in the category Best Sound. He has worked on nearly 200 films since 1970. He won a Daytime Emmy Award in 1989 for Outstanding Film Sound Mixing in his work on Muppet Babies. David Poland & Greg Russell ... More

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James Horner to Receive Max Steiner Award

James Horner has been chosen as the recipient of this year’s Max Steiner Film Music Achievement Award, which will be presented at the annual Hollywood in Vienna Concert at Vienna Concert Hall on October 4, 2013. The Max Steiner Award honors extraordinary achievements within the genre of film music by the musical ... More

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Kathryn Bigelow Defends 'Zero Dark Thirty' on 'Colbert'

Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow addressed criticism about torture scenes in the movie during an interview last night on The Colbert Report, saying that while "torture is reprehensible," so-called enhanced interrogation was part of the search for terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden. "We ... More

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Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Names Hall of Fame Inductees

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame committee announced new inductees to its 22nd Hall of Fame. Additionally, this year’s Hall of Fame ceremony will benefit the Television Academy Foundation’s Archive of American Television, a collection of hundreds of video interviews ... More

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For Your Consideration – Judging the Invisible Art of Editing

Of all the collaborative filmmaking crafts, editing is perhaps the hardest creative art to judge, yet among the most critical in terms of shaping the story. Although during the course of the production the editor usually puts the initial edit together, sometimes with little input from the ... More

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Immersed in Movies: Revisiting 'Brave' with Director Mark Andrews

Pixar isn't used to playing the dark horse, but that's where the animation powerhouse currently finds itself in this year's Oscar race with "Brave." But last night the Scottish mother/daughter adventure/comedy won the Golden Globe and seized some momentum over its two Disney rivals, ... More

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2012 CAS Technical Achievement Awards Nominees

The Cinema Audio Society announced the nominees for the 9th Annual CAS Technical Achievement Awards for Production and Post-Production. Board President, David E. Fluhr, CAS made the announcement after a Blue Ribbon panel met to determine this year’s nominees. Winners will be announced at the 49th Annual ... More

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MPSE Golden Reel Awards Nominees Announced

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. “2012 was a spectacular year for sound,” said MPSE president Bobbi Banks. “We offer our sincere congratulations to this ... More

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MPSE Career Achievement Honoree John Roesch on a Life in Sound

Next month, the Motion Picture Editors Guild (MPSE) will present John Roesch with its 2013 Career Achievement Award. It’s a crowning achievement for the veteran Foley artist, whose career spans more than three decades and over 400 films, including such classics as The Dark Knight, The Dark ... More

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"Twenty Feet From Stardom" Music Doc Premieres at Sundance Festival

What would a pop song be without the riffs, refrains, and harmonies of its backup vocalists? Although these singers are usually relegated to the margins, and few, if any, become household names, their work has defined countless songs that remain in our hearts and collective ... More

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Sound & Music Oscar Nominations 2013

###Achievement in sound editing "Argo" Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn "Django Unchained" Wylie Stateman "Life of Pi" Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton "Skyfall" Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers "Zero Dark Thirty" Paul N.J. Ottosson ###Achievement in sound mixing "Argo" John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose ... More

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BAFTA Nominations 2013 Announced!

After that, Argo had seven nods, Anna Karenina six and there were five apiece for Zero Dark Thirty and Django Unchained. The Master and Amour both took four nods while Silver Linings Playbook and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (the latter entirely in the technical categories) saw three each. The Best Film nominees are ... More

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Cinema Audio Society Announces 2012 Nominations

The Cinema Audio Society announces the nominees for the 49th Annual CAS Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for 2012 in six categories. “These nominations reflect the best work in Sound Mixing for motion pictures and television as determined by the voting members of the Cinema Audio Society ... More

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'Skyfall' Builds Academy Support, Composer Thomas Newman Overdue

"Skyfall" could land a surprising number of Oscar nominations when they are announced on January 10. James Bond films, while they have been popular over the decades with Academy voters as popcorn entertainment, have not been Oscar contenders except for the occasional technical or song ... More

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Ben Burtt and Lincoln’s sound design

Sound designer Ben Burtt began his career in 1975, and his innovations were quickly recognized by the Academy who gave him Special Achievement Awards for Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Burtt went on to win competitive Oscars for his work on E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. In ... More

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Academy Extends Oscar Nominations Voting Period

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has extended the deadline for members to vote for Oscar nominations by one day to Friday, 5.p.m. PST. (The original date was Thursday, Jan. 3, 5 p.m. PST). Members may vote online or submit a paper ballot. Any votes received after the new deadline will not be ... More

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Contender – Sound Mixer Simon Hayes, Les Misérables

The buzz around town reported by some press has been that the singing in Les Misérables was unique because it was recorded live, something that had never been done before in a movie musical. Production sound mixer Simon Hayes wants to set the record straight. “That’s not what we’re claiming, and we never did ... More

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Contender – Sound Editor Wylie Stateman, Django Unchained

For Quentin Tarantino, sound is extremely important. He has stated that even before he starts writing, he selects an opening credit theme song, and that starts the writing process. According to Wylie Stateman, supervising sound editor on Tarantino’s new picture Django Unchained, “Quentin has a very ... More

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Immersed in Movies: Sound Designer Paul Ottosson Talks 'Zero Dark Thirty'

Sound designer/re-recording mixer Paul Ottosson creates the year's most complex and disturbing soundscape with "Zero Dark Thirty," easily surpassing his work on "The Hurt Locker," which earned him two Oscars. Indeed, his strategy of maximizing audience identification with the obsessive ... More

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Contender – Sound Editor Brent Burge, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

One of the hardest things for the sound team on a big picture like The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the prequel to the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, is to make it sound familiar and yet new and fresh at the same time. Supervising sound editor Brent Burge had his hands full doing ... More

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Quentin Tarantino Demanded -- and Got -- a Whole New Language of Sound Effects for 'Django Unchained'

The director sent his team of sound designers on a hunt for the perfect acoustical environments to capture the film's gunshots and whipcracks. If the gunshots and whipcracks in Django Unchained sound strange, it's because director Quentin Tarantino ordered his ... More