Awards Season


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


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


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


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


Contender – Sound Editor Richard King, The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises, the latest film in Christopher Nolan‘s Batman trilogy, is the fourth film that sound designer Richard King has done with the director. King, who has been designing sound for a long time, went into the film without a grand vision because he believes “having preconceptions are ... More


Les Misérables - Craft Featurette: Sound Mixing / Editing

If you are itching to see Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables" on Christmas day, check out the featurette with details on sound mixing/editing and are complete with footage and commentary from the cast and crew. ###ABOUT THE FILM: Les Misérables is a British musical drama film produced by Working Title ... More


Contender – Sound Mixer Michael Semanick, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Everyone is talking about shooting the new Peter Jackson film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in 48 frames per second – as opposed to the normal 24 fps – and what the doubled frame rate does to enhance the 3D in the movie, but just as new and unusual is mixing the sound in the Dolby ... More


Django Unchained interview with Mike Minkler, Tony Lamberti, and Mark Ulano

Writer David Poland chats with Django Unchained's re-recording mixers Mike Minkler and Tony Lamberti and production sound mixer Mark Ulano. Django (Jamie Foxx) is a slave living in the Deep South after having been separated from his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington). When Django ... More


Contender – Sound Mixer Paul Ottosson, Zero Dark Thirty

With Zero Dark Thirty, sound designer and re-recording mixer Paul Ottosson continued the collaboration with director Kathryn Bigelow that started with The Hurt Locker – a partnership, which garnered him two Oscar wins. “We have a lot of the same views, in regards to sound,” said Ottosson. “Neither one of ... More


Contender – Sound Editor Eugene Gearty, Life Of Pi

Sound design on director Ang Lee’s Life Of Pi required a tremendous amount of ocean sounds for a major part of the movie that takes place aboard small life boat adrift in the Pacific ocean. The epic journey begins after a disaster at sea that strands a young man, Pi Patel, alone except for an unlikely ... More


First Listen To Alexandre Desplat's Score For 'Zero Dark Thirty'

If there's one movie that seemingly everyone is talking about, it's "Zero Dark Thirty," "Hurt Locker" director Kathryn Bigelow's harrowing account of the ten-year chase for Osama Bin Laden. The film is quickly accumulating a number of significant critics' prizes, topping many year-end lists and ... More


2012 Golden Globe Nominees for Best Score

The 70th Annual Golden Globes Nominees have been announced. As we do here at Tracksounds, we present the most important category for the soundtrack-genius right up front! You'll likely find this year's nominees fairly predictable. Zero Dark Thirty might be the more intriguing score from Desplat this year, but it ... More


Contender – Sound Mixer Drew Kunin, Life Of Pi

For production sound mixer Drew Kunin, working on director Ang Lee‘s Life Of Pi was anything but business as usual. To tell the story of a young castaway that survives a cross-ocean journey in a lifeboat with a Bengal Tiger, Kunin had to travel to exotic locations in India as well as to Taiwan, but that was ... More


Jonathan Demme to Receive CAS Filmmaker Award

Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme will receive the Cinema Audio Society’s filmmaker award at the 49th CAS Awards, on Feb. 16, at the Crystal Ballroom of the Millennium-Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles. “We are thrilled to be honoring Jonathan Demme,” said CAS president David Fluhr. “Jonathan’s career ... More


Contender – Supervising Sound Editor Eric Aadahl, Argo

Sometimes sound design starts with research, according to Erik Aadahl, supervising sound editor and sound designer for Argo. He offered, “Authenticity is so important in a film like this, based on true events.” After reading the script and meeting with Ben Affleck to discuss the director’s thoughts and ... More


Foley Artist John Roesch to Receive MPSE Career Achievement Award

The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) will recognize veteran Foley artist John Roesch (pictured) with its 2013 Career Achievement Award, to be presented at the 60th MPSE Golden Reel Awards on February 17, 2013 in Los Angeles. Roesch is the first Foley artist to receive the MPSE Career ... More


Contenders – Sound Mixers Scott Millan and Greg Russell, Skyfall

From blasting bullets and the purr of an Aston Martin to propulsive music and exotic atmospherics, the suave and kinetic sound world of the 007 films has long been an alluring aspect of the popular film franchise, now celebrating its 50th year with the recent release of Skyfall. “Sound has ... More


2012 Annie Award Nominations for Best Music

One of this year's first list of award nominees are the Annies. Over the years, the Annies were one of the few organizations that didn't appear to automatically hand the latest Pixar feature every award possible, which, among other things, made their annual awards interesting to follow. This year, I find them ... More