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60th MPSE Golden Reel Awards

February 2013
60th MPSE Golden Reel Awards

Life of Pi was the big winner at the 60th Annual Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) Golden Reel awards at the Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles Sunday night. »

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

January 2013
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 is linked to... »

Posted in Awards, Featured, Film, For Your Consideration, Sound |

Contender – Sound Editor Wylie Stateman, Django Unchained

December 2012
Contender – Sound Editor Wylie Stateman, <em>Django Unchained</em>

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 holistic view about filmmaking. That begins with his... »

Posted in Awards, Contender Portfolios, Featured, Film, Sound |

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

December 2012
Contender – Sound Editor Brent Burge, <em>The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey</em>

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... »

Posted in Awards, Contender Portfolios, Featured, Film, Sound |

Contender – Composer Dan Romer, Beasts of the Southern Wild

December 2012
Contender – Composer Dan Romer, <em>Beasts of the Southern Wild</em>

One of the more unusual soundtracks from this year’s crop of Oscar contender films comes from a relative newcomer, Dan Romer, who co-composed the score for the movie Beasts of the Southern Wild with another relative newcomer, director Benh Zeitlin. »

Posted in Contender Portfolios, Featured, Film |

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

December 2012
Contender – Sound Mixer Michael Semanick, <em>The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey</em>

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... »

Posted in Awards, Contender Portfolios, Featured, Film, Sound |

Contender – Sound Editor Eugene Gearty, Life Of Pi

December 2012
Contender – Sound Editor Eugene Gearty, <em>Life Of Pi</em>

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... »

Posted in Awards, Contender Portfolios, Featured, Film, Sound |

Contender – Sound Mixer Drew Kunin, Life Of Pi

December 2012
Contender – Sound Mixer Drew Kunin, <em>Life Of Pi</em>

For production sound mixer Drew Kunin, working on director Ang Lee's Life Of Pi was anything but business as usual. »

Posted in Awards, Contender Portfolios, Featured, Film, Sound |

Contender – Supervising Sound Editor Eric Aadahl, Argo

November 2012
Contender – Supervising Sound Editor Eric Aadahl, <em>Argo</em>

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 philosophy, Aadahl started looking up archival... »

Posted in Awards, Contender Portfolios, Featured, Film, Sound |

Contender – Supervising Sound Editor Shannon Mills, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

January 2012
Contender – Supervising Sound Editor Shannon Mills, <em>Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides</em>

On any franchise it gets tough to “keep it fresh” when it comes to sound. On the fourth installment of Walt Disney Pictures’ Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, three-time winner and nine-time Golden Reel Nominee, supervising sound editor Shannon Mills puts it like this, “We wanted to come up with a fresh... »

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