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The Sound Team for The Revenant Shines at the 52nd Annual CAS Awards

February 2016
The Sound Team for <em>The Revenant</em> Shines at the 52<sup>nd</sup> Annual CAS Awards

The Cinema Audio Society revealed its 52nd annual award winners at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Feb. 20. Taking home top honors for outstanding achievement in sound mixing were the teams from The Revenant in the motion picture live-action category and Inside Out in an animated feature. »

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For Your Consideration – The Oscar-Nominated Sound Editors

February 2016
For Your Consideration – The Oscar-Nominated Sound Editors

The Academy Awards honors two categories in sound that may seem confounding but there’s a simple distinction between the awards. Sound editing references all the sound elements created for a film besides its music – the sound effects, foley, dialogue, or ADR – an example, the lightsaber in Star Wars or you can look... »

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For Your Consideration – The Oscar-Nominated Sound Mixers

February 2016
For Your Consideration – The Oscar-Nominated Sound Mixers

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded the same year The Jazz Singer was released and recognized the first achievement in sound during its third awards show. Douglas Shearer for The Big House (1929-1930). Eighty-five galas later, five prestigious films fill the best sound mixing category as nominees – Bridge of... »

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Contenders – Sound Mixers Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Drew Kunin, Bridge Of Spies

February 2016
Contenders – Sound Mixers Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Drew Kunin, <em>Bridge Of Spies</em>

Director Steven Spielberg followed up the 2012 success of Lincoln with another true life story in Bridge of Spies. Taking place at the height of the Cold War attorney James Donovan (Tom Hanks) is tasked with defending accused Russian operative Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance). He then later negotiates a swap for an American pilot... »

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Contenders – Sound Editors Matthew Wood and David Acord, Star Wars The Force Awakens

February 2016
Contenders – Sound Editors Matthew Wood and David Acord, <em>Star Wars The Force Awakens</em>

One of the most iconic weapons in movie history is the lightsaber. We’ve all imagined having the real thing and a few of us have even been enshrined in a viral hit like the Star Wars Kid. But if you were to break down the lightsaber mechanically there isn’t much to it: a handle,... »

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The Revenant and Scandal Take Top Honors At The SOC Awards

February 2016
<em>The Revenant</em> and <em>Scandal</em> Take Top Honors At The SOC Awards

The Society of Camera Operators held its annual lifetime achievement awards at the Paramount Theatre in Los Angeles this past weekend. The evening’s two competitive honors went to P. Scott Sakamoto as camera operator of the year in feature films for his miraculous work on The Revenant, and Steve Fracol was honored as camera... »

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Contender – Sound Editor Alan Robert Murray, Sicario

February 2016
Contender – Sound Editor Alan Robert Murray, <em>Sicario</em>

If the words “based on a true story” humbly appeared on the screen of director Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario you wouldn’t think twice about its integrity after watching it unfold. What makes it so believable is its standout narrative that’s anchored to the cold realities of the U.S.-Mexico drug war. The imagery from cinematographer Roger... »

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Contenders – Sound Mixers Stuart Wilson, Andy Nelson and Christopher Scarabosio, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

January 2016
Contenders – Sound Mixers Stuart Wilson, Andy Nelson and Christopher Scarabosio, <em>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</em>

When executive producer Jason McGatlin called production sound mixer Stuart Wilson about an unnamed project he was developing, the conversation was short, but after setting up a time to meet he ended it with, “If you put two and two together, you could maybe guess what it is.” Turns out, it was J.J. Abrams... »

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Contender – The Sound of The Revenant

January 2016
Contender – The Sound of <em>The Revenant</em>

With 12 Oscar nominations, director Alejandro Iñárritu’s The Revenant leads the way, including a best picture and director nod. He won both awards for Birdman in 2015. The Revenant is a terrifying tale of survival that shows how far one man must go to overcome the harshest conditions. Set in the 19th-century American-West, the... »

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Magic In The Moonlight Celebrates Make-Up Magazine’s 20-Year Anniversary

January 2016

More than 200 hundred people gathered at the Pasadena Convention Center in an evening that celebrated not only Make-Up Artist magazine’s 20-year anniversary, but the make-up industry itself and the creative artists behind it. Hosted by Matt Winston, son of Stan Winston and founder of the Stan Winston School of Character Arts and McKenzie... »

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