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Parade of Carts – Ingenious Solutions for Production Sound

April 2013
Parade of Carts – Ingenious Solutions for Production Sound

"I got my start when things were much simpler," said veteran production sound mixer, Jeff Wexler, CAS, as he showcased his current sound cart, the seventh in his decades long career. His first cart, adapted from a rolling television table from Sears, which only "made it through one movie," was followed by a sturdier... »

Posted in Featured, Gear, Sound |

Contender – Sound Mixer Simon Hayes, Les Misérables

December 2012
Contender – Sound Mixer Simon Hayes, <em>Les Misérables</em>

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... »

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

Motion Picture Sound Editors 59th Annual Golden Reel Awards

February 2012
Motion Picture Sound Editors 59th Annual Golden Reel Awards

The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) honored their own at the 59th Annual Golden Reel Awards with top feature film honors going to War Horse, Super 8, The Adventures of Tintin, The Muppets and Hugo. In all, 21 Golden Reels were presented to sound crews in film, television, direct-to-video and computer entertainment. »

Posted in Awards, Featured, Film, Sound, Television |

Jennifer Yuh Nelson on the Passion and Creative Collaboration of Kung Fu Panda 2

May 2011
Jennifer Yuh Nelson on the Passion and Creative Collaboration of <em>Kung Fu Panda 2</em>

In the Dreamworks Animation's action-packed Kung Fu Panda 2, Jack Black reprises the role as Po, the rotund Martial Arts Panda. Much of the crew also returned to work on the sequel, including director Jennifer Yuh, who was elevated from the story department to helm the film. Telling a darker story than that of... »

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Posted in Animation, Awards, Contender Portfolios, Director Series, Featured, Film, Visual FX |

The State of Incentives

May 2011

The entertainment industry is mobile, technologically clean, and capital and labor-intensive, making it an attractive business to many communities. Film production incentives by federal governments, various states and other local jurisdictions are enacted to encourage economic growth, build infrastructure and promote job creation. Aside from sales tax exemptions/refunds and hotel tax relief, cash rebates,... »

Posted in Community, Featured, Film, Television |

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