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The 54th Annual Cinema Audio Society Awards February 24th

February 2018
The 54th Annual Cinema Audio Society Awards February 24th

    The 54th Annual Cinema Audio Society Awards (CAS), presented by Dolby Labs, recognizing Outstanding Achievements in film and television sound mixing will be held Saturday, Feb. 24th at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel. Joe Wright, Oscar nominated for Darkest Hour, is to receive the CAS Filmmaker Award this year, and Anna Behlmer... »

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65th Annual MPSE Awards

February 2018
65th Annual MPSE Awards

Golden Reel: Blade Runner 2049 and War for the Planet of the Apes Win Top Honors   Blade Runner 2049 captured the Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing in Feature Film for FX/Foley and War for the Planet of the Apes took the prize for Best Sound Editing in Dialogue/ADR.  Blade Runner 2049... »

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Oscar Nominated Best Song: Diane Warren and Common Stand Up For Something

February 2018
Oscar Nominated Best Song: Diane Warren and Common Stand Up For Something

  Written for the movie Marshall, the genesis of the Diane Warren and Common collaboration, Stand Up for Something, began with two lines that “just popped” into Warren’s head: “It all means nothing, if you don’t stand up for something.” “It’s so simple, but it’s profound, because it’s really the truth,” stated Warren. “If... »

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Composer Alexandre Desplat Speaks To The Shape of Water

February 2018
Composer Alexandre Desplat Speaks To The Shape of Water

  Composer Alexandre Desplat heard about the project three years ago and read the script for director Guillermo del Toro’s film, The Shape of Water before production began, but didn’t see the film until the cut was almost complete in January of 2017, and didn’t start composing until April of that year for recording... »

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Oscar Nominated Sound Designers Theo Green & Mark Mangini – Blade Runner 2049

February 2018
Oscar Nominated Sound Designers Theo Green & Mark Mangini – Blade Runner 2049

For director Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049, sound designers Theo Green and Mark Mangini relished the challenge of creating the film’s soundtrack without the use of any off-the-shelf effects. The director tasked them to “compose with sound.” Everything heard in the film’s universe was “created from whole cloth” by sound designers and sound editors.... »

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Oscar Nominated Sound Designer Richard King – Dunkirk

February 2018
Oscar Nominated Sound Designer Richard King – Dunkirk

  For Richard King, designing the sound for director Christopher Nolan’s WWII war epic, Dunkirk, “was quite a journey,” which began with reading books to get into the history. In particular the book, Voices of Dunkirk, provided first hand accounts of participants in the event. The research gave him “a global understanding of what... »

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Oscar Nominated Best Documentary Feature Last Men In Aleppo

February 2018
Oscar Nominated Best Documentary Feature <em>Last Men In Aleppo</em>

In 2013, during the siege of Aleppo by the Assad regime, director Feras Fayyad started shooting on his own, following the White Helmets, the volunteer first responders who organized to protect their neighborhoods and save the civilian lives impacted by Russian bombs. He wanted to learn why people remained in their homes despite the... »

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68th Annual ACE Eddie Awards

January 2018
68th Annual ACE Eddie Awards

Dunkirk, I, Tonya And Coco Take Top Honors   The 68th annual ACE Eddie Awards recognized the best editing of 2017 with trophies handed out in ten categories of film, television and documentaries. Lee Smith, ACE, took home the Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic) Eddie for Dunkirk, while Tatiana S. Riegel, ACE, won Best... »

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Oscar Nominee: Costume Designer Luis Sequeira, The Shape of Water

January 2018
Oscar Nominee: Costume Designer Luis Sequeira, <em>The Shape of Water</em>

Originally, director Guillermo del Toro told Luis Sequeira he wanted to film The Shape of Water in black and white.                   “I started on this personal journey looking at textiles, photographing them in color, then in black and white,” revealed Sequeira. “I was on this really fascinating... »

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Academy Award Nominee for Best Picture – Darkest Hour

January 2018
Academy Award Nominee for Best Picture – <em>Darkest Hour</em>

While British troops are trapped with their backs to the sea at Dunkirk by the advancing German army, Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) faces his Darkest Hour – whether to negotiate with Hitler for peace or go to war with Germany. Director Joe Wright wanted to work on a pure drama and likes... »

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