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Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards

February 20, 2019 | By

66thMPSEHonoring outstanding achievements in sound editing, the 66th Annual Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) Awards took place on Sunday, February 17th at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles with over a thousand in attendance. Golden Reels were handed out in 23 categories encompassing feature films, long-form and short-form television, animation, documentaries, games, special venue and other media.

In his opening address, MPSE president, Tom McCarthy, commented, “We are storytellers who serve filmmakers and producers by creating immersive audio experiences that wrap audiences in visual landscapes and dialog-driven stories on screens around the world.” McCarthy also announced the creation of the Entertainment Industry Professional Mentoring Alliance (EIPMA), an organization devoted to nurturing the next generation of diverse filmmakers.

“Sound is important to cinema, it is half of the experience,” said A Quiet Place supervising sound editor, Ethan Van der Ryn, in accepting the Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Effects/Foley for his team that included supervising sound editor, Erik Aadahl, MPSE; sound effects editors, Brandon Jones, Justin M. Davey, MPSE; foley artists, Steve Baine, Peter Persaud; and foley editor, Jonathan Klein. 

Left to Right - Actress Kirsten Vangsness, MPSE President Tom McCarthy, Actress Jasmin Savoy Brown, and Actor and Producer Edward James Olmos

Left to Right – Actress Kirsten Vangsness, MPSE President Tom McCarthy, Actress Jasmin Savoy Brown, and Actor and Producer Edward James Olmos

Bohemian Rhapsody took two of the top feature awards garnering Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Dialogue/ADR and Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Musical for supervising sound editor, John Warhurst; supervising ADR/dialogue editor, Nina Hartston; ADR/dialogue editor, Jens Petersen; supervising music editor, John Warhurst; and music editor, Neil Stemp.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse went home with both Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Feature Animation and Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Music Score. The team includes supervising sound editors, Geoffrey Rubay, Curt Schulkey; sound designer, John Pospisil; sound effects editors, Kip Smedley, Andy Sisul, MPSE, David Werntz, Christopher Aud, MPSE, Ando Johnson, Benjamin Cook, MPSE, Mike Reagan, Donald Flick; dialogue editors, James Morioka, Matthew E. Taylor; foley artists, Gary Hecker, MPSE, Michael Broomberg, Rick Owens, MPSE; and foley editor, Alec Rubay.

Director, screenwriter, producer and Academy Award nominee, Michael Mann, presented the 2019 MPSE Filmmaker Award to director Antoine Fuqua. Joining Mann as honorary presenters were re-recording mixer, Steve Pederson, and supervising sound editor, Mandell Winter. In his introduction of the director’s work, Pederson, who has worked on most of the director’s films since 2001, noted, “We are fortunate to be the sound team for Antoine Fuqua. When we hear that he has another project, we can’t wait to see what story he wants to tell next and look forward to how sound can embellish and elevate that story.”

Filmmaker of the Year Award Recipient Antoine Fuqua

Filmmaker of the Year Award Recipient Antoine Fuqua

When accepting his award, along with the usual thanks to agents, crews and family, Fuqua took the time to thank the people at the event who planned, prepared and served the food, the “lunch pail people,” who like his own “hard-working” parents and the majority of Americans, rarely receive recognition. Referencing Black History month, the director also acknowledged the people in the civil rights movement, many forgotten in history, who “put their lives on the line every day” to change America. He added,  “In my films I try to tell stories with a diverse cast and crew that I believe reflects America.”

The director applauded the efforts of the MPSE to increase diversity and credited the talented, hardworking, and dedicated crews that have helped him achieve success as a director. His crew is like family and communication is easy. He likes to make them a part of his creative process, so they get involved early, reading the scripts before production starts, sharing ideas before the shoot. “They help elevate everything I do,” Fuqua shared. “They love it and we have a good time doing it together. It’s like being a kid again with a bunch of your friends in a sandbox just playing around.”

In talking about the advancements in sound from production mixing to Atmos, Fuqua stated, “It’s an immersive experience now. We can only get better. Eventually people are going to feel like they are really in the movie with what is happening with sound.”

The MPSE Career Achievement Award was presented to supervising sound editor, Stephen H. Flick, by Academy Award-winning supervising sound editor, Ben Wilkins. Forty years of work on more than 150 films was condensed into a 6-minute clip reel, which also exemplified the evolution of sound over almost half a century.

Career Achievement Award Recipient and Supervising Sound Editor Stephen H. Flick

Career Achievement Award Recipient and Supervising Sound Editor Stephen H. Flick

Now teaching at USC, the main advice that Flick imparts to his students is story. “Understand the story, whether your clients tell you or not, you have to understand what they intend. And that’s difficult sometimes.” explained Flick. Preparing to work on a film together, cinematographer Jan de Bont asked the audio expert how he worked. Flick responded, “I just cut what you shoot. It’s that fundamental. Unless I understate what my D.P. and my director and my actors are doing, then I can’t tell their story. I reciprocate. I embrace their work. I contrast with their work. I push them. I assault them.”

Actors Edward James Olmos, Kirsten Vangsness (Criminal Minds) and Jasmin Savoy Brown (Sneaky Pete), presented the feature film awards. Additional awards presenters included: sound designer/MPSE board member (China) Shasha Dong and sound designer/MPSE board member (India) Resul Pookuty; Spider-Man™: Into the Spider-Verse producer, Christopher Miller, and producer/co-writer, Phil Lord; production mixer and president of the Cinema Audio Society (CAS), Mark Ulano, and actress Libe Barer; Hollywood Reporter tech editor, Carolyn Giardina, and Netflix partner engagement, Frances Chu-Fong. Stacy Milner, entertainment career strategist and author of “Leveraging UP!” and Fabienne Rawley, board member of the Entertainment Industry Professionals Mentorship Alliance (EIPMA), presented the Verna Fields Student Filmmaker Award.

66th Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) Golden Reel Winners:

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Effects/Foley:
A Quiet Place (Paramount Pictures) – Supervising Sound Editors: Ethan Van der Ryn, Erik Aadahl, MPSE; Sound Effects Editors: Brandon Jones, Justin M. Davey, MPSE; Foley Artists: Steve Baine, Peter Persaud Foley Editor: Jonathan Klein

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Dialogue/ADR:
Bohemian Rhapsody (GK Films/Fox Studios) – Supervising Sound Editor: John Warhurst Supervising ADR/Dialogue Editor: Nina Hartston; ADR/Dialogue: Jens Petersen

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Musical:
Bohemian Rhapsody (Fox Studios) – Supervising Music Editor: John Warhurst; Music Editor: Neil Stemp

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Music Score:
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Sony Pictures Entertainment) – Music Editors: Katie Greathouse, Catherine Wilson

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Feature Animation:
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Sony Pictures Entertainment / Marvel) – Supervising Sound Editors: Geoffrey Rubay, Curt Schulkey; Sound Designer: John Pospisil; Sound Effects Editors: Kip Smedley, Andy Sisul, MPSE, David Werntz, Christopher Aud, MPSE, Ando Johnson, Benjamin Cook, MPSE, Mike Reagan, Donald Flick; Dialogue Editors: James Morioka, Matthew E. Taylor; Foley Artists: Gary Hecker, MPSE, Michael Broomberg, Rick Owens, MPSE; Foley Editor: Alec Rubay

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Feature Documentary:
Free Solo (National Geographic Documentary Films) – Supervising Sound Editor: Deborah Wallach; Sound Effects Editor: Filipe Messeder, MPSE; Foley Artist: Nuno Bento Foley Editor: Rolan Vajs

(TIE)

They Shall Not Grow Old (Wingnut Films / Fathom Events / Warner Brothers) – Supervising Sound Editors: Martin Kwok, Brent Burge, Melanie Graham, Justin Webster; Supervising Dialogue Editor: Emile De La Rey; ADR Supervisor: Nigel Stone; Sound Effects Editors: Hayden Collow, Dave Whitehead; Dialogue Editors: Matt Stutter, MPSE, Helen Luttrell, Chris Todd, Matthew Lamboum; Foley Artist: James Carroll; Foley Editors: Craig Tomlinson, Tom Scott-Toft

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Foreign Language Feature:
Roma (Netflix) – Supervising Sound Editors/ Sound Designers: Sergio Díaz, Skip Lievsay; Supervising Dialogue Editor: Carlos Honc Navarro Supervising ADR Editors: Carlos Honc Navarro, Ruy Garc; Dialogue Editors: Manuel Montaño Mancilla, Caleb Townsend, Michael Feuser ADR Editors: Michael Feuser, Alexa Zimmerman; Sound Effects Editors: Eric Dounce, Luis Huesca, Luis Parra, Mitch Osias, Craig Berkey, Javier Quesada; Foley Artists: Alan Romero, Jay Peck; Foley Editors: Jaime Sainz, Igor Nikolic

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Non-Theatrical Feature
Extinction (Good Universe / Universal Pictures) – Supervising Sound Editors: Will Files, P.K. Hooker Supervising ADR Editor: Lisa J. Levine; Sound Effects Editors: Justin Davey, MPSE, Ken McGill; Dialogue Editors: Ryan Cole, Polly McKinnon; Foley Artist: Steve Baine; Music Editor: Brett Pierce, MPSE 

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Non-Theatrical Documentary:
Searching for Sound Islandman and Veyasin (Karga Seven Pictures / Red Bull TV) – Supervising Sound Editor: Suat Ayas, MPSE; Dialogue Lead: Justin Stark Sound Effects Editors: Tolga Boyuk, Emin Yasin Vural Dialogue Editor: Okan Isik

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Non-Theatrical Animation Long Form:
NextGen (Netflix) – Supervising Sound Editors: David Acord, Steve Slanec; Sound Effects Editors: Kimberly Patrick, Pascal Garneau; Dialogue Editors: Qianbaihui Yang; Foley Artists: Ronni Brown, Margie O’Malley; Foley Editors: Jim Likowski, Ryan Frias, Richard Gould; Music Editor: Sebastian Zuleta

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Animation Short Form:
Overwatch “Reunion” (Blizzard Entertainment) – Supervising Sound Editor: Paul Menichini, MPSE; Audio Lead: Caroline Hernandez, MPSE; Sound Designers: Alexander Ephraim, MPSE Harry Cohen, MPSE, JP Walton; Sound Effects Editors: Christopher Battaglia, MPSE, John Thomas; Dialogue Editors: Isaac Hammons, Christopher Cody Flick; Foley Editor: Gary Coppola, MPSE; Foley Artist: Gregg Barbanell, MPSE; Supervising Music Editor: Derek Duke; Music Editors: Adam Burgess, Sam Cardon; Scoring Editor: John Kurlander

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Single Presentation:
Phillip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams (Sony Pictures Television/Amazon Studios) – Supervising Sound Editor: Mark A. Lanza, MPSE; Supervising ADR / Dialogue Editor: Mark A. Lanza, MPSE; Sound Designers: Harry Snodgrass, MPSE, Mark A. Lanza, MPSE Sound Editor: Harry Snodgrass, MPSE; Dialogue Editor: Ryne Gierke Foley Artists: Sarah Monat-Jacobs, Robin Harlan Foley Editor: Eryne Prine, MPSE; Music Editor: Michael T. Ryan, MPSE, Brittany DuBay

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Episodic Long Form – Effects / Foley:
Altered Carbon “Out of the Past” (Netflix) – Supervising Sound Editor: Brett Hinton; Sound Effects Editors: Owen Granich-Young, Mark Allen, Austin Krier; Foley Artist: Noel Vought

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Episodic Long Form – Dialogue/ADR:
Westworld “The Riddle of the Sphinx” (HBO) – Supervising Sound Editor: Thomas De Gorter, MPSE; Supervising ADR Editor: Brett Hinton; Dialogue Editors: Fred Paragano, Brian Armstrong, MPSE

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Episodic Long Form – Music / Musical:
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel “We’re Going to the Catskills” (Amazon Studios) – Music Editor: Annette Kudrak

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Episodic Short Form – Effects / Foley:
Atlanta “Teddy Perkins” (FX Networks) – Supervising Sound Editor: Trevor Gates, MPSE; Sound Effects Editor: David Barbee, MPSE; Foley Artists: Tara Blume, Matt Salib Foley Editors: Geordy Sincavage, Michael Head, Jordan McClain

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Episodic Short Form – Dialogue/ADR:
The Americans “Harvest” (FX Networks) – Supervising Sound Editors: Ken Hahn, Neil Cedar; Dialogue Editor: Gerald Donlan; ADR Editor: John Bowen

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Episodic Short Form – Music / Musical:
American Horror Story: Apocalypse “The End” (FX Networks) – Music Editor: David Klotz

(TIE)

Vikings “Moment of Vision” (MGM Television / History Channel) – Supervising Music Editor: Yuri Gorbachow, MPSE; Music Editor: Lise Beauchesne

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Live Action Under 35:00:
Short Treks “The Brightest Star” (CBS All Access) – Supervising Sound Editor: Matthew E. Taylor; Sound Designer: Tim Farrell; Sound Effects Editor: Mike Schapiro; Dialogue Editor: Sean Heissinger; Foley Artists: Nancy Parker, MPSE, Chris Moriana; Foley Editor: John Sanacore, MPSE; Music Editor: Matt Decker

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Special Venue:
Age of Sail (Google Spotlight Stories) – Supervising Sound Editor: Scot Stafford; Sound Designer: Jamey Scott, MPSE; Sound Effects Editor: Jamey Scott, MPSE; Music Editor: Mark Willsher

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Computer Interactive Game Play:
God of War (SIE Santa Monica Studio) – Audio Directors: Rob Burns, Nassim Ait-Kaci Audio Lead: Mike Niederquel; Sound Designers: Chris Clanin, Daniel Birczynski, Mike Maksim, Sam Bird, Roel Sanchez, Karen Waller, Erick Ocampo, TJ Schauer, Jeff Darby, Adam Boyd, MPSE, Michael Finley, Chad Bedell, Patrick Ginn, Emile Mika, Eric Buensuceso, Karen Waller Dialogue Lead: Leilani Ramirez; Supervising Sound Editor: Shannon Potter; Dialogue Editors: Justin Conmy, Ryan Schaad, Aaron Seiden, Jodie Kupsco, Heather Plunkard Foley Artists: David Jobe, Dawn Fintor, Alicia Stevenson; Supervising Music Editors: Peter Scaturro, Keith Leary

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Computer Cinematic:
World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth (Blizzard Entertainment) – Supervising Sound Designer: Paul Menichini, MPSE; Sound Designers: David Farmer, Harry Cohen, MPSE, JP Walton; Sound Effects Editors: Keith Bilderbeck, John Thomas, Alexander Ephraim, MPSE Audio Lead: Caroline Hernandez, MPSE; Dialogue Editors: Issac Hammons, Christopher Flick Foley Artist: Gregg Barbanell, MPSE; Foley Editor: Gary Coppola, MPSE; Scoring Editor: John Kurlander; Supervising Music Editor: Derek Duke; Music Editor: Neil Acree

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Student Film (Verna Fields Award):
Facing It (National Film and Television School) – Supervising Sound Designer and Editor: Adam Woodhams

 

 

 

 

 

 

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