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

February 22, 2016 | By

From Left: David Fluhr, Doc Kane and Garry Marshall (Photos by Ana Gibert).

From Left: David Fluhr, Doc Kane and Garry Marshall (Photos by Ana Gibert).

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.

Hosting the ceremonies was comedian Elayne Boosler who provided a buffet of laughter, “Throughout the evening people will be walking around with collections plates, so we ask you to dig deep into your pockets for Kanye.”

Production sound mixer Chris Duesterdiek of The Revenant said working on the project was visceral while accepting the award. “I think that word really describers what the sound was on his film.” Rerecording mixer Randy Thom added, “I’ve worked on a lot of films over my career and this experience will be one I will always remember. Alejandro Iñárritu asks a lot from you, but it’s worth it in the end.”

From left: Bryan Cranston, Jay Roach and John Ross.

From left: Bryan Cranston, Jay Roach and John Ross.

Doc Kane, who was honored with the career achievement award, was also part of the team for Inside Out. A sound legend in the industry Kane has been working at Walt Disney Studios for the last 28 years, aurally finessing a string of fascinating films like Beauty and the Beasty, Aladdin, The Lion King, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and Frozen, with over 390 other credits landing him four Oscar nominations.

Presenting his award was past CAS president and rerecording mixer David Fleur and another legend, Gary Marshall.This is really beyond anything that has ever happened to me other than marrying my wife and starting a family,” said Kane. “I’m very humbled by this award and being the very first person in ADR to receive it is really fantastic. I never thought I would see my name in lights with the past winners who received this honor from the CAS. Thank you for letting me be part of this talented group.”

Ronan Hill, Richard Dyer, Onnalee Blank, Mathew Waters and Brett Voss picked up another CAS win for Game of Thrones, “Hardhome” making it the show’s third win and fifth nomination overall.

The sound team behind Modern Family won its fourth CAS award recording sound for “Connection Lost,” an episode that was shot entirely on iPhones. “It’s a great honor to be in this group of nominees,” said production mixer Stephen Tibbo. “I always say you’re only as good as your crew and in this episode our crew did exceptionally well.”

Jay Roach was bestowed with the society’s 11th Filmmaker Award. Roach’s illustrious career landed the storyteller four Emmy wins and he’s produced and director 50 other titles, including the Austin Power’s films, Meet the Fockers and Trumbo. Presenting him with the high honor was rerecording mixer John Ross and Oscar-nominated actor Bryan Cranston. “Amazing sound isn’t what you think of when you think of my films, but I have a deep appreciation for sound. A good movie with great sound can connect people on so many emotional levels. I truly believe mixers have a desire to be great storytellers. They’ve showed me how to make my films better and I’m very grateful for that.”

The Cinema Audio Society also recognized Matt Yocum from Savannah College of Art in Design with a student award in sound mixing along with a $2,500 cash prize.

In the technical award department, Sound Devices nabbed the win for its SL-6 SuperSlot power and wireless system and iZotope won for its RX 5 audio editor.

The winners of the 52nd Annual CAS Awards are:

Motion Picture – Live Action

The Revenant
Production Mixer — Chris Duesterdiek
Re-recording Mixer — Jon Taylor, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Frank Montaño
Re-recording Mixer — Randy Thom, CAS
Scoring Mixer — Conrad Hensel
ADR Mixer – Michael Miller, CAS
Foley Mixer — Geordy Sincavage

Motion Picture –Animated

Inside Out
Original Dialogue Mixer — Doc Kane
Re-recording Mixer — Tom Johnson
Re-recording Mixer — Michael Semanick
Scoring Mixer — Joel Iwataki
Foley Mixer — Mary Jo Lang, CAS

Television Movie or Mini-Series

Fargo: Season 2, Episode 5
Production Mixer — Michael Playfair, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Kirk Lynds
Re-recording Mixer — Martin Lee

Television One-Hour

Game of Thrones: Hardhome
Production Mixer — Ronan Hill, CAS
Production Mixer — Richard Dyer, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Onnalee Blank, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Mathew Waters, CAS
Foley Mixer — Brett Voss, CAS

Television Half-hour

Modern Family: Connection Lost
Production Mixer — Stephen A. Tibbo, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Dean Okrand, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Brian R. Harman, CAS
Foley Mixer — David Michael Torres

Television Non-Fiction, Variety or Music Series or Special

Live from Lincoln Center: Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton
Re-Recording Mixer – Ken Hahn, CAS
Production Mixer/House Sound — Paul Bevan

Student Recognition Award

Matt Yocum Savannah College of Art and Design Savannah, GA

Technical Achievement

Production
Sound Devices SL-6

Postproduction
iZotope RX5

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