The ever-increasing production challenges (and I/O requirements) of popular prime-time entertainment shows such as Strictly Come Dancing have led to a reevaluation of the audio mixing architecture. As a result, BBC Studios and Post-Production has replaced the Harman Studer Vista 8 at the George Lucas stages at Elstree with a new Vista X.
New York City-based audio post-production company Sync Sound's founders and principles Bill Marino and Ken Hahn have sold their midtown Manhattan facility Digital Cinema to Warner Bros., Audio Media International reported.
Continuing to grow its sound department, Sony Pictures Post Production Services has added award-winning re-recording mixers Steve Pederson and Daniel J. Leahy to its creative staff. Pederson and Leahy have worked as a team on a number of motion picture projects, including the Antoine Fuqua film The Equalizer, which, as independents, they mixed on Sony Pictures’ Cary Grant Stage last year. They are currently mixing Fuqua’s latest film, Southpaw on the Sony lot. Upcoming projects include HBO’s True Detective and Fuqua’s remake of The Magnificent Seven.
On May 15, Pitch Perfect 2 starring Anna Kendrick opened in theaters nationwide grossing more than $100 million in just two weeks. At the heart of the film’s success is its musical score. Supervising music mixer Joseph Magee, whose credits include the original Pitch Perfect, Saving Mr. Banks, High Fidelity and Into the Wild, recorded and mixed all of the a capella vocal performances using Harman’s JBL M2 Master Reference Monitors in a specially-built studio on location in Baton Rouge.
The French film post-production company Film Factory has added an Acheron-based loudspeaker system to its newest mixing stage in the Paris suburb of Clichy. This is the second Meyer Sound system for Film Factory, one of France’s leading providers of film post-production services, and the 16th French post-production room to have adopted Meyer Sound.
iZotope has released RX Loudness Control. An offline plug-in that is part of the RX family of post-production products, it efficiently analyzes and renders a mix for loudness compliance in faster than real-time, while transparently preserving the dynamics of the mix.
Veteran re-recording mixer Kevin O’Connell has returned to Sony Pictures Post Production Services. A 20-time Academy Award-nominee, O’Connell has already completed four projects at Sony, The Boy Next Door, Self/less, No Good Deed and Pitch Perfect 2. He was previously on staff at the studio from 1993 to 2008 with credits including Pearl Harbor, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Memoirs of a Geisha and Transformers, all of which led to Oscar nominations for sound.
Following extensive development and consultation with the post-production community, Nugen Audio today announced Loudness Toolkit 2.
Sundance Institute and the Dolby Institute, along with the Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund, announced today that Last Days in the Desert, written and directed by Rodrigo García, has been selected as the second recipient of the Dolby Family Sound Fellowship.
Glenn Kiser, its founding director, believes the Dolby Institute's mission is straightforward: "The Dolby Institute engages artists by providing education, inspiration, and support throughout the creative process.”