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.
K-Tek recently hosted location audio professionals to an open house and seminar at its Vista, California headquarters.
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.”
Panasonic has announced the availability of the new AJ-PG50 field recorder, the first to support the AVC-ULTRA codec
In early 2013, director Mark Hayes read a story about a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge, Craig Mitchell, who started the Midnight Mission running club consisting of former substance abusers, ex-convicts, homeless people and others who fell on hard times — either by making the wrong choices at earlier points in their lives, or by simple misfortune.
Newton, Massachusetts based technology provider Talamas is holding a seminar conducted by audio specialist David Missall on the best practices in recording sound for a wide range of motion picture productions including sports, news, digital cinema, or even a wedding.
Timothy Williams, a composer for Nashville-based Howling Music, orchestrated and conducted composer Tyler Bates’ score for the box office smash Guardians of the Galaxy.
Sound Devices has established Sound Devices Europe and opened a new European Service Center in Berlin-Adlershof, Germany’s leading science and technology park. The new facility has been established to extend product service and repair to the company’s growing international customer base.
With all the attention focused on a film’s visuals, its audio sometimes receives insufficient attention. The best cinematography and visual finish can be ruined by inadequate audio post-production, an outcome that separates the amateur from the professional filmmaker.