Leading motion picture and television studios, independent producers, sound companies and technology developers are among the sponsors of the Motion Picture Sound Editors’ 64th Annual MPSE Golden Reel Awards ceremony, slated for February 19 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles.
Sony Pictures Post Production Services has added a mix stage dedicated exclusively to IMAX. The new stage, which is equipped with a 24-fader Avid S6 mixing console, is the only dub stage on the West Coast that uses IMAX loudspeakers and meets specifications for mixing in its immersive IMAX 12.0 sound format. The room will be used to prepare 2D and 3D theatrical features and trailers for release to IMAX theaters worldwide.
The Motion Picture Sound Editors today announced nominees for the 64th MPSE Golden Reel Awards. Nominees represent the work of the world’s most talented sound artists and their contributions to the past year’s most outstanding feature film, television, animation and computer entertainment productions. The 2017 MPSE Filmmaker Award winner is Guillermo del Toro. This year’s MPSE Career Achievement Award goes to Harry Cohen.
South Lake Audio Services re-recording mixers Keith Rogers, CAS and Scott Weber have received a nomination in the Cinema Audio Society’s 53rd CAS Awards for their work on the HBO television series Westworld. They share the nomination with production mixer John Pritchett, CAS; ADR mixer Mark Kondracki and Foley mixer Geordy Sincavage. The nomination, in the category Television – One Hour, comes for the series’ pilot episode, The Original.
Passengers, from director Morten Tyldum and Sony Pictures Entertainment, is a futuristic love story set on a mammoth spaceship carrying thousands of passengers, kept in sleep chambers, to a distant planet. For the sound team, based at Sony Pictures Post Production Services, and led by supervising sound editor/sound designer/re-recording mixer Will Files and re-recording mixer Kevin O’Connell, the space epic presented the interesting challenge of imagining the sound of the future.
The drama series Westworld, which just completed its first season on HBO, is described as a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin, exploring a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged. One challenge for the producers was imagining how that world sounds.
One of the most distinctive aspects of writer-director Kenneth Lonergan’s new drama Manchester by the Sea is the quality of its sound design. “Making a quiet movie is hard, because, as a sound designer, you want to infuse every scene with something more than dialogue,” said supervising sound editor/re-recording mixer Jacob Ribicoff. “But you have to resist that temptation and keep it quiet and let the performances speak for themselves.”
Supervising sound editor and sound designer Harry Cohen, will be honored by the Motion Picture Sound Editors association with its 2017 Career Achievement Award. An 18-time MPSE Golden Reel Award nominee, Cohen has contributed to more than 150 movies and television shows.
The startup audio technology company Soundly, today released its product with the same name, Soundly, a cloud-based sound effects library and workflow tool. The company says that Soundly represents a completely new approach to sound effects access and editing. Available immediately from http://getsoundly.com for Mac or PC, Soundly is free to download and includes access to 300 sounds.
The Motion Picture Sound Editors will honor Guillermo del Toro with its annual Filmmaker Award. The acclaimed director of such films as Hellboy (2004), Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), Pacific Rim (2013), Crimson Peak (2015) and the forthcoming The Shape of Water is being recognized for his outstanding contributions to the art of cinema. He will receive the award at the MPSE Golden Reel Awards ceremony February 19 in Los Angeles.