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The Chilling Sounds of Madness

Mon, 11/01/2021 - 11:03 -- Nick Dager

While it begins as a “dull, dark and soundless day,” the famous Edgar Allen Poe short story, The Fall of the House of Usher, is anything but boring or quiet. In fact, the chilling tale of Roderick Usher, a man living alone, seemingly descending into madness, comes to life in the upcoming horror/thriller film 3 Days Rising. As the film’s gruesome story unravels, sound plays a pivotal role in telling the tale. But that was not without its challenges.

The Seven “Cins” of Cinema

Mon, 11/01/2021 - 10:53 -- Mark Mayfield

So much time and energy are spent educating cinema professionals how to properly design cinemas, including installed sound and projection systems. We forget the best lessons typically come from our mistakes. In the 30-plus years I’ve been in the cinema industry, I’ve learned a ton from THX, Dolby, the Hollywood post-production community, and the brilliant engineers I’ve been so fortunate to work with.

SMPTE 2021 ATC Program Announced

Mon, 11/01/2021 - 10:45 -- Nick Dager

SMPTE, the home of media professionals, technologists, and engineers, has announced the program for its annual technical conference, SMPTE 2021 ATC, a virtual event with half-day sessions running over six days from November 9-11 and November 16-18. Through technical sessions, networking and social events, interactive discussions, and keynote presentations, SMPTE 2021 ATC participants will gain access to the people, knowledge, and perspectives driving the ongoing evolution of media and entertainment.

SAWA Launches Hello Big Screen Campaign

Mon, 10/25/2021 - 11:29 -- Nick Dager

As the world slowly emerges from the pandemic, the Screen Advertising World Association today launched a powerful three-minute video and multiple social media campaigns featuring vignettes from some of the world’s most iconic names in the advertising, film, and humanitarian worlds, aimed at raising awareness for the unparalleled power and effectiveness of cinema. SAWA and its members around the world are using cinema, the trade press, and social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, to reach marketers, moviegoers, and creative and media agencies.

The Unique Audio Challenges of Oxygène

Mon, 10/25/2021 - 11:19 -- Nick Dager

When it came time to record the Netflix original French-language film, Oxygène (Oxygen in English), the audio team had quite the challenge in front of them. The premise of the scientific horror film focuses on a scientist, played by French actress Melanie Laurent, who has lost her memory, awakens, trapped in a medical pod and must find her way out before the oxygen levels diminish. Given the setting, the pod is used for 90 percent of the film, and, with its tight quarters, production sound mixer Ken Yasumoto and boom operator Josselin Panchout knew they needed a reliable and unobtrusive microphone solution.

Barbara Lange to Leave SMPTE

Fri, 10/22/2021 - 10:35 -- Nick Dager

SMPTE, the home of media professionals, technologists, and engineers, today announced that Barbara Lange will step down as the Society's executive director at the close of 2021, which marks the end of her current contract. Lange has served in this role for 12 years, guiding SMPTE through a dynamic period of growth, extending the Society's leadership as a global standards organization, and working closely with staff, volunteers, members, and the SMPTE Board of Governors to make SMPTE a more inclusive organization that brings value to individuals and organizations across the media and entertainment industry.

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Piracy Has No Boundaries

Wed, 10/20/2021 - 11:31 -- Nick Dager

A new report from content protection specialist Nagra, entitled Piracy Has No Boundaries, claims that thieves steal tens of billions of dollars of content value annually and that more than 80 percent of content theft is attributable to streaming. In addition, the report says, eight percent of U.S. households subscribe to illicit internet protocol services for an estimated $1 billion in illegal subscription revenue every year. The report uses Disney and Marvel Studio’s Black Widow as an example of how things can go wrong when feature films are streamed and estimates that the film lost between $50-$70 million because the movie lacked an exclusive theatrical window over its first ten days of release.

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Measuring the Mix

Wed, 10/20/2021 - 08:58 -- Nick Dager

A 15-year veteran of the film and TV business, freelance re-recording mixer Alexandra Fehrman loves to get creative with her projects. Nominated for a 2021 Sound Mixing Emmy for her work on Amazon’s drama The Boys, Fehrman works with Formosa Group, a post-production facility in Los Angeles, as well as from her home studio. Fehrman, like many audio pros, started her career in music as a teenager and has been pursuing sound mixing ever since. Her specialties include streaming and TV series, as well as feature and independent films.

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