The Motion Picture Sound Editors today announced that it will honor supervising sound editor Dennis Drummond with its 2021 MPSE Career Achievement Award. Drummond’s long list of credits includes The Intern, The Help, It’s Complicated and The Pursuit of Happyness. He has developed close relationships with several top directors including Nancy Meyers, James L. Brooks and Penny Marshall. He will receive the Career Achievement Award at the 68th Annual MPSE Golden Reel Awards, which will be held as an international virtual ceremony on April 16th.
The VSI Group has expanded its Latin American operations with the majority acquisition of dubbing, subtitling and media services facility, Vox Mundi, which is based in São Paulo, Brazil.
Nugen Audio has released Version 1.1 of its 3D-compatible convolution reverb plug-in, Paragon. Included among the updates is the addition of outdoor impulse responses and improved balancing of early reflections. Version 1.1 also features new presets and an improved browser, with search, tagging and favorite functions. Unlike any other convolution reverb on the market, Paragon offers full control of the decay, room size and brightness via state-of-the-art re-synthesis modelled on 3D recordings of real spaces.
Eclair Versioning & Accessibility, which has been operating as a stand-alone company under the leadership of Angel Martin since the Eclair Group’s reorganization last year is rebranding itself as EVA. Martin remains as managing director. With offices in France, Germany, Spain and Morocco, EVA companies will continue to perform localization services, including script adaptation, voice casting, dubbing, lip-sync recording and mixing for theatrical releases and other customers.
In the next edition of Post Break, Post New York Alliance’s free webinar series, Harbor Supervising sound editor/re-recording mixer Damian Volpe and re-recording mixer Rob Fernandez will discuss their longtime collaboration, workflows for Dolby Atmos and how COVID-19 has changed post-production sound forever. Gershon Hinkson will moderate the discussion.
As the owner of A Sound, one of Belgium’s leading post-production sound companies, Thierry De Vries leads a highly experienced team of sound designers, composers and re-recording mixers that over the past 25 years has worked on many features, shorts and television programs. These include such films as Torpedo, Gangsta, D'Ardennen, Matroesjka’s, Het Eiland and Professor T. De Vries most recently worked on the television series Fair Trade and the Spanish feature film, Libertad. De Vries has also worked on many commercials and museum projects.
Like many people with a musical background, multi-award-winning recording and mixing engineer Chris Fogel, CAS, made the jump from playing instruments to working behind-the-scenes. A trumpet player by training, Fogel has spent more than two decades recording and mixing music for high-profile musicians, films and television projects alike. Most recently, Fogel worked on the scores for The Mandalorian, Tenet, Black Panther and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood; portions of season eight of Games of Thrones, as well as music by Alanis Morissette, Childish Gambino and many others, from ELBO Studios, of which he is co-owner.
DPA Microphone and Rycote have announced the winners of the Pay-It-Forward Film Contest Giveaway. The brands joined forces to support the film industry during these unprecedented times by offering first-time and indie filmmakers the opportunity to win a customized DPA/Rycote filming kit. The winners of the contest are Jacob Deming of the United States, Lijie Cheng of Singapore and Sergey Martynyuk of Austria. The winners will receive three DPA mics – the brand new 4097 Micro Shotgun, 4017 Shotgun and 6060 Core Subminiature – along with an array of Rycote accessories.
Audio challenges have inhibited wider acceptance of larger direct view displays because, unlike with acoustically transmissive projection screens, loudspeakers cannot be located directly behind the visual image. Placing screen channel loudspeakers around the display perimeter compromises uniformity of coverage, stability of image localization, and overall audio fidelity. To address this situation, Meyer Sound has introduced Ultra Reflex, a patent-pending solution for optimum reproduction of discrete screen channel audio on large-scale direct view video displays. For the initial launch period, Ultra Reflex solution is paired with Sony’s Crystal LED. The first joint installation for the two technologies is at a reference-level screening room and lab on the Netflix campus in Los Angeles.
Editorial and post-production finishing for the eight-episode, first season of the hit Starz series P-Valley was centered in New York as several Post New York Alliance member companies helped bring the fictional small town of Chucalissa, Mississippi vibrantly to life. New York City facilities Goldcrest Post, Harbor and Technicolor PostWorks each played a role in the project, as did Foley specialist Alchemy Post Sound and VFX studio The Molecule.