“Sound is important in all films, but in a supernatural thriller, it’s gigantic,” says writer/director Evan Spiliotopoulos, talking about his new film The Unholy. “What you hear and what you don’t hear are essential to crafting scares.” The new Screen Gems thriller follows Alice, a young hearing-impaired girl who, after a supposed visitation from the Virgin Mary, is inexplicably able to hear, speak and heal the sick. As word spreads and people from near and far flock to witness her miracles, a disgraced journalist hoping to revive his career visits the small New England town to investigate.
Nugen Audio has announced its Show Us Your Setup contest. Running May 18 to June 1, the contest asks mixers and producers to submit beauty photos of their studio or workstation with Nugen Audio’s Paragon reverb on their monitors. Contestants have a chance to win a selection of Nugen Audio swag and a $599 voucher, good for a full download of the Paragon plug-in or any Nugen product of equivalent value.
Re-recording mixer Frank Morrone has earned himself an extensive resume through his work with Todd AO and Technicolor, which includes projects from high-profile directors like Ron Howard and Tim Burton. In addition to his residency at the acclaimed post house, Morrone also works independently from his home studio for a wide array of film projects.
Independent sound mixer Alan Meyerson is currently working on the upcoming Minions: The Rise of Gru (2022) movie, and just finished working on the score of the reboot of Dune, set for release in October 2021. Many of his projects have become case studies in the importance of how music and sound play an integral part to the overall storytelling. And no matter where he has set up shop for the day, Meyerson relies on Nugen Audio’s Halo Upmix and Halo Downmix plug-ins, along with Stereoizer and Nugen Producer, to ensure clients receive the superior quality of sound they seek from his professional services.
This week, the Motion Picture Sound Editors will present George Miller with its annual Filmmaker Award, the organization’s highest honor. The Australian director is being recognized for a diverse body of work that includes Happy Feet (an Academy Award-winner for Best Animated Feature), Babe: A Pig in the City and Lorenzo’s Oil, as well as Mad Max and its three sequels. Miller has called his masterpiece, Mad Max: Fury Road, “A movie we see with our ears.”
Pace Pictures provided complete post-production services for Tremors: Shrieker Island, the latest installment in the cult horror franchise about giant, worm-like creatures that prey on humans.
As the industry continues to transition towards IP-based solutions, many integrators have found themselves limited by budget-related restrictions. Diversified, a global technology solutions provider, recently ran into this challenge when it came to a project at BerkleeNYC, a campus-based recording studio formerly known as Avatar Studios. In the process of building a cost-effective IP network for the school’s renowned Power Station recording studio, Diversified turned to TSL Products to provide an IP routing interface that marries TSL’s virtual control processor, the GTP-V1, and its renowned Virtual Panels into a solution that TSL has coined, IP-Cross Connect.
As one of the preeminent feature film re-recording mixers working today, two-time British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award nominee Jaime Baksht has spent almost three decades behind the re-recording console, credited for mixing I Am No Longer Here (2020, Ariel Award Best Sound), Pan’s Labyrinth (2006, BAFTA Nominee, Goya Winner Best Sound), and Darius Marder’s directorial debut Sound of Metal (2021, BAFTA, CAS, AMPS Sound Nominee). Most recently, he received an Oscar nomination for Best Sound for his work on Sound of Metal. In film work, he says, every emotion sounds different.
Allison Casey is the owner and senior mixer of Gramercy Post in New York City. She first began working there as an intern in 2008, when she was just 22. While she later switched to freelancing, she continued to keep a close relationship with the company and its founder, Joe Mendelson. Toward the end of 2012, Mendelson decided to retire from sound and sell Gramercy to her. She says that since he’d been able to train her from the ground up and knew they had similarly intense work ethics, she thinks he knew his studio would be in good hands. In the wake of this week’s celebration of International Women’s Day, I spoke with Casey about her career, about how far women and other minority groups have advanced in production and post-production, and how far they have to go to reach full equality in the industry.
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.