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.
The Motion Picture Sound Editors association has announced the nominees in the 68th Annual 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, computer entertainment, and student productions.
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.
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.
The Motion Picture Sound Editors association has elected Steve Urban to a two-year term as vice president, succeeding Bernard Weiser. Additionally, Jeremy Gordon was reelected as treasurer and Christopher Reeves as sergeant-at-arms in the organization’s annual board elections. They join Mark A. Lanza, who continues in the role of president.
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.