One of Hollywood’s most gifted action directors, Antoine Fuqua explores the rarified violence of the boxing ring in his latest film Southpaw, released this month by The Weinstein Company. The director’s visceral boxing imagery is supported by a meticulously crafted soundtrack, created by a team from Sony Pictures Post Production Services led by supervising sound editor Mandell Winter, sound designer David Esparza and re-recording mixers Steve Pederson and Daniel J. Leahy.
Blaine Stewart first started in the industry on audio crew and as mixer’s assistant for The Donnie & Marie Show at the Osmond family’s studio in Orem, Utah, in 1978. By 1986, he was back in his native L.A. working at different audio post facilities as well as mixing production for shows such as Circus of the Stars and Alf. In 2000, he opened his own post-production facility, Post Plus Sound, in Burbank, and in 2010 he moved PPS to the Salt Lake City area and renamed it The Stewdio.
Pacific Wave Media worked on the sound for director Richard Zelniker’s As Night Comes, which was mixed on a Genelec 1029 system and then was recently screened for distributors in the Zanuck Theater and The Little Theater, both on Fox’s studio lot.
Editor’s Note: Writer Timo Klinge recently sat down with Ben Osmo, production sound mixer and Oliver Machin, sound department coordinator & vehicle FX recordist about their experiences in the desert of Nambia, Africa during the recent production Mad Max: Fury Road. This article was provided by Ambient Recording and is reprinted here with the company’s permission.
The ever-increasing production challenges (and I/O requirements) of popular prime-time entertainment shows such as Strictly Come Dancing have led to a reevaluation of the audio mixing architecture. As a result, BBC Studios and Post-Production has replaced the Harman Studer Vista 8 at the George Lucas stages at Elstree with a new Vista X.
New York City-based audio post-production company Sync Sound's founders and principles Bill Marino and Ken Hahn have sold their midtown Manhattan facility Digital Cinema to Warner Bros., Audio Media International reported.
Continuing to grow its sound department, Sony Pictures Post Production Services has added award-winning re-recording mixers Steve Pederson and Daniel J. Leahy to its creative staff. Pederson and Leahy have worked as a team on a number of motion picture projects, including the Antoine Fuqua film The Equalizer, which, as independents, they mixed on Sony Pictures’ Cary Grant Stage last year. They are currently mixing Fuqua’s latest film, Southpaw on the Sony lot. Upcoming projects include HBO’s True Detective and Fuqua’s remake of The Magnificent Seven.
On May 15, Pitch Perfect 2 starring Anna Kendrick opened in theaters nationwide grossing more than $100 million in just two weeks. At the heart of the film’s success is its musical score. Supervising music mixer Joseph Magee, whose credits include the original Pitch Perfect, Saving Mr. Banks, High Fidelity and Into the Wild, recorded and mixed all of the a capella vocal performances using Harman’s JBL M2 Master Reference Monitors in a specially-built studio on location in Baton Rouge.
The French film post-production company Film Factory has added an Acheron-based loudspeaker system to its newest mixing stage in the Paris suburb of Clichy. This is the second Meyer Sound system for Film Factory, one of France’s leading providers of film post-production services, and the 16th French post-production room to have adopted Meyer Sound.
iZotope has released RX Loudness Control. An offline plug-in that is part of the RX family of post-production products, it efficiently analyzes and renders a mix for loudness compliance in faster than real-time, while transparently preserving the dynamics of the mix.