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CAS and MPSE honor audio post pros and their work

By Mel Lambert

With a BAFTA win and high promise for the upcoming Oscar Awards, the sound team behind Bohemian Rhapsody secured a clean sweep at both the Cinema Audio Society (CAS) and Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) ceremonies here in Los Angeles last weekend.

Paul Massey

The 55th CAS Awards also honored sound mixer Lee Orloff with a Cinema Audio Society Career Achievement Award, while director Steven Spielberg received its Cinema Audio Society Filmmaker Award. And at the MPSE Awards, director Antoine Fuqua accepted the 2019 Filmmaker Award, while supervising sound editor Stephen H. Flick secured the MPSE Career Achievement honor.

Re-recording mixer Paul Massey — accepting the CAS Award for Outstanding Sound Mixing Motion Picture-Live Action on behalf of his fellow dubbing mixers Tim Cavagin and Niv Adiri, together with production mixer John Casali — thanked Bohemian Rhapsody’s co-executive producer and band members Roger Taylor and Brian May for “trusting me to mix the music of Queen.”

The film topped a nominee field that also included A Quiet Place, A Star is Born, Black Panther and First Man; for several years the CAS winner in the feature-film category also has secured an Oscar Award for sound mixing.

Isle of Dogs secured a CAS Award in the animation category, which also included Incredibles 2, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and The Grinch. The sound-mixing team included original dialogue mixer Darrin Moore and re-recording mixers Christopher Scarabosio and Wayne Lemmer, together with scoring mixers Xavier Forcioli and Simon Rhodes and Foley mixer Peter Persaud.

Free Solo won a documentary award for production mixer Jim Hurst, re-recording mixers Tom Fleischman and Ric Schnupp, together with scoring mixer Tyson Lozensky, ADR mixer David Boulton and Foley mixer Joana Niza Braga.

Finally, American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace (Part 1) The Man Who Would Be Vogue, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Vote For Kennedy, Vote For Kennedy and Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (Bhutan) won CAS Awards within various broadcast sound categories.

Steven Spielberg and Bradley Cooper

The CAS Filmmaker Award was presented to Steven Spielberg by fellow director Bradley Cooper. This followed tributes from regular members of Spielberg’s sound team, including production sound mixer Ron Judkins plus re-recording mixers Andy Nelson and Gary Rydstrom, who quipped: “We spent so much money on Jurassic Park that [Steven] had to shoot Schindler’s List in black & white!”

“Through your talent, [sound editors and mixers] allow the audience to see with their ears,” Spielberg acknowledged, while stressing the full sonic and visual impact of a theatrical experience. “There’s nothing like a big, dark theater,” he stated. He added that he still believes that movie theaters are the best environment in which to fully enjoy his cinematic creations.

Upon receiving his Career Achievement Award from sound mixer Chris Noyes and director Dean Parisot, production sound mixer Lee Orloff acknowledged the close collaboration that needs to exist between members of the filmmaking team. “It is so much more powerful than the strongest wall you could build,” he stated, recalling a 35-year career that spans nearly 80 films.

Lee Orloff

Outgoing CAS president Mark Ulano presented the President’s Award to leading Foley mixer MaryJo Lang, while the CAS Student Award went to Anna Wozniewicz of Chapman University. Finalists included Maria Cecilia Ayalde Angel of Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Allison Ng of USC, Bo Pang of Chapman University and Kaylee Yacono of Savannah College of Art and Design.

Finally, the CAS Outstanding Product Awards went to Dan Dugan Sound Design for its Dugan Automixing in the Sound Devices 633 Compact Mixer, and to Izotope for its RX7 Audio Repair Software.

The CAS Awards ceremony was hosted by comedian Michael Kosta.

 

Motion Picture Sound Editors Awards

During the 66th Annual Golden Reels, outstanding achievement in sound editing awards were presented in 23 categories, encompassing feature films, long- and short-form television, animation, documentaries, games, special venue and other media.

The Americans, Atlanta, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Westworld figured prominently within the honored TV series.

Following introductions by re-recording mixer Steve Pederson and supervising sound editor Mandell Winter, director/producer Michael Mann presented the 2019 MPSE Filmmaker Award to Antoine Fuqua, while Academy Award-winning supervising sound editor Ben Wilkins presented the MPSE Career Achievement Award to fellow supervising sound editor Stephen H. Flick, who also serves as professor of cinematic arts at the University of Southern California.

Antoine Fuqua

“We celebrate the creation of entertainment content that people will enjoy for generations to come,” MPSE president Tom McCarthy stated in his opening address. “As new formats appear and new ways to distribute content are developed, we need to continue to excel at our craft and provide exceptional soundtracks that heighten the audience experience.”

As Pederson stressed during his introduction to the MPSE Filmmaker Award, Fuqua “counts on sound to complete his vision [as a filmmaker].” “His films are stylish and visceral,” added Winter, who along with Pederson has worked on a dozen films for the director during the past two decades.

“He is a director who trusts his own vision,” Mandell confirmed. “Antoine loves a layered soundtrack. And ADR has to be authentic and true to his artistic intentions. He is a bone fide storyteller.”

Four-time Oscar-nominee Mann stated that the honored director “always elevates everything he touches; he uses sound design and music to its fullest extent. [He is] a director who always pushes the limits, while evolving his art.”

Pre-recorded tributes to Fuqua came from actor Chis Pratt, who starred in The Magnificent Seven (2017). “Nobody deserves [this award] more,” he stated. Actor Mark Wahlberg, who starred in Shooter (2007), and producer Jerry Bruckheimer were also featured.

Stephen Hunter Flick

During his 40-year career in the motion picture industry, while working on some 150 films, Steven H. Flick has garnered two Oscar Award wins for Speed (1994) and Robocop (1987) together with nominations for Total Recall (1990), Die Hard (1988) and Poltergeist (1982).

The award for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Animation Short Form went to Overwatch – Reunion from Blizzard Entertainment, headed by supervising sound editor Paul Menichini. The Non-Theatrical Animation Long Form award was awarded to NextGen from Netflix, headed by supervising sound editors David Acord and Steve Slanec.

The Feature Animation award went to the Oscar-nominated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse from Sony Pictures Entertainment/Marvel, headed by supervising sound editors Geoffrey Rubay and Curt Schulkey. The Non-Theatrical Documentary award went to Searching for Sound — Islandman and Veyasin from Karga Seven Pictures/Red Bull TV, headed by supervising sound editor Suat Ayas. Finally, the Feature Documentary was a tie between Free Solo from National Geographic Documentary Films, headed by supervising sound editor Deborah Wallach, and They Shall Not Grow Old from Wingnut Films/Fathom Events/Warner Bros., headed by supervising sound editors Martin Kwok, Brent Burge, Melanie Graham and Justin Webster.

The Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing — Music Score award also went to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, with music editors Katie Greathouse and Catherine Wilson, while the Musical award went to Bohemian Rhapsody from GK Films/Fox Studios, with supervising music editor John Warhurst and music editor Neil Stemp. The Dialogue/ADR award also went to Bohemian Rhapsody, with supervising ADR/dialogue editors Nina Hartston and Jens Petersen, while the Effects/Foley award went to A Quiet Place from Paramount Pictures, with supervising sound editors Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl.

The Student Film/Verna Fields Award went to Facing It from National Film and Television School, with supervising sound designer/editor Adam Woodhams.


LA-based Mel Lambert is principal of Content Creators. He can be reached at mel.lambert@content-creators.com. Follow him on Twitter @MelLambertLA.

Cinema Audio Society sets next awards date and timeline

The Cinema Audio Society (CAS) will be holding its 55th Annual CAS Awards on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown in the Wilshire Grand Ballroom. The CAS Awards recognize outstanding sound mixing in film and television as well as outstanding products for production and post. Recipients for the CAS Career Achievement Award and CAS Filmmaker Award will be announced later in the year.

The InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown is a new venue for the awards. They were held at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza last year.

The timeline for the awards is as follows:
• Entry submission form will be available online on the CAS website on Thursday, October 11, 2018.
• Entry submissions are due online by 5:00pm PST on Thursday, November 15, 2018.
• Outstanding product entry submissions are due online by 5:00pm PST on Friday December 7, 2018.
• Nomination ballot voting begins online on Thursday, December 13, 2018.
• Nomination ballot voting ends online at 5:00pm PST on Thursday, January 3, 2019.
• Final nominees in each category will be announced on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
• Final voting begins online on Thursday, January 24, 2019.
• Final voting ends online at 5:00pm PST on Wednesday, February 6, 2019.

 

CAS celebrates Dunkirk, GoT and more at 54th Awards show

The 54th CAS Awards took place this weekend at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel. The event, hosted by comedian Michael Kosta, was a celebration of people and projects that featured the best sound mixing as well as what the Cinema Audio Society consider the top audio products from 2017.

Re-recording mixer Anna Behlmer was honored  with the CAS Career Achievement AwardShe  is the first woman to receive the CAS Career Achievement Honor. 

The following are all the winners from the evening: 

MOTION PICTURE – LIVE ACTION

Dunkirk

Production Mixer – Mark Weingarten, CAS

Re-recording Mixer – Gregg Landaker

Re-recording Mixer – Gary Rizzo, CAS

Scoring Mixer – Alan Meyerson, CAS

ADR Mixer – Thomas J. O’Connell

Foley Mixer – Scott Curtis

(The Dunkirk team is our main image.)

(Photo: Alex J. Berliner / ABImages)

The Coco team. 

MOTION PICTURE—ANIMATED

Coco

Original Dialogue Mixer – Vince Caro

Re-recording Mixer – Christopher Boyes

Re-recording Mixer – Michael Semanick

Scoring Mixer – Joel Iwataki

Foley Mixer – Blake Collins

MOTION PICTURE—DOCUMENTARY

Jane

Production Mixer – Lee Smith

Re-recording Mixer – David E. Fluhr, CAS

Re-recording Mixer – Warren Shaw

Scoring Mixer – Derek Lee

ADR Mixer – Chris Navarro, CAS

Foley Mixer – Ryan Maguire

TELEVISION MOVIE or MINI-SERIES

Black Mirror: USS Callister

Production Mixer – John Rodda, CAS

Re-recording Mixer – Tim Cavagin

Re-recording Mixer – Dafydd Archard

Re-recording Mixer – William Miller

ADR Mixer – Nick Baldock

Foley Mixer – Sophia Hardman

TELEVISION SERIES – 1 HOUR 

Game of Thrones: Beyond the Wall

Production Mixer – Ronan Hill, CAS

Production Mixer – Richard Dyer, CAS

Re-recording Mixer – Onnalee Blank, CAS

Re-recording Mixer – Mathew Waters, CAS

Foley Mixer – Brett Voss, CAS

Anna Behlmer with her CAS Career Achievement Award.

TELEVISION SERIES – 1/2 HOUR

Silicon Valley: Episode 9 “Hooli-Con”

Production Mixer – Benjamin A. Patrick, CAS

Re-recording Mixer – Elmo Ponsdomenech

Re-recording Mixer – Todd Beckett

TELEVISION NON-FICTION, VARIETY or MUSIC SERIES or SPECIALS

Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge

Production Mixer – David Hocs

Production Mixer – Tom Tierney

Re-Recording Mixer – Tom Fleischman, CAS

OUTSTANDING PRODUCT – PRODUCTION

 Sound Devices’ Mix Pre- 10T Recorder

OUTSTANDING PRODUCT – POST PRODUCTION

 iZotope’s RX 6 Advanced

STUDENT RECOGNITION AWARD

Xing  Li

Chapman University – Orange, California


All Images: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

Sound work recognized by the CAS and MPSE

By Mel Lambert

While George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road swept the Academy Awards for both sound editing and sound mixing — congratulations, respectively, to co-supervising sound editors Mark Mangini and David White, production mixer Ben Osmo, and re-recording mixers Chris Jenkins and Gregg Rudloff — members of the Cinema Audio Society/CAS and Motion Picture Sound Editors/MPSE favored a broader cross section of film and TV productions during their recent awards ceremonies held in Hollywood in late February.

Hosted by comedian Elayne Boosler, the 52nd CAS Awards celebrated the lifetime contributions of ADR mixer Doc Kane by honoring him with the CAS Career Achievement Award for his more than 350 film credits. There were special video tributes from both Disney Animation and Pixar, as well as actor Brad Garrett.

Emmy Award-winning director/producer/screenwriter Jay Roach received the CAS Filmmaker Award, with remarks from Oscar-nominated actor Bryan Cranston and sound designer/re-recording mixer John Ross, CAS.

The CAS Motion Picture — Live Action Award went to The Revenant, with production mixer Chris Duesterdiek; re-recording mixers Jon Taylor, CAS, Frank Montaño and Randy Thom, CAS;  scoring mixer Conrad Hensel; ADR mixer Michael Miller, CAS; and Foley mixer Geordy Sincavage. The CAS Motion Picture — Animation Award went to Inside Out, with original dialog mixer Doc Kane; re-recording mixers Tom Johnson and Michael Semanick; scoring mixer Joel Iwataki; and Foley mixer Mary Jo Lang, CAS.

The Revenant (L-R): Geordy Sincavage; Candice Todesco; Jon Taylor, CAS; Randy Thom, CAS; Chris Duesterdiek; and Charlie O’Shea.

The CAS Television Movie or Miniseries Award went to Fargo: “Season 2 Episode 5” and production mixer Michael Playfair, CAS; and re-recording mixers Kirk Lynds and Martin Lee. The CAS Television Series — One-Hour went to Game of Thrones: “Hardhome” and production mixers Ronan Hill, CAS, and Richard Dyer, CAS; re-recording mixers Onnalee Blank, CAS, and Mathew Waters, CAS; and Foley mixer Brett Voss, CAS. The CAS Television Series — 1/2-Hour Award went to Modern Family: “Connection Lost” and production mixer Stephen A. Tibbo, CAS; plus re-recording mixers Dean Okrand, CAS, Brian R. Harman, CAS, and David Michael Torres. The CAS Television Non-Fiction, Variety or Music Series or Specials Award went to Live From Lincoln Center: Danny Elfman’s Music From the Films of Tim Burton, and re-recording mixer Ken Hahn, CAS, and production/house sound mixer Paul Be.

Modern Family (L-R): Presenters Phillip and Mo Collins, Penny Coghlan (supervising sound editor); David Michael Torres, Brian R. Harman, CAS., Dean Okrand, CAS; Srdjan “Serge” Popovic (boom operator); Stephen A. Tibbo, CAS; and William Munroe (boom operator).

Matt Yocum, a student at Savannah College of Art and Design, was given the CAS Student Recognition Award with a check for $2,500. CAS Technical Achievement Awards were presented to Sound Devices SL-6 and iZotope RX5-Advanced for Post Production.

Celebrity presenters included former Screen Actors Guild president Ed Asner, Emmy-nominated actor Walton Goggins, actress/writer Mo Collins, actor Charley Koontz, actress Dana Gourrier and comedian Carlos Alazraqui.

MPSE
The 63rd MPSE Golden Reel Awards featured 24 categories encompassing feature films, long/short-form TV, animation, documentaries and other media. Held on February 27 in downtown Los Angeles, opening remarks came from outgoing MPSE president Frank Morrone and incoming president Tom McCarthy.

Doug Hemphill and Lee Smith with Richard King

During the ceremonies, the annual MPSE Filmmaker Award was given to director Sam Raimi by re-recording mixer Marti Humphrey and sound designer/supervising sound editor Jussi Tegelman. Supervising sound editor/sound designer Richard King was presented with an MPSE Career Achievement Award by picture editor Lee Smith and re-recording mixer Doug Hemphill.

MPSE Best Sound Editing: Feature English Language — FX/Foley was a tie, with joint honors going to Mad Max: Fury Road and The Revenant. For Mad Max: Fury Road,  supervising sound editors Mark Mangini, MPSE, Scott Hecker, MPSE, and Wayne Pashley, MPSE; supervising Foley editor Stuart Morton; sound designers David White and Julian Slater; Foley artists John Simpson and Blair Slater; and sound effects editors Fabian Sanjurjo, Cate Cahill, Chris Aud, Chuck Michael, Rick Lisle, Andrew Miller, Emma Mitchell, Alicia Slusarski, Mario Gabrielli, Nigel Christensen, Phil Barrie, Michael Mitchell and Jared Dwyer.

For The Revenant it was supervising sound editors Martín Hernández, Randy Thom, MPSE, and Lon Bender, MPSE; sound designer Jon Title; Foley supervisor Geordy Sincavage; additional supervising sound editor Todd Toon, MPSE; sound effects editors Mark Larry, Dino DiMuro, Adam Kopald, Pernell L. Salinas, Bill Dean, D. Chris Smith, MPSE, Hector Gika, David McMoyler and Stephen Robinson; Foley editors Nancy MacCleod, Ryan Wassil and Aran Tanchum; plus Foley artists Katy Rose, Gretchen Thomas, Rick Owens, Vincent Guisetti, Catherine Harper, Gregg Barbanell and Andrea Gard.

Inside Out

The MPSE Best Sound Editing & Music: Animation — Feature Film went to Inside Out supervising sound editors Shannon Mills and Ren Klyce; supervising dialogue editor Daniel Laurie; supervising music editor Stephen M. Davis; sound designer Ren Klyce; Foley artists John Roesch and Alyson Dee Moore; sound effects editors David C. Hughes, Malcolm Fife and Jeremy Bowker; plus Foley editor Tom Brennan.

The MPSE Best Sound Editing & Music: Documentary — Feature Film went to Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck and supervising sound editor Cameron Frankley, sound effects editor Dan Kenyon and music editor Jon Michaels.

The MPSE Best Sound Editing: Feature Film — Music Score went to Star Wars: The Force Awakens supervising music editor Ramiro Belgardt and music editor Paul Apelgren. The MPSE Best Sound Editing: Feature Film — Music in a Musical went to Love & Mercy and music editor Nicholas Renbeck. The MPSE Best Sound Editing: Feature English Language — Dialogue/ADR went to Bridge Of Spies supervising sound editors Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom; supervising dialogue editor Brian Chumney; and supervising ADR editor Steve Slanec.

Presenters included producer Ra’uf Glasgow, actress Briana Brown, supervising sound editor Alan Murray, actress Julia Parker, actor Joe Spano, producer Andrew Sugarman, supervising sound editor Cameron Frankley, Warner Bros. executive Bill Angorola, music editor Thomas Milano and production sound editor/CAS President Mark Ulano.

A complete list of MPSE Golden Reel Awards can be found on the organization’s website: www.mpse.org.

Mel Lambert is principal of Content Creators, an LA-based copywriting and editorial service. He can be reached at mel.lambert@content-creators.com. Follow him on Twitter @MelLambertLA.

Our Main Image: Inside Out (L-R): Presenter Onnalee Blank, CAS, Michael Semanick, Doc Kane, Mary Jo Lang, CAS, Tom Johnson, Joel Iwataki and presenter/actor Walton Goggins. 

MPSE Photos: Tilt Photo