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Oscar-nominated sound editors, mixers share insights with AES LA section

By Mel Lambert

A recent meeting of the Audio Engineering Society’s Los Angeles section offered an opportunity to hear from a number of Oscar nominees and winners as they shared their experiences while preparing dramatic film soundtracks, including how the various sound elements were secured, edited and mixed to picture, plus the types of hardware used in editorial suites and dubbing stages.

Whiplash, written and directed by Damien Chazelle, was re-recorded on Technicolor at Paramount’s Stage 4 by dialog/music mixer Craig Mann and sound effects mixer Ben Wilkins (see our interview with Wilkins), using tracks secured on location by production mixer Thomas Continue reading

Congrats to this year’s Oscar nominees

 

By Randi Altman

And so it begins…. the yearly march to the Academy Awards to be held Sunday, February 22. With the nominations now locked down, let the betting begin! (Disclaimer: Dear Authorities, I am just joking and will in no way personally be participating in any illegal gambling activities. Nothing to see here. Move along.)

Oh, back to the nominations. Last month I had the pleasure of interviewing editor William Goldenberg, who is nominated this year for his work on The Imitation Game, which appears in a number of categories. Check out the story here. There is a fun bit about how Goldenberg first met Morten Tyldum, who is nominated for directing the film.

Jeney Walden interviewed the audio post team behind Unbroken, including nominees Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro from NBCUniversal StudioPost. Read her story here.

Jeney also spoke to Soundcrafter about their audio post work on Boyhood. While they weren’t nominated, the film and director Richard Linklater were. Take a look at the piece.

And to keep you in the Oscar vibe, take a look at my interview with The Grand Budapest Hotel colorist Jill Bogdanowicz. She worked on the film’s look directly with director Wes Anderson, who was nominated in the Best Picture Category and the Directing category. It’s a good read.

There is much more for fun stuff on the site, so please tool around a bit. Oh, one last thing about the Oscars. Did anyone notice THIS in the Music (Original Song) category? Danielle Brisebois was nominated for her work on the film Begin Again. For those of a certain age, you might remember her as the little girl on the classic sitcom All in the Family, where she warmed the icy-cold heart of Archie Bunker. Brisebois was nominated for music and lyrics along side Gregg Alexander.

Okay, enjoy Oscar season, and keep an eye on this space for more articles about nominees.

Main Photo Caption: Actor Chris Pine and Academy president Cheryl Boone-Issacs during the nomination announcements.

‘Unbroken’: real sound for a real story

Director Angelina Jolie tasked her audio post crew with keeping it as authentic as possible.

By Jennifer Walden

Unbroken is about the human spirit and just how hard it is to break. The film is based on the life of Louis Zamperini, which was chronicled by Laura Hillenbrand in her non-fiction novel Unbroken. Zamperini, a delinquent youth transformed by his athletic prowess on the high school track team, went on to compete in the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. But that was just the beginning of an amazing life.

As a second lieutenant in the US Air Force during WWII, he was deployed in the Pacific, first as a bombardier on the B-24 Liberator “Super Man,” and then again on a search-and-rescue mission aboard the engine-troubled B-24, “The Green Hornet.” After being lost at sea for 47 days, Continue reading

William Goldenberg on editing ‘The Imitation Game’

By Randi Altman

William Goldenberg’s path to editing The Imitation Game was an interesting one. He had never worked with director Morten Tyldum before, but a chance meeting at a party after the BAFTA Awards led to the pairing.

“I didn’t know who he was, and he was loud,” Goldenberg laughs. “This long-haired, Norwegian man came up to me and said he’d love for me to edit this film he was going to direct. His English wasn’t great, and I wasn’t quite sure what he was talking about, but I said, ‘Sure.’”

Goldenberg went on to forget about the meeting until a couple of months later when he received The Imitation Game script, and pieced it all together. Thus began the start of a beautiful Continue reading