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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Sound Editing

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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Sound Editing
The sound in “Dunkirk” is crucial for this almost-silent, radically structured action movie. And “War for the Planet of the Apes” is also relatively dialogue light–except when Woody Harrelson’s Kurtz-like Colonel and Andy Serkis as Caesar explode in a dramatic face-off. And each time Ryan Gosling’s K in “Blade Runner,” Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman or Ansel Elgort’s Baby Driver enters a new landscape, the sound design clues us into what’s going on.

Here are our current predictions in alphabetical order. No movie will be deemed a frontrunner until I see it.

Frontrunners:

Will Files (“War for the Planet of the Apes”)

Richard King (“Dunkirk”)

Mark Mangini (“Blade Runner 2049”)

James Mather (“Wonder Woman”)

Julian Slater (“Baby Driver”)

Contenders:

Craig Berkey (“Darkest Hour”)

Richard Hymns (“The Post”)

Eric A. Norris, Steven Ticknor (“Spider-Man: Homecoming”)

Warren Shaw (“Beauty and the Beast”)

Donald Sylvester (“Logan”)

Matthew Wood
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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Sound Mixing

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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Sound Mixing
The Sound branch of the Academy often favors music-driven movies when it comes to the Mixing Oscar nominations, so Edgar Wright’s propulsive “Baby Driver” has a shot here, along with the elaborately layered sound mixes on “War for the Planet of the Apes,” “Wonder Woman,” “Dunkirk” and “Blade Runner 2049.”

Frontrunners:

Ron Bartlett, Doug Hemphill, Mac Ruth (“Blade Runner 2049”)

Chris Burdon, Gilbert Lake, Chris Munro (“Wonder Woman”)

Tim Cavagin, Julian Slater, Mary H. Ellis, James Peterson (“Baby Driver”)

Will Files, Douglas Murray, Andy Nelson, Chris Duesterdiek (“War for the Planet of the Apes”)

Gregg Landaker, Gary Rizzo, Mark Weingarten (“Dunkirk”)

Contenders:

Craig Berkey, John Casali (“Darkest Hour”)

David Giammarco, Paul Massey, Paul Ledford (“Logan”)

Christian P. Minkler, Michael Minkler, John Casali (“Beauty and the Beast”)

Kevin O’Connell, Tony Lamberti, Felipe Borrero (“Spider-Man: Homecoming”)

David Parker, Michael Semanick, Tim White (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”)

Gary Rydstrom (“The Post”)

Long Shots:

Ron Bartlett,
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‘Passengers’ Supervising Sound Editor Will Files Launches Into A New, Kubrick-Inspired Sci-Fi Realm

An artist equally comfortable in the depths of outer space and in rural, small-town Virginia, in both epic and indie worlds, supervising sound editor Will Files contributed sound designs for two of this year's acclaimed pictures at opposite ends of the spectrum, the tense sci-fi actioner Passengers and Jeff Nichols' interracial marriage drama, Loving. In the former case, working alongside director Morten Tyldum and picture editor Maryann Brandon, Files was committed to…
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6 Best Sound Oscar Contenders That Make Us More Active Participants

6 Best Sound Oscar Contenders That Make Us More Active Participants
1. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens": In keeping with J.J. Abrams' old-and-new hybrid philosophy, the esteemed team of Gary Rydstrom, Dave Acord, Chris Scarabosio, Will Files, Matt Wood, and Andy Nelson not only made use of Ben Burtt’s iconic sounds from the original trilogy but also new ones that he created. The result once again instilled a sense of the familiar with the uniquely futuristic. Thus, Kylo Ren's cool-looking lightsaber sounds unstable, just like his volatile temperament, which makes it seem even more dangerous, while Bb-8 sounds funnier than R2-D2 (thanks in part to vocal assistance by Bill Hader and Ben Schwartz). 2. "The Revenant": The team (led by supervising editors Lon Bender, Randy Thom and Martin Hernandez) brilliantly make nature a sonic character and immerse us in Leonardo DiCaprio's intense journey in the most effective way. They found existing sounds (bear vocalizations, trees creaking in the wind) and recorded them.
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Motion Picture Sound Editors Announce Golden Reel Nominees

Motion Picture Sound Editors Announce Golden Reel Nominees
American Sniper,” “Big Hero 6,” “Birdman,” “The Lego Movie” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” have been nominated by the Motion Picture Sound Editors for the 62nd Mpse Golden Reel Awards, to be held Feb. 15 at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles.

The Mpse announced nominees in 20 categories Wednesday.

“2014 was a fantastic year for sound,” said Mpse president Frank Morrone. “The advent of new distribution channels, streaming services and gaming platforms is creating additional opportunities for sound artists to practice their craft beyond the traditional venues of film and television. This year’s nominations reflect that change, spanning an amazing diversity of mediums and genres, all executed at the highest level of creativity. We are truly inspired and impressed by the work of our colleagues.”

Darren Aronofsky will receive the filmmaker award, and Skip Lievsay will receive the career achievement award.

The entire nominations list:

Feature Animation

Big Hero 6

Walt Disney Animation Studios
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‘Birdman,’ ‘Apes’ Top 2015 Golden Reel Nominations

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‘Birdman,’ ‘Apes’ Top 2015 Golden Reel Nominations
Hollywood’s sound pros nominated Birdman and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes for three awards apiece as the Motion Picture Sound Editors unveiled nods for its 62nd Mpse Golden Reel Awards, honoring the best feature film, television, animation and computer entertainment work of the year.

“2014 was a fantastic year for sound,” said Mpse president Frank Morrone. “The advent of new distribution channels, streaming services and gaming platforms is creating additional opportunities for sound artists to practice their craft beyond the traditional venues of film and television. This year’s nominations reflect that change, spanning an amazing diversity of mediums and genres, all executed at the highest level of creativity. We are truly inspired and impressed by the work of our colleagues.”

This year’s Golden Reels will additionally honor Noah director Darren Aronofsky with the Mpse’s annual Filmmaker Award. Oscar winner Skip Lievsay, known for his work
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If I had an Oscar ballot...

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If I had an Oscar ballot...
We're winding down the year-in-review game here at HitFix as 2014 draws to a close. For whatever reason I took a year off of the ballot/superlatives posts, but I'm back with those personal assessments of the best of the year, beginning today with my top picks across the Academy's 24 categories. Check back in tomorrow for a list of winners from this lot, as well as others in a slew of peripheral categories. And of course, feel free to let us know what your Oscar ballot would look like in the comments section below. (Oh, and naturally it goes without saying this post is living in a parallel reality where I'm not confined to a specific branch for nominations and reign supreme over all categories with selections for each.) We'll find out if the Academy agrees with any of this when the 87th annual Oscar nominations are announced on Jan. 15. *** Best
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AFI Fest unveils tech showcase

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AFI Fest unveils tech showcase
Top brass have announced the inaugural technology showcase State Of The Art - Innovation, Storytelling And Technology.

The three-day event will take place from November 10-12 and features presentations by Weta Digital and Technicolor.

Weta effects supervisor Dan Lemmon will preside over The Evolution Of Weta Digital on November 10. The session explores the company’s 20-year history and has as its centerpiece a case study on Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (pictured).

One day later How To Train Your Dragon 2 director Dean DeBlois and DreamWorks Animation chief technology officer Lincoln Wallen will showcase their new PrEMO tool built on the Apollo platform.

Sponsor Dolby will give the welcome address and Technicolor sponsors a keynote address by its production services president Tim Sarnoff.

The Dolby Institute is also behind a November 12 event entitled The Sound Of Imagined Worlds that looks at Dolby Atmos and features sound artists Erik Aadahl, Will Files and [link
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Tech Support: 'Godzilla,' 'Fury,' 'Interstellar' and more square off for Best Sound Editing

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Cling. Clang. Crash. Welcome to the category of Best Sound Editing, which awards the creation and integration of artificial sounds into a movie's soundtrack. This distinguishes this category from Best Sound Mixing, which awards the mixing of the film's overall soundtrack. Due to the emphasis on creating artificial sounds, action films and war films tend to do particularly well here. The branch is also not afraid to give a film a standalone nomination (this decade, that has included "All is Lost," "Tron: Legacy," "Drive" and "Unstoppable"). In the not-too-distant past, animated films were also practically annual staples, which is unsurprising given the need to manifest everything you hear in such productions. The sound branch has its favorite contenders who regularly return. Names like Richard Hymns and Wylie Stateman immediately jump to mind. This is likely the case to a greater extent in Sound Editing than Sound Mixing. But every year also sees new nominees.
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Best of 2013 (Behind the Scenes): How 'Star Trek' used music to move you (and made you cry)

Best of 2013 (Behind the Scenes): How 'Star Trek' used music to move you (and made you cry)
When Star Trek Into Darkness was released in May, our Sounds Like a Summer Movie series took a look at how music was used for dramatic impact — and it was used a lot. Sound mixer Will Files, who first worked with director J.J. Abrams on Cloverfield, estimates there’s music over 75 to 80 percent of the film. Once again, Abrams used longtime collaborator Michael Giacchino, who won an Oscar for scoring Up. “J.J. and Michael take a pretty classic approach to scoring a film in that it’s more about the emotional beats in a scene and trying to figure
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Sounds like a Summer Movie: How 'Star Trek' uses music to move you (and made you cry)

Sounds like a Summer Movie: How 'Star Trek' uses music to move you (and made you cry)
After exploring how children’s electric cars and remote-controlled jets were instrumental for creating the sounds of Iron Man’s suit in Iron Man 3, the second installment of our new series Sounds Like a Summer Movie takes a look at how music is used for dramatic impact in Star Trek Into Darkness. And it is used a lot: Sound mixer Will Files, who first worked with director J.J. Abrams on Cloverfield, estimates there’s music over 75 to 80 percent of the film. Once again, Abrams used longtime collaborator Michael Giacchino, who won an Oscar for scoring Up. “J.J. and
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'Star Trek' Sound Mixer Will Files Talks Dolby Atmos

'Star Trek' Sound Mixer Will Files Talks Dolby Atmos
If you plan to catch a Dolby Atmos mixed film--such as Star Trek Into Darkness or Epic--in an Atmos equipped theater this weekend, here’s more about the use of the format, as explained by Star Trek’s re-recording mixer Will Files of Skywalker Sound. Atmos is Dolby’s immersive sound system that debuted a year ago with Disney/Pixar’s Brave, a mix on which Files also worked. Since then, the sound system has been used or scheduled for use on roughly 40 features, including Epic, which opens this weekend, as well as upcoming Man of Steel, Monsters University, The Heat,

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Film Independent Announces Sponsors For La Film Fest

Virgin America Is Premier Sponsor Of 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival, Presented By Film Independent

Kodak, Stella Artois, Melrose Mac, Regal Cinemas L.A. Live Stadium 14, Jameson® Irish Whiskey, Deluxe Entertainment Services Group and Efilm, HBO®, Volkswagen of America, Canon U.S.A., Nokia and Dolby Laboratories, Inc. are Platinum Sponsors

Los Angeles (June 13, 2012) . Today the Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by Film Independent and Host Venue Regal Cinemas L.A. Live Stadium 14 announced its sponsors for the 2012 Festival. The Los Angeles Film Festival will run from Thursday, June 14 to Sunday, June 24 in downtown Los Angeles. The Presenting Media Sponsor is the Los Angeles Times, Premier and Opening Night Sponsor Virgin America and Platinum sponsors Kodak, Stella Artois, Melrose Mac, Regal Cinemas L.A. Live Stadium 14, Jameson® Irish Whiskey, Deluxe Entertainment Services Group and Efilm, HBO, Volkswagen of America, Canon U.S.A., Nokia and Dolby Laboratories, Inc. Special support is
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"Take Shelter" director Jeff Nichols clears the air

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"I never considered myself going into 'Shotgun Stories' as a filmmaker with worldly aspirations in terms of the stories I'm trying to tell. In fact, it was quite the opposite; they were very specific and very regional. But I realized that there's power in coming up with some kind of universal feeling and I was very much aware when selecting this topic for this film."

The topic, in this case, is anxiety; the film is "Take Shelter." And the man who made it, the man talking about his lack of worldly aspirations, is Jeff Nichols. He might want to find some and fast; "Take Shelter" is a very powerful film, even more powerful than his impressive debut, "Shotgun Stories," from 2007. In my opinion, it's one of the best movies of the year.

Michael Shannon stars as Curtis, a young husband and father paralyzed by nightly visions of the apocalypse.
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Video: The Art (and science) of I.L.M. Effects Wizards

Ilm (Industrial Light and Magic) has pioneered many groundbreaking effects and processes in the last 30 years. It would be hard to cover everything that Ilm has done in any one article (or even in a single book), so the following videos are much appreciated. Below are two videos that give a quick but informative look at the key elements of visual effects and theatrical sound design. Ilm opened their doors to The Daily for an exclusive look at the tools of the trade. Below you will see interviews with visual effects director Aaron Mcbride discussing the making of Ironman 2 and also Will Files, sound designer/re-recording mixer and the man behind the unforgettable sound effects in Cloverfield and Let Me In.

It’s a rare look into the art (and science) of the acoustic and visual magic that takes movies from an average experience to a blockbuster Hollywood event, and it comes highly recommended.
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Cholodenko, Friedkin Among Panelists Slated for Film Independent’s Directors Series

Film Independent, producer of the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced Tuesday the program for its 10th annual Directors Close-Up series, with panelists scheduled to include writer/directors Lisa Cholodenko (“The Kids Are All Right”) Jay Duplass (“Cyrus”), William Friedkin (“The Exorcist,” “The French Connection”), Nicole Holofcener (“Please Give”), director Matt Reeves (“Let Me In,” “Cloverfield”), composer Michael Giacchino (“Up,” “Star Trek)”, Skywalker Sound’s Douglas Murray (“Let Me In,” “Cloverfield”), Sound Designer Will Files (“Let Me In,” “Cloverfield”), with additional names to be announced.

Writer/directors James Gray (“Two Lovers”) and Robin Swicord (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”), and Los Angeles Film Festival artistic director David Ansen will moderate the event scheduled for Feb. 2-March 2 at The Landmark – West Los Angeles.

Over the course of five consecutive weeks, guests will hear first-hand from prolific film directors whose talent have set them apart as leaders in their craft.
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Filmmakers launch The Colony and The Slayers

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A pair of new projects are currently being prepped by writer/director Rich Robinson (who co-scripted and -helmed 2007’s Marcus) and producer/cinematographer Neil Moore for Backwoods Entertainment. One is a creature feature called The Colony, and the other is a youth-oriented horror/comedy in the Monster Squad vein titled The Slayers.

The Colony is set in the town of Eden Mills, where local sheriff Nick Whittaker must protect the residents from a pack of wolflike predators that dwell in an abandoned mineshaft. One of those beasts will make an appearance in The Slayers, which focuses on a group of misfit kids who team up to fight monsters threatening them and their neighbors. Robinson and Moore have shot teasers for both projects, which can be viewed at The Colony’s official website here and The Slayers’ site here.

“One thing we felt was important for us to hang onto,” Robinson says of The Slayers,
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Filmmakers launch The Colony and The Slayers

  • Fangoria
A pair of new projects are currently being prepped by writer/director Rich Robinson (who co-scripted and -helmed 2007’s Marcus) and producer/cinematographer Neil Moore for Backwoods Entertainment. One is a creature feature called The Colony, and the other is a youth-oriented horror/comedy in the Monster Squad vein titled The Slayers.

The Colony is set in the town of Eden Mills, where local sheriff Nick Whittaker must protect the residents from a pack of wolflike predators that dwell in an abandoned mineshaft. One of those beasts will make an appearance in The Slayers, which focuses on a group of misfit kids who team up to fight monsters threatening them and their neighbors. Robinson and Moore have shot teasers for both projects, which can be viewed at The Colony’s official website here and The Slayers’ site here.

“One thing we felt was important for us to hang onto,” Robinson says of The Slayers,
See full article at Fangoria »

Filmmakers launch The Colony and The Slayers

  • Fangoria
A pair of new projects are currently being prepped by writer/director Rich Robinson (who co-scripted and -helmed 2007’s Marcus) and producer/cinematographer Neil Moore for Backwoods Entertainment. One is a creature feature called The Colony, and the other is a youth-oriented horror/comedy in the Monster Squad vein titled The Slayers.

The Colony is set in the town of Eden Mills, where local sheriff Nick Whittaker must protect the residents from a pack of wolflike predators that dwell in an abandoned mineshaft. One of those beasts will make an appearance in The Slayers, which focuses on a group of misfit kids who team up to fight monsters threatening them and their neighbors. Robinson and Moore have shot teasers for both projects, which can be viewed at The Colony’s official website here and The Slayers’ site here.

“One thing we felt was important for us to hang onto,” Robinson says of The Slayers,
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