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Leading Digital Aiming to Improve Image of Chinese Movies (Exclusive)

New Chinese outfit, Leading Digital Post is setting out to modernize the Chinese post-production industry and change international perceptions of the developing sector.

“Chinese companies want to be global players and see their films sold internationally. For that they need to make sure their work is presented to international standards,” said senior VP of operations Richard Burnette, a long term veteran of Todd Ao in Los Angeles.

The company has some 6,000 m2 of facilities in a former shipyard in central Shanghai. With a Dolby Atmos stage, its services span visual post (on site dailies, digital intermediates etc.) and sound (design, mixing, re-recording and Adr).

Founded by Mary Cao and three other private investors, Leading Digital opened for business last year following some Us$20 million (RMB130 million) of upfront investment.

“Many Beijing-based post facilities leave a lot to be desired in terms of client service. We want people to feel like
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Latest 2015 Awards Roundup: "Birdman" Triumphs with Cinematography, Sound Mixing and Editing Awards!

With one week before the Academy Awards, "Birdman" continues its triumphant march towards Oscar glory. Just this past weekend, the Alejandro González Iñárritu contender won the top awards at the American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) awards, the 62nd Sound Editors' Golden Reel, and the 51st Cinema Audio Society. The film also took home the Best Contemporary Hair Styling award from the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild.

Will this transfer to Oscar glory?

Here's the complete list of winners from the Asc, Golden Reel, Cinema Audio Society, and Make-Up Artist and Hair Stylists Guild awards.

29th American Society of Cinematographers Winners

Feature Film: "Birdman"

Emmanuel Lubezki, Asc, AMC

Television Episodic: "Boardwalk Empire: Golden Days for Boys and Girls"

Jonathan Freeman, Asc

Television Movie/Miniseries/Pilot: "Manhattan" pilot

John Lindley, Asc

Spotlight Award: "Concrete Night" ("Betoniyo")

Peter Flinckenberg, Fsc

62nd Sound Editors' Golden Reel Winners

Feature Animation: .Big
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‘Birdman,’ ‘Unbroken’ Lead Mpse Golden Reel Awards

‘Birdman,’ ‘Unbroken’ Lead Mpse Golden Reel Awards
The 62nd Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards recognized features including “Birdman,” “Big Hero 6,” “Unbroken” and “Get on Up” at Sunday night’s ceremony at the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles.

Birdman” took the sound editing music award, while James Brown biopic “Get On Up” received the musical feature sound editing award. “Unbroken” won for dialogue/Adr, while “American Sniper” won for FX/Foley. “Big Hero 6″ took the sound and music editing award for feature animation.

The Golden Reel Awards recognize outstanding achievement in sound editing in 20 categories including feature films, long-form and short-form television, animation and documentaries.

Darren Aronofsky was honored with the Filmmaker award, with supervising sound editor Craig Henighan presenting,while the Career Achievement Award went to supervising sound editor Skip Lievsay, with Greg Orloff presenting.

Mpse president Frank Morrone said in his opening address, “Our goal is to improve the prestige and recognition
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‘Birdman,’ ‘Unbroken’ Lead Mpse Golden Reel Awards

‘Birdman,’ ‘Unbroken’ Lead Mpse Golden Reel Awards
The 62nd Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards recognized features including “Birdman,” “Big Hero 6,” “Unbroken” and “Get on Up” at Sunday night’s ceremony at the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles.

Birdman” took the sound editing music award, while James Brown biopic “Get On Up” received the musical feature sound editing award. “Unbroken” won for dialogue/Adr, while “American Sniper” won for FX/Foley. “Big Hero 6″ took the sound and music editing award for feature animation.

The Golden Reel Awards recognize outstanding achievement in sound editing in 20 categories including feature films, long-form and short-form television, animation and documentaries.

Darren Aronofsky was honored with the Filmmaker award, with supervising sound editor Craig Henighan presenting,while the Career Achievement Award went to supervising sound editor Skip Lievsay, with Greg Orloff presenting.

Mpse president Frank Morrone said in his opening address, “Our goal is to improve the prestige and recognition
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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

  • Deadline
‘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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There Are Other Roles to Play and Ways to Earn a Living in Hollywood. Watch a Foley Artist at Work...

  • ShadowAndAct
One of the most accomplished Foley artists in Hollywood, award-winner Gary Hecker, has worked on over 200 films, in a career that began in 1973 with "The Exorcist." Since then, he's worked as the foley artist or supervising foley artist on some 220 films, mostly Hollywood hits, including "Coming to America," "Man of Steel," "Django Unchained," and most recently, "Divergent." In the video below, he shares tips and tricks he’s learned throughout his 40+ year old career that also includes working on titles you'll be familiar with, like "The Empire Strikes Back" to "Robin...
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The Sound of Lone Survivor – Featured interviews

We talk with the Oscar nominated sound team behind Director Peter Berg’s film Lone Survivor which is based on the 2007 nonfiction book of the same name by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson. Featured interviews include Supervising Sound Editor Wylie Stateman, Re-recording Mixer Andy Koyama, Re-recording Mixer Beau Borders, Sound Designer Harry Cohen, Sound Editor Dror Mohar, Supervising Dialogue and Adr Editor Renee Tondelli, and Sound Editor Brandon Spencer. Synopsis Marcus Luttrell, a Navy Seal, and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious al Qaeda leader Ahmad Shahd, in late June 2005. After running into mountain herders and capturing them, they were left with no choice but to follow their rules of engagement or be imprisoned. Now Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare. To read more go to The Sound of
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Abu Dhabi 2012: 'The Last Stand' Foley Supervisor Shoots Down Hollywood Sound Expert Claim

Abu Dhabi – Gary Hacker, supervising Foley artist on the new Arnold Schwarzenegger movie The Last Stand, has slapped down fellow sound worker Michael Broomberg for publicly suggesting that sound post-production on the Lionsgate film was hurried. Broomberg, a Hollywood sound artist whose studio work includes War of the Worlds and Watchmen, told an Abu Dhabi Film Festival panel audience that shrinking sound budgets for independent films was “madness.” During his Masterclass, he said that independent producers never earmark enough money for Foley work. Broomberg added that he had just eight days to do Foley work on The

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Kim Kardashian settles lawsuit with Old Navy

Kim Kardashian has settled a lawsuit with clothing company Old Navy. The reality TV star previously claimed the brand used a lookalike of her in one of its adverts last year, but the lawsuit has been dismissed in Los Angeles today (29.08.12) and the company agreed to pay the brunette beauty an undisclosed amount based on her claims. While the exact terms of the settlement were not filed in court, both parties are said to be 'satisfied' with the outcome. Kim's lawyer Gary Hecker said: 'The lawsuit was resolved to the mutual satisfaction of the parties.' A report last year revealed Kim was suing the clothing brand for unspecified damages, believed to be in the region of
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Movie News After Dark: Dredd, Antonioni and Coping With a Negative Dark Knight Rises Review

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly column dedicated to what’s happening. We begin this evening’s rather slim pickings with a shot from Dredd, which is one of a number of images from Dredd that hit the web over the last few days. I will say this: Lena Headey looks pretty fierce as Ma-Ma. 1. A study of color in movie posters – Breaks down the distribution of color in movie posters between 1914 and 2012. It’s a pain-staking look at the colors we’ve responded to over the years and how cooler tones (blues, greens, purples) have come into style more since the 1980s. 2. Awesome Batman art – GeekTyrant has collected a number of pieces of Batman art that are very cool. Alongside some Alex Ross pieces, there was this one from Ruiz Burgos which I found particularly striking: 3. A Unique Achievement in Myth-making – Speaking of the Dark Knight, Charlie
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Kardashian Sues Clothing Chain Over TV Ad Look-a-like

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Kardashian Sues Clothing Chain Over TV Ad Look-a-like
Socialite Kim Kardashian has launched a legal battle against the bosses of a popular U.S. clothing chain for using a look-a-like in their latest advertising campaign.

The reality TV star was not impressed when she saw the TV commercial for Old Navy, which featured brunette model Melissa Molinaro, who bears a striking similarity to Kardashian and was also named 'Kim' in the ad.

Her attorney, Gary Hecker, filed suit against the fashion firm on Wednesday, accusing the retailer of the "unauthorised use of Kardashian's name, likeness, identity and persona".

The star, who has her own clothing deal with rival store Sears, is seeking compensatory and punitive damages.

Ironically, Molinaro's Kardashian similarities have caught the eye of the socialite's ex-boyfriend Reggie Bush - the American football star has been romantically linked to the model in recent weeks.

Fauxdashian Alert! Kim Kardashian Sues Old Navy Over Campaign Clone

Fauxdashian Alert! Kim Kardashian Sues Old Navy Over Campaign Clone
Not so super c-u-t-e now, is it Old Navy? Though really, the surprise here isn't that Kim Kardashian has filed suit against the clothing giant for using a fairly uncanny lookalike in their recent ad campaign. The surprise here is that it took Kim so long to finally get around to filing the paperwork on this Fauxdashian fiasco. But this morning, she's righted that wrong. Kim's attorney, Gary Hecker, filed the federal lawsuit against Old Navy in U.S. Disctrict Court bright and early this morning, over the retailer's "unauthorized use of Kardashian's name, likeness, identity and persona." In addition to compensatory and punitive damages—which a source tells E! News...
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A Foley Artist At Work…

One of the most accomplished Foley artists in Hollywood, award-winner Gary Hecker shares tips and tricks he’s learned during a career that has spanned more than 200 films – from The Empire Strikes Back to Robin Hood, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, Angel & Demons, Watchmen and the Spiderman trilogy. There are other ways to make money in this business as you can see
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Votd: Profile of a Foley Artist

  • Slash Film
Most serious film fans have a good idea of the basics of foley work: sound engineers in a studio recreate (or, in many cases, simply create) all the incidental sounds that fill out the soundtrack of a film. Most of us have probably seen Ben Burtt talk about banging on high-tension wires to create laser sounds for Star Wars, or how he layered sounds [1] and waved a microphone to create the signature lightsaber effects. Creating all-new sounds is great, but most foley work is about recreating everyday sounds, and doing so in a way that can be mixed with flexibility and tuned specifically to the tone of a given film. So check out this video portrait of foley artist Gary Hecker, after the break. Most of what we see here is work being done on Ridley Scott's Robin Hood, and as a result the film plays into the classic
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The Mind-Blowing Art of Foley Sound (Video)

  • Moviefone
Filed under: Video, Cinematical

It's almost become a cliché to rant and rave about just how important sound is to a film, but then a video like this comes around and reminds us all that there simply isn't enough wild praise to lavish on the mad geniuses that somehow manage to breath true life into a series of photographs projected in rapid motion onto a large screen. Anyone who has seen a work-in-progress print of a movie without finished sound can tell you that -- despite film being a visual medium -- it's up to the sound guys to ease you into the world of the film.

The subject of this all-too-short behind-the-scenes portrait is Gary Hecker, a Foley artist whose filmography may very well make your brain explode. His job is simple in concept, but amazingly complex in execution: He has to look at the finished film and recreate
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The Mind-Blowing Art of Foley Sound (Video)

  • Cinematical
Filed under: Video, Cinematical

It's almost become a cliché to rant and rave about just how important sound is to a film, but then a video like this comes around and reminds us all that there simply isn't enough wild praise to lavish on the mad geniuses that somehow manage to breath true life into a series of photographs projected in rapid motion onto a large screen. Anyone who has seen a work-in-progress print of a movie without finished sound can tell you that -- despite film being a visual medium -- it's up to the sound guys to ease you into the world of the film.

The subject of this all-too-short behind-the-scenes portrait is Gary Hecker, a Foley artist whose filmography may very well make your brain explode. His job is simple in concept, but amazingly complex in execution: He has to look at the finished film and recreate
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Morning Meme: "Supernatural" Gets Meta, Marriage Movement Around the Country, and Nate Berkus Is "Next"

  • The Backlot
Of course the big news items yesterday were the announcements related to marriage equality. As always, I prefer my legal analysis from the Law Dork, Chris Geidner. Basically, the Doma announcement was nice, but not at all what the headlines said. As for the filing on Prop 8 asking the stay be lifted, that’s more interesting. Particularly if you live in California.

Does anyone else think that allowing Prince Harry to throw the stag party for Prince William is risky? At least taking a yacht out into international waters should minimize witnesses. But I admit to spitting Coke Zero on my keyboard when I read that the party would involve a “variety of extreme watersports.”

The DC Agenda has a nice roundup of various gay Oscar winners, from costume designers like Albert Wolsky to Dustin Lance Black.

Speaker John Boehner issued a brief statement regarding Doma yesterday:“While Americans want
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Behind the sound of “Robin Hood” with foley artist Gary Hecker

HollywoodNews.com: Award-winning Foley artist Gary Hecker recently joined Css Studios’ Todd-ao in late 2009. One of the most accomplished Foley artists in Hollywood, Hecker has contributed to more than 200 films in a career spanning almost three decades. Among his recent credits are 2012,The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, Angel & Demons, Watchmen and the Spiderman trilogy.

At Todd-ao, Hecker will serve as Supervising Foley Artist, and while continuing to work on films, will also seek to grow the facility’s Foley department. “Gary Hecker is synonymous with Foley and enjoys universal respect in the Hollywood sound community,” said Css Studios President Robert C. Rosenthal. “He is an exceptional talent, one who has helped to define his craft, and he makes a wonderful addition to our team.”

Hecker, who spent the past 16 years at Sony Pictures Entertainment, likened his move to Todd-ao to a reunion. “There are several artists at Todd-ao
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