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15 items from 2014


Variety jumps into the deep end of crafts coverage and it's about time

30 July 2014 3:11 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

As one person put it to me, "It's nice to have a trade covering, you know, the trades, because we haven't really had that in some time." Indeed, it's fantastic to see our colleagues at Variety dig in and represent the industry as they are with the newly branded "Artisans" initiative, and it's a long, long time coming. It is and has been an underreported element of the business, but I've happily seen that slowly shift in the decade we've been diligently, sometimes obsessively, covering below-the-line here at In Contention. From the word go, we made these artists a priority around here. They have an insight into the process that is always preferable to the soundbyte-prone "stars" of the circuit, and as someone who has always come at this work from that perspective, those chats are typically the most fulfilling to me. As we've forged ahead, we've witnessed other outlets »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Inside Guillermo Del Toro's Crimson Peak and Pacific Rim Comic-Con Experience

24 July 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

If you are lucky enough to be at Comic-Con this year, make sure to head on over to the Legendary Pictures booth because it's packed full of really cool stuff! Director Guillermo del Toro is presenting a couple things there that are definitely worth checking out. One is for his upcoming horror film Crimson Peak, the other is an Oculus experience that's been created for Pacific Rim.

I had a chance to experience these on preview night, and it was a extremely cool experience! First of all, I got a personal tour of the Crimson Peak exhibit from Del Toro himself, and I have to say that was one of the coolest experiences I've ever had. I got to chat with him about his upcoming movie for a bit, and this gothic haunted house horror film he's creating is going to be batshit insane! They basically built a spooky, cool, »

- Joey Paur

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Watch: Guillermo del Toro Leads Personal Tour of Crimson Peak “Gothic Gallery” and Reveals First Logo at Comic-Con

24 July 2014 9:20 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Last night at Comic-Con, right after the doors opened, I attended a very cool presentation at the Legendary booth.  Not only did I see a demo of the Pacific Rim: Jaeger Pilot Oculus Rift game (I now understand why everyone is raving about Oculus Rift), I got to check out a very cool Crimson Peak set-up which included a personal tour with writer/director Guillermo del Toro.  As you can see in the video, del Toro explains more of the story for his next film, why he selected which props and costumes are on display, and how he personally designed everything you'll see inside the booth which they're calling a "Gothic Gallery."   Designed to look like a set from the movie, the booth is definitely worth checking out, and I love the way it's all-encompassing with great sound design by Randy Thom. In addition to the video, you can »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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#SDCC14: Exclusive - Guillermo del Toro Gives Us a First Look at Crimson Peak

24 July 2014 2:01 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

One of the coolest things we've done at this year's Comic-Con was head over to Legendary's booth to check out their two must-see displays: an Oculus Rift-driven Pacific Rim Jaeger pilot sim and a mini Crimson Peak set that came with a guided tour by Guillermo del Toro himself!

First up was Pacific Rim... Guys, if you can spare some time this crazy weekend to head over and check out this video game tech build on the Oculus Rift, you need to. Describing it will not do it justice, and the experience is so undeniable cool that you'll want to do it again and again.

The Oculus Rift technology is probably the most crazy and immersive thing we've ever seen. Add in some giant Robot vs. Kaiju action, and you have what can only be described as a monster fan's wet dream! Wow.

From there we spoke with del Toro about Crimson Peak, »

- Steve Barton

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Comic-Con: 'Crimson Peak' Skull Logo and Gothic Gallery

23 July 2014 10:49 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Legendary Pictures is constantly pushing the envelope in developing unique ways to bring fans into the incredible worlds that are on display in the company's movies. &#8232Last year, Legendary brought fans The Godzilla Encounter and it was one of the most talked about attractions of all-time at Sdcc. This year, attendees will not have to leave the show floor to experience Legendary's movies as the company has combined the innovation of virtual reality with the handcrafted artistry of moviemaking right in the confines of its booth (#3920).

Legendary's attractions at this year's show will allow fans to step right into the mind of Guillermo del Toro through an exclusive virtual reality experience, during which they will train to become a Jaeger pilot in Pacific Rim, and an interactive Gothic Gallery that will take fans right into the haunted world of Crimson Peak. We have your first look at Crimson Peak here »

- MovieWeb

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Comic-Con 2014: 'Crimson Peak' Gallery & 'Pacific Rim' Oculus Rift

23 July 2014 10:08 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

To kick off Comic-Con 2014, Legendary Pictures sent us an exclusive invite to be the first inside their booth (#3920) on the convention floor where attendees can partake in the Crimson Peak Gothic Gallery. We were lucky enough to get a personal tour from Guillermo del Toro, introducing us to some cool artifacts from the film inside an almost claustrophobic replica of the haunted house that will be featured in the horror flick slated for release in 2015. The gallery takes you behind the curtain, literally, and duplicates the organic feel of the house, as it sounds like a living, breathing thing, complete with goodies. What's impressive is how open and haunting such a small space is made to feel. Guillermo del Toro himself designed the gallery experience with an atmospheric soundscape designed by Academy Award Winner Randy Thom, that features blowing winds, the faint flapping of butterfly and moth wings and more. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Watch: SoundWorks Featurette on 'How to Train Your Dragon 2'

1 July 2014 9:39 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

DreamWorks Animation finally released How to Train Your Dragon 2 in theaters last month, and the film is definitely on par with the original fantasy adventure. Now a new featurette dives into the sound design and editing of the animated film, which is always fascinating since all of the sounds in the film have to be manufactured behind the scenes. SoundWorks Collection always has the coolest, in-depth look at this element of production, complete with insight from talents who bring the sounds to life, like Skywalker Sound re-recording mixer and sound designer Randy Thom and director Dean DeBlois. Watch below! Here's the SoundWorks Collection featurette on How to Train Your Dragon 2 from Vimeo: The second chapter of the epic How To Train Your Dragon trilogy brings back Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless five years later. While Astrid (America Ferrera), Snotlout (Jonah Hill) and the rest of the gang are »

- Ethan Anderton

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Tech Support: 'Gravity,' 'Gatsby,' 'Dallas' and 'Frozen' ruled Oscar's craft categories

3 March 2014 3:13 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The morning after the Oscars is always a strange feeling. We've been covering this process in earnest for months, and now it's over. And for the first time ever, I'm pleased to say that I scored a perfect 10 in predicting the winners in the crafts categories! (I went 21/24 overall, missing Best Live Action Short, Best Animated Short and…Best Picture.) To be fair, however, I'm hardly the only person to have gone 10/10 in this respect. In that sense, we had a night without surprises, which is not to say we didn't have stories. The big story in the crafts categories is, of course, "Gravity's" dominance, as it won six of the 10 below-the-line fields, with the obvious (and highly deserved) win in Best Visual Effects being a foreshadowing of things to come in Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing and Best Original Score. Visual effects supervisor Tim Webber, »

- Gerard Kennedy

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Mpse Golden Reel Awards: ‘Captain Phillips,’ ‘Gravity,’ ‘The Great Gatsby’ Win Sound Editors Awards

17 February 2014 7:48 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sound editors united at the 61st Mpse Golden Reel Awards on Feb. 16 with “Star Wars” creator George Lucas dubbing them “the backs on which the entire film industry rests.”

Lucas was there to present longtime friend and director of sound design at Skywalker Sound, Randy Thom, with the Mpse career achievement award.

Before Thom received Mpse’s highest honor, he took the stage to collect his Golden Reel for “Epic,” beating out “Frozen” for best sound and music editing in animation. “I wasn’t ready to be nervous yet,” he said.

Thom has been nominated for 14 Oscars, an Emmy, a Grammy, and has won two Academy Awards for “The Incredibles” and “The Right Stuff.”

Lucas used to call Thom the “sound Buddha” because for the first 10 years working together Lucas never heard him say anything.  “[Thom] just adds things in without having to question everything,” Lucas said.

Thom returned the praise »

- Nikara Johns

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‘Gravity,’ ‘Captain Phillips’ Nab Mpse Sound Editing Awards

16 February 2014 11:15 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Gravity and Captain Phillips took home the big feature awards tonight — for Best Sound Effects & Foley work and Best Dialogue/Adr, respectively — as the Motion Picture Sound Editors doled out annual awards recognizing achievement in sound editing. HBO’s Game of Thrones, AMC’s Breaking Bad, FX’s The Bridge and FX’s Sons of Anarchy took home honors on the TV side. Feature films, long- and short-form TV, animation, and docus were on the docket at the black tie affair at L.A.’s Bonaventure Hotel where George Lucas presented the annual Mpse Career Achievement Award to Skywalker Sound’s Randy Thom and Ray Dolby was feted in a special tribute introduced by Walter Murch. Scroll down for full list of winners: Career Achievement Award Randy Thom TV/Feature Animation & Documentary Best Sound & Music Editing: Television Animation Fairly Odd Parents “Dumbbell Curve” (Nickelodeon ) Directed by: Randy Myers, Michelle Bryan Produced by: Butch Hartman, »

- JEN YAMATO

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‘Game of Thrones’ Rules Golden Reel Awards TV Nominations

17 January 2014 5:08 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Game of Thrones” still reigns supreme with the Motion Picture Sound Editors.

The HBO fantasy drama received the most nominations from the Mpse for its upcoming 61st annual Golden Reel Awards. While “Thrones” leads with three, “Boardwalk Empire,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Walking Dead” and “Sons of Anarchy” trail closely behind with two noms each. The Golden Reel Awards take place on Feb. 16 at Los Angeles’ Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites.

Although Mpse announced its film nominations (which included “Gravity,” “12 Years a Slave” and “Captain Phillips”) on Wednesday, it released the TV, computer entertainment, direct-to-video, special venue and student categories on Friday.

Here’s a full list of the nominees:

Best Sound Editing: Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue And Adr Animation In Television:

Fairly OddParents

Supervising Sound Editor: Heather Olsen, Mpse

Gravity Falls

Supervising Sound Editor: Heather Olsen, Mpse

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Supervising Sound Editor: Matthew Wood

Monster High

Supervising »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Awards Season Continues With Visual Effects, Sound Mixing And Makeup Nominations

14 January 2014 6:41 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Today was a busy day for some of the smaller guilds with the Visual Effects Society, the Cinema Audio Society, and the Makeup and Hairstylists Guilds all announcing their nominations for 2013.

First, we have the Ves, whose main category to look at is “Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture,” where we find Gravity and four other nominees that are just going to have to be happy with the fact that they got nominated. This is perhaps the easiest category to call in the entirety of awards season, and I don’t mean just here, but for the Oscar as well (Last year’s winner, Life of Pi, easily took this category before going on to claim the Oscar). It’s true that films like The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and Star Trek Into Darkness had outstanding effects as well, but nothing even came close to the amazing, »

- Jeff Beck

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Cinema Audio Society Unveils Nominations

14 January 2014 3:22 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

The Cinema Audio Society has announced the nominees for the 50th Annual Cas Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for 2013. Winners will be revealed on February 22nd in the Crystal Ballroom of the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. The Cas Career Achievement Award will be given to Re-recording Mixer Andy Nelson.

Here are the nominations for the 50th Cinema Audio Society Awards:

Motion Picture . Live Action

Captain Phillips

Production Mixer --Chris Munro, Cas

Re-recording Mixer .- Michael Prestwood Smith

Re-recording Mixer -- Chris Burdon

Re-recording Mixer -- Mark Taylor

Scoring Mixer -- Al Clay

Adr Mixer -- Howard London, Cas

Foley Mixer -- Glen Gathard

Gravity

Production Mixer --Chris Munro, Cas

Re-recording Mixer -- Skip Lievsay, Cas

Re-recording Mixer -- Niv Adiri

Re-recording Mixer -- Christopher Benstead

Scoring Mixer -- Gareth Cousins

Adr Mixer -- Thomas J. O'Connell

Foley Mixer . Adam Mendez

Inside Llewyn Davis

Production Mixer -- Peter F. Kurland, »

- Manny

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Cinema Audio Society Noms Zig Where Others Zag

14 January 2014 6:04 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Cinema Audio Society noms mostly follow the broad award season trends — but the differences are doozies.

The Cas noms for live action motion picture include “Captain Phillips,” “Gravity,” “Inside Llewyn Davis” and “Lone Survivor,” but for their final nominee, the org tapped a pic that isn’t getting a lot of awards love this season: “Iron Man 3.” Marvel’s pic made it over such other tentpoles as “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” and such awards darlings as “American Hustle.”

The Cas recognizes outstanding achievement in sound mixing. The Motion Picture Sound Editors’ Golden Reel Awards highlight sound editing.

The Cas noms for animated feature, a category added last year, went to “The Croods,” “Despicable Me 2,” “Frozen,” “Monsters University,” and then, once again, to a less ballyhooed title: “Walking with Dinosaurs.”

The TV races will give “Behind the Candelabra,” yet another chance at a statuette, in the movie & minis category, »

- David S. Cohen

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Cinema Audio Society Noms Zig Where Others Zag

14 January 2014 6:04 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Cinema Audio Society noms mostly follow the broad award season trends — but the differences are doozies.

The Cas noms for live action motion picture include “Captain Phillips,” “Gravity,” “Inside Llewyn Davis” and “Lone Survivor,” but for their final nominee, the org tapped a pic that isn’t getting a lot of awards love this season: “Iron Man 3.” Marvel’s pic made it over such other tentpoles as “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” and such awards darlings as “American Hustle.”

The Cas recognizes outstanding achievement in sound mixing. The Motion Picture Sound Editors’ Golden Reel Awards highlight sound editing.

The Cas noms for animated feature, a category added last year, went to “The Croods,” “Despicable Me 2,” “Frozen,” “Monsters University,” and then, once again, to a less ballyhooed title: “Walking with Dinosaurs.”

The TV races will give “Behind the Candelabra,” yet another chance at a statuette, in the movie & minis category, »

- David S. Cohen

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