Monday, February 22, 2016

Tattersall Sound & Picture Wins CAS Award; Garners Six Canadian Screen Award Sound Nominations and Three MPSE Nominations

Sound nods come for features Hyena Road and Into the Forest as well as television shows The Book of Negroes, Songs of Freedom,  Vikings and Fargo.

Toronto—Sound artists from Tattersall Sound & Picture, a SIM Group company, won a 2016 Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Award last night for their work on Fargo. Re-Recording Mixers Kirk Lynds and Martin Lee were honored for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Television Movie or Mini-Series for Fargo, Season 2, Episode 5. They shared the award with Production Mixer Michael Playfair CAS.

Tattersall Sound & Picture talent have received three nominations in feature film categories in the Canadian Screen Awards. Two of the nominations are for the war drama Hyena Road; the third is for the sci-fi drama Into the Forest. Artists also received three nominations in television categories for The Book of Negroes, Vikings and Songs of Freedom.



Tattersall Sound & Picture Wins CAS Award; Garners Six Canadian Screen Award Sound Nominations and Three MPSE Nominations

Sound nods come for features Hyena Road and Into the Forest as well as television shows The Book of Negroes, Songs of Freedom,  Vikings and Fargo.

Toronto—Sound artists from Tattersall Sound & Picture, a SIM Group company, won a 2016 Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Award last night for their work on Fargo. Re-Recording Mixers Kirk Lynds and Martin Lee were honored for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Television Movie or Mini-Series for Fargo, Season 2, Episode 5. They shared the award with Production Mixer Michael Playfair CAS.

Tattersall Sound & Picture talent have received three nominations in feature film categories in the Canadian Screen Awards. Two of the nominations are for the war drama Hyena Road; the third is for the sci-fi drama Into the Forest. Artists also received three nominations in television categories for The Book of Negroes, Vikings and Songs of Freedom.


COUNTDOWN TO THE 63RD MPSE GOLDEN REEL AWARDS

Los Angeles—Presented by The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE), the 63rd MPSE Golden Reel Awards will be held February 27, 2016 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites in Los Angeles. The awards will honor outstanding achievement in sound in 24 categories spanning motion pictures, television, animation and computer entertainment.

Sam Raimi, director of the blockbuster Spider-Man features and the low-budget horror classic The Evil Dead will be honored with the annual Filmmaker Award. Raimi’ award will be presented by Re-Recording Mixer Marti Humphrey and Sound Designer/Supervising Sound Editor Jussi Tegelman.

Three-time Academy Award™-winning Supervising Sound Editor and Sound Designer Richard King will be honored with the 2016 MPSE Career Achievement Award. King won Oscars for Best Achievement in Sound Editing for Inception (2011), The Dark Knight (2009) and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2004). King’s award will be presented by Picture Editor Lee Smith and Re-Recording Mixer Doug Hemphill, with special video presentations from Warner Bros. Executive Kim Waugh and Director Christopher Nolan.

Other presenters will include 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 and CAS President Mark Ulano.




Thursday, February 18, 2016

MPSE 2016 Career Achievement Honoree Richard King: A Lifetime in Sound

Studio City, California – On February 27th, Supervising Sound Editor and Sound Designer Richard King will receive the Motion Picture Sound Editors’ 2016 Career Achievement Award. A three-time Academy Award winner (Inception, The Dark Knight and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World), King will join such previous sound professionals as Skip Lievsay, Randy Thom, Larry Singer, Walter Murch and George Watters II as a recipient of the MPSE’s highest honor.

King began his career in the early ‘80s when editing sound meant working with Moviolas and mag. An early adopter of digital technology, he embraced tools that not only allowed him to better manipulate sound, but also to discover and experience sound in new ways. On the other hand, his artistic values and the way he goes about his work have remained consistent, varying little over a career spanning three decades and more than 80 films. He is currently working on SUICIDE SQUAD for director David Ayer.

“The way I work hasn’t changed very much,” King says. “On my first film, I didn’t have access to a sound library, so I started recording the sounds that I needed. I still like to do lots of recording. The editing tools themselves have become very powerful, and great time-savers, but the imagining process takes what it takes. The digital tools allow the time for a lot more experimentation than was possible on film.”

Richard King

WCPMedia Services Brings Virtual Screening to Italian Film Market, MIA

Film and television market uses new cloud-based media management platforms to connect sellers with buyers in 58 countries.

Lugano, SwitzerlandWCPMedia Services recently helped MIA Market, Italy’s first-ever international market for film, television, documentaries and video games, connect content owners with potential buyers through the use of its groundbreaking media management platform. The cloud-based service allowed MIA’s 1600 participants—in Rome and in 58 countries worldwide—to view new content on demand via secure, online screening rooms. MIA was held recently in Rome in conjunction with the Rome Film Fest.

WCPMedia Services is rapidly changing the way film markets do business. It’s no longer necessary to hunt for slots to host market screenings or to send DVDs to distributors around the world.  Instead, sellers upload content to a cloud database, then invite buyers, journalists and others into password-protected screening rooms. Users can watch the content at their convenience via a laptop, mobile device or other screen. The service marks a leap forward in security as copying is protected and content is watermarked by recipient.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

PS Production Services Supports “Deadpool” in Vancouver

Vancouver— PS Production Services provided lighting, power, dolly and grip equipment for Deadpool, the comic book thriller from 20th Century Fox opening internationally this month. PS supported the production during two & half months of shooting on location in Vancouver. The shoot included a spectacular crash sequence staged on the Georgia Viaduct, near the city’s downtown. Deadpool smashed records, garnering $260 million at the box office worldwide for its opening weekend.

Based upon the Marvel Comics anti-hero, Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, played by Ryan Reynolds, a Vancouver native. The movie marks the feature debut of Director Tim Miller, an Academy Award-nominee for the animated short Gopher Broke.

Technicolor PostWorks Preps Five Features Premiering at SXSW

NEW YORK— Technicolor PostWorks, New York’s premiere provider of post-production services for independent film, supported five films debuting at next month’s SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. Services included editorial conforming, final color grading, deliverables, sound mixing, VFX review and dailies.
The SXSW films include:

collective: unconscious, “Black Soil, Green Grass”, (Narrative Feature Competition, World Premiere) Five of independent film’s most adventurous filmmakers adapt each other's dreams for the screen. The segment “Black Soil, Green Grass” was directed by Daniel Patrick Carbone.

Technicolor PostWorks provided color grading; Sam Daley, colorist.


Thursday, February 11, 2016

SIM Group Supports Women in Film’s Public Service Support for Discovery Eye Foundation

SIM Digital, Bling Digital and Chainsaw provide camera, dailies and post services for PSA  highlighting the need for early detection of macular degeneration.

Los Angeles— A simple walk in a park can prove heartbreaking for sufferers of age-related macular degenerative disease as vividly represented in a public service announcement produced by Women in Film for the Discovery Eye Foundation’s Macular Degeneration Partnership. The SIM Group, through its SIM Digital, Bling Digital and Chainsaw divisions, donated a variety of goods and services toward the production of the PSA, which stresses the importance of early detection in avoiding the worst consequences of a disease that affects some 15 million Americans.

Titled One Focus, the PSA allows viewers to see the world through the eyes of someone afflicted with AMD. It follows a woman as she visits a park and shows her growing concern as familiar objects such as signs, flowers, ice cream and faces become blurred. As the voiceover describes the Macular Degeneration Partnership’s work to preserve eyesight, the distorted objects become clear again.


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

MTI Film Restores Classic Spencer Tracy Drama “The Power and the Glory”

The restoration earns nomination for a 2016 Focal International Award.

HOLLYWOOD—Restoration of 20th Century Fox’s 1933 classic The Power and the Glory was recently completed at MTI Film, Hollywood. The restored version of the film is currently submitted for a 2016 Focal International Award for Best Archive Restoration and Preservation Project.

Directed by William K. Howard, The Power and the Glory tells the story of a ruthless railroad tycoon who works his way up from track walker to president of the company. The film is notable for a strong performance from a 33-year-old Spencer Tracy and for its script, the first produced by Preston Sturges.

The film is told through flashbacks and is often cited as influencing Orson Welles and Herman J. Mankiewicz, and their script for Citizen Kane. In 2014, the Library of Congress deemed the film “historically or aesthetically significant” and it was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.


Monday, February 8, 2016

Sony Pictures Post Production Services Talent Garner MPSE and CAS Nominations for Sound

Sound artists from Sony Pictures Entertainment are among the nominees for 2016 Motion Picture Sound Editor (MPSE) Golden Reel Awards and the 52nd Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Awards. Sony Pictures talent are nominated in six categories of the MPSE Golden Reel Awards for work on the films Southpaw and Hotel Transylvania 2, and the television series Homeland, Saints and Strangers and True Detective. Sony Pictures talent received eight nominations for CAS Awards for work on the film The Hateful Eight and Hotel Transylvania 2, and the television series True Detective and Silicon Valley.
Sony Pictures nominees include:

2016 MPSE Golden Reel Awards

BEST SOUND EDITING: SOUND EFFECTS & FOLEY IN A FEATURE FILM
Southpaw
Mandell Winter, MPSE, Supervising Sound Editor
David Esparza, Sound Designer
Ryan Collins, Sound Effects Editor
John Sanacore, Supervising Foley Editor
Amy Kane, Foley Artist
Anita Cannella, Foley Artist

BEST SOUND EDITING: SOUND EFFECTS, FOLEY, DIALOGUE & ADR IN AN ANIMATION FEATURE FILM
Hotel Transylvania 2
Geoffrey Rubay, Supervising Sound Editor
Curt Schulkey, Supervising Dialogue and ADR Editor
Ryan Collins, Sound Effects Editor
James Morioka, Foley Supervisor
John Dunn, Sound Effects Editor
Jon Wakeham, Sound Effects Editor
Bernard Weiser, MPSE, Dialogue/ADR Editor
Alec Rubay, Sound Effects Editor
Sarah Monat, Foley Artist
Robin Harlan, Foley Artist

BEST SOUND EDITING IN TELEVISION – LONG FORM: DIALOGUE & ADR
Saints and Strangers
Victor Ennis, Supervising Sound Editor
Kenneth L. Johnson, ADR Editor
Scott Ferrara, Dialogue Editor
Brian Armstrong, Dialogue Editor

Thursday, February 4, 2016

PS Production Services Honours Sari Friedland with the Douglas James Dales Industry Builder Award

Ottawa – Independent producer Sari Friedland is celebrated as the recipient of the 2016 Douglas James Dales Industry Builder Award. Named for the late Doug Dales, founder of PS Production Services, the annual award is presented to a producer whose sustained, voluntary, selfless service, contribution and commitment has benefited the Canadian film and television production industry. The award was presented last night at the PS Dinner on the Hill, held in conjunction with the Canadian Media Production Association’s Prime Time Conference in Ottawa.
Sari has produced scores of motion pictures and television series over the course of a career spanning three decades. She most recently served as supervising producer on the Afghanistan War drama Hyena Road, currently nominated for eight Canadian Screen Awards. Sari is also a long-standing member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) and a past recipient of the Kodak/CFTPA Lifetime Achievement Award.
(l to r) Eleanor O'Connor, Alex Raffé, Sari Friedland, Rob Sim

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Killer Tracks Adds Soul to Artist Series with New Release from Luke McMaster

Singer-songwriter’s Motown-influenced “I Feel Alive” available for licensing.

SANTA MONICA, Calif.— I Feel Alive, a collection of 13 pop-driven, original songs from blue-eyed soul singer Luke McMaster, is the latest addition to Killer Tracks’ acclaimed Artists Series.  The tracks are available for licensing through www.killertracks.com and for commercial purchase on iTunes. Killer Tracks is the leading source for today’s hottest pre-cleared production music.

“Luke McMaster writes great music with memorable melodies and big catchy choruses,” says Carl Peel, Killer Tracks Vice President of Production.   Luke’s songs are real and emotionally relevant, and they work with visuals. Very few people can nail all that.  Luke did.”