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Cinema Audio Society Elects Karol Urban As President

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Karol Urban has been elected president of the Cinema Audio Society, succeeding Mark Ulano, who has been termed out after four years. Urban, a veteran re-recording mixer, is only the second female president in the organization's 55-year history, and the first since 2002. The CAS, whose membership is 95% male, was founded in 1964 to advance the specialized field of cinematic sound recording and to achieve recognition for its members. "I am so incredibly honored to have… Read


How ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Sound Designers John Warhurst & Paul Massey Brought Immediacy To Live Aid Recreation

The sound and music editor and re-recording mixer behind Bohemian Rhapsody, John Warhurst and Paul Massey came to the project with ample experience on music-based films, and still needed time to get their footing, figuring out how this particular one could work. Telling the remarkable true story of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, the drama follows the band's rise from humble beginnings through their iconic performance at Live Aid in 1985. Given the nature of the story at… Read


Anna Behlmer On Battling Sexism And Nepotism On Way To Her 10 Oscar Sound Mixing Noms

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Anna Behlmer, one of the most Oscar-nominated women of all time, made her career in a craft that has long been dominated by men. Over the years, she's been sexually harassed and discriminated against, but honored as well. In the history of the Academy Awards, which unveil nominations for their 91st edition Tuesday, women have received only 16 nominations for best sound mixing – and she has 10 of them, including the very first by a women in 1996 for Mel Gibson’s… Read


CAS Awards: ‘Black Panther’, ‘A Star Is Born’ & ‘Mrs. Maisel’ Among Cinema Audio Society Nominees

The Cinema Audio Society has announced the nominees for its 55th annual CAS Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for 2018. The awards in seven categories will be presented February 16 at the Wilshire Grand Ballroom of the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. See the full list of nominations below. Facing off in the Motion Picture – Live Action category are A Quiet Place, A Star Is Born, Black Panther, Bohemian Rhapsody and First Man. In animated film, Incre… Read


For ‘Roma’, The Sounds Are As Important To Alfonso Cuarón As The Images – Watch The Featurette


EXCLUSIVE: Netflix’s Roma was built from the memories of its writer-director Alfonso Cuarón during his childhood in Mexico City. Those memories are as much of sounds as they are of visuals, according to the filmmaker, who along with his sound gurus explain in a new behind-the-scenes featurette. The pic has been working its way through awards season since its Golden Lion win at Venice and is a surefire Oscar contender, and is up for three Golden Globes on Sunday. “The… Read


‘First Man’ Sound Editors Capture Neil Armstrong’s Journey To The Moon With Authentic, Evocative Palette

After collaborating with Damien Chazelle on La La Land to the tune of three Oscar nominations, sound editors Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Morgan embarked on a transformative odyssey with First Man, which defied their preconceptions of how sound might manifest in a big-budget space drama. Scripted by Josh Singer, Chazelle's latest would dive into the psychology and potently immersive experiences of Neil Armstrong, the first man to step foot on the moon. Knowing the degree to… Read


Crew Member James Emswiller Dies After Fall On Set Of Tom Hanks’ Mister Rogers Film; Sony Laments “Devastating Tragedy” – Update

UPDATED with studio statement and OSHA probe: A sound mixer has died after a fall on the set of the untitled film about Mister Rogers starring Tom Hanks. James M. Emswiller, an Emmy winner who also worked on major films such as The Avengers during a three-decade career, fell two stories from a balcony while taking a break between scenes in Mount Lebanon, PA. He apparently suffered a medical emergency and fell over the brick wall of a balcony in an apartment building where… Read


Cinema Audio Society To Honor Lee Orloff With Career Achievement Award

Oscar-winning production sound mixer Lee Orloff is set to receive the Cinema Audio Society’s 2019 Career Achievement Award. He will be celebrated during the 55th CAS Awards on February 16 at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown hotel. Orloff launched his sound-mixing career with 1984’s Blood Simple, the first film from Joel and Ethan Coen. A half-decade later he would grab the first of seven career Oscar noms for The Abyss, which began a three-film collaboration with… Read


‘The Shape Of Water’ Sound Teams On The Sonic Dimension To Creature Creation

Elegantly designed and impeccably shot, Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water would need a strong, immersive sonic experience to cross the finish line, ending up as it did with 13 Oscar nominations in the strongest showing for any film this year. Set primarily within 1960s Baltimore laboratories, this romantic fantasy between a fish-man and a mute janitor would require not only period accuracy in its depiction of its central locations, but also a believable… Read


Sound Designer Julian Slater On His “Lightning In A Bottle” Moment With Sound-Centric ‘Baby Driver’

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In Baby Driver, his fifth collaboration with writer-director Edgar Wright, sound designer Julian Slater found perhaps the greatest challenge of his career that was also his greatest opportunity: a cinematic vehicle that was all about sound. Ever since 2004's Shaun of the Dead, Slater had become accustomed to Wright's desires to push boundaries with cinema, with awe-inspiring images and the sound to back them up. In Baby Driver—a film where sound is a character in its own… Read