Sound artists from Sony Pictures Entertainment are among the nominees for 2016 Motion Picture Sound Editor Golden Reel Awards and the 52nd Cinema Audio Society 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 also 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.
K-Tek has extended its smart line of Stingray Audio bags, with the first made specifically for the Tascam DR-70D and DR-701D. The new KSTG70 incorporates Stingray’s hallmark big-bag features into a small, yet sturdy form factor to enhance the versatility and applications of Tascam’s compact package. The Stingray KSTG70 is ideal for audio and video professionals, documentarians, serious enthusiasts and musicians.
Roland has introduced the WearPro Mic, a wearable device that provides high-quality audio capture for the Hero3, Hero3+, and Hero4 video cameras from GoPro. Specially designed for the popular camera series, the WearPro Mic supports both binaural and standard stereo recording, and plugs directly into the Hero with no conversion cables needed. GoPro users can easily record immersive first-person soundtracks that put viewers right in the middle of the action.
Sony Pictures Animation’s monster hit Hotel Transylvania 2, currently topping charts and setting records at the worldwide box office, marks the return of the Drac Pack in an all-new comedy adventure. Like its hit 2012 predecessor, the new film is directed by Genndy Tartakovsky and features the voice talents of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, and many others. Also back for the sequel are supervising sound editor Geoffrey G. Rubay and his sound team from Sony Pictures Post Production Services.
On September 26, Sony Pictures Post Production Services will welcome leading innovators from across the world of motion picture sound as host of the Second Annual Mix Presents Sound for Film Conference and Exhibition. The theme for this year’s event, co-sponsored by the Motion Picture Sound Editors and the Cinema Audio Society, will be Music, Effects and Dialog in an Immersive World. It will explore the current boom in immersive sound technologies through speakers, panels, workshops and exhibits. Participants will include DTS, Dolby, Yamaha, Auro Technologies and other sound companies.
One of Hollywood’s most gifted action directors, Antoine Fuqua explores the rarified violence of the boxing ring in his latest film Southpaw, released this month by The Weinstein Company. The director’s visceral boxing imagery is supported by a meticulously crafted soundtrack, created by a team from Sony Pictures Post Production Services led by supervising sound editor Mandell Winter, sound designer David Esparza and re-recording mixers Steve Pederson and Daniel J. Leahy.
Editor’s Note: Writer Timo Klinge recently sat down with Ben Osmo, production sound mixer and Oliver Machin, sound department coordinator & vehicle FX recordist about their experiences in the desert of Nambia, Africa during the recent production Mad Max: Fury Road. This article was provided by Ambient Recording and is reprinted here with the company’s permission.
Zoom North America today introduced the F8 MultiTrack Field Recorder, designed for filmmakers and sound designers.
Continuing to grow its sound department, Sony Pictures Post Production Services has added award-winning re-recording mixers Steve Pederson and Daniel J. Leahy to its creative staff. Pederson and Leahy have worked as a team on a number of motion picture projects, including the Antoine Fuqua film The Equalizer, which, as independents, they mixed on Sony Pictures’ Cary Grant Stage last year. They are currently mixing Fuqua’s latest film, Southpaw on the Sony lot. Upcoming projects include HBO’s True Detective and Fuqua’s remake of The Magnificent Seven.
On May 15, Pitch Perfect 2 starring Anna Kendrick opened in theaters nationwide grossing more than $100 million in just two weeks. At the heart of the film’s success is its musical score. Supervising music mixer Joseph Magee, whose credits include the original Pitch Perfect, Saving Mr. Banks, High Fidelity and Into the Wild, recorded and mixed all of the a capella vocal performances using Harman’s JBL M2 Master Reference Monitors in a specially-built studio on location in Baton Rouge.