What He Said

As I was preoccupied with a top-secret paramilitary op to rescue adorably scruffy orphans with one hand whilst decimating enemy forces with nothing more than can of hairspray and a Soviet-era paperclip in the other (god, who hasn’t had one of those days?), I fell behind a bit in my coverage, so some catch-up will be the order of the day.

First up: the C.A.S. awards were given out, where Jeff Wexler won the Career Achievement Award. Please to enjoy:

CAS Awards 2011: Jeff Wexler Speech – CAS Career Achievement Award from Michael Coleman on Vimeo.

Over the years, Jeff has very generously operated the website jwsound.net, which has become the de facto pro sound mixer forum. He was also recently featured in an interview with the CAS Quarterly, where he has this to say about modern sets:

What doesn’t work for me is the all-too prevalent and indiscriminate use of multiple cameras necessitating that all production sound be recorded using microphones on the actor’s bodies…
What is lost is perspective sound recording. The microphone on an actor’s chest has no point of view, no realistic context, it is basically a radio show (pun intended). In the old days, perspective sound, dialog that is recorded in a manner that matches the image, was achieved quite easily when using one camera at a time and usually a boom mic positioned in relation to the size of the frame. This is not possible now with current shooting practices and I feel that this has reduced the creative and meaningful contribution of the dialog recording on a movie or television project…

Yes, yes and yes.

Link to the CAS Quarterly.

And here is the complete list of the winners of the 47th CAS Awards:

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for
DVD Original Programming:

30 Days of Night: Dark Days
Production Mixer
Michael Williamson, CAS
Re-recording Mixers
Eric Lalicata, CAS

7th Annual CAS Technical Achievement Awards:

Schoeps Super CMIT 2U

Post Production
Izotope Izotope RX-2

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for
Television – Non-Fiction, Variety or Music –
Series or Specials:

Deadliest Catch: Redemption Day
Re-recording Mixer
Bob Bronow, CAS

2011 CAS Filmmaker Award Honoree:
Taylor Hackford

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Television Series:

Boardwalk Empire (A Return to Normalcy-Episode 12)
Production Mixer
Franklin D. Stettner, CAS
Re-recording Mixers
Tom Fleischman, CAS

2011 CAS Career Achievement Honoree:
Jeffrey S. Wexler, CAS

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Television Movies and Mini-Series:

Temple Grandin
Production Mixer
Ethan Andrus
Re-recording Mixer
Rick Ash

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for
Motion Pictures:

True Grit
Production Mixer
Peter F. Kurland, CAS
Re-recording Mixers
Skip Lievsay, CAS
Craig Berkey, CAS
Greg Orloff, CAS


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