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Sound Design For Animators - free webinar

David Sonnenschein, professional sound designer and author of “Sound Design: the Expressive Power of Music, Voice, and Sound Effects in Cinema” has invited me to co-host a free sound design webinar for animators (all filmmakers are welcome!) on March 17, 2011 at 9:00 am PST / noon EST.

Film Headline News

Academy Release The Prisoner of Zenda

By Matt Kapko | Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 8:38am

n celebration of what would have been Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.’s 100th birthday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will screen “The Prisoner of Zenda” on Wednesday, December 9, at 8 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Oscar®-winning visual effects supervisor Craig Barron and Oscar-winning sound designer Ben Burtt will examine the innovative photographic and sound effects used in creating the classic 1937 film.

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Academy Award Winner Randy Thom Selected as a SIGGRAPH Keynote Speaker

Randy Thom, a pioneer in sound and a two-time Academy Award winner, will give a keynote presentation at SIGGRAPH 2009, the 36th International Conference and Exhibition for Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques.

Game Headline News

LittleBigPlanet, Dead Space Win Six NAViGaTR Awards Each

The winners of the 2008 NAViGaTR Awards were announced Monday, revealing the winners in 44 categories. Multiple awards went to Andrew Lackey, Claire Boissiere, Dave Feise, David Smith, David Swenson, Luci Black, Mark Healey, Martin Lynagh, and Michelle Ducker, which are three more than last year.

Out of its ten nominations, LITTLEBIGPLANET won six awards: Game of the Year, Game Design, Graphics/Technical, Innovation in Game Play, Original Children's Game, and Supporting Performance in a Comedy for Stephen Fry.

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WALL-E Hums and Whirrs to Sound Editor Award Win

WALL-E won Best Sound Editing in Animated Features from the Motion Picture Sound Editors on Saturday in Los Angeles, who also honored the man behind the robot, Ben Burtt, with their Career Achievement Award.


The winners are as follows:

Best Sound Editing: Sound Effects, Foley, Music, Dialogue and ADR Animation in a Feature Film


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Dark Knight, Benjamin Button Sound Good to the Sound Editors

THE DARK KNIGHT and THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON won awards from the Motion Picture Sound Editors on Saturday in Los Angeles, including Best Sound Editing for Music and Sound Effects and Foley for THE DARK KNIGHT and Best Sound Editing: Dialogue and ADR for BENJAMIN BUTTON.

The winners are as follows:

Best Sound Editing: Sound Effects, Foley, Music, Dialogue and ADR Animation in a Feature Film


Best Sound Editing: Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR in a Foreign Feature Film


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Sound Editors Honor Ben Burtt, Announce 2009 Nominees

The Motion Pictures Sound Editors have announced the nominees for the 2009 Golden Reel Awards, to be presented Feb. 21 in Los Angeles. The Career Achievement Award recipient will be Ben Burtt.

Best Sound Editing: Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR Animation in a Feature Film


Best Sound Editing: Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR in a Foreign Feature Film

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Toei Goes Digital, Adds Postproduction & Sound Stage

Tokyo-based animation and live-action producer and distributor Toei will spend $55 million on renovating and digitalizing their studio, per VARIETY.

The studio, in Tokyo's Nerima Ward, is four-story, 51,161 square feet facility for films, TV and animation production by their group companies. A highlight of the revamp is a new digital postproduction center to process images and sound, including advanced CG and 3-D work.

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How Did They Make That Sound on WALL-E?

Academy Award-winning sound designer Ben Burtt discusses how he created the voice of WALL-E and M-O and how he came up with the sound and character voice designer for WALL-E.

QUESTION: You had just finished a stint on STAR WARS when you were offered WALL-E and I imagine the last thing you wanted to work on was robots?

Animation Headline News

Academy Tunes Up For Animation Weekend

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will feature a weekend of public events and exhibitions spotlighting the art and science of animation -- "The Sound behind the Image II: Now Hear This!," "Normand Roger on The Animation Soundtrack" and "Frederic Back: A Life's Drawings" -- beginning on Friday, August 8, and continuing through Sunday, August 10, in Beverly Hills and Hollywood.

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Master and Commander to Set Sail for Academy

The 2003 Best Picture nominee MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD will screen on Monday, July 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater as the next feature in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' "Great To Be Nominated" series.

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Blastwave FX Releases Buzzsaw

HD sound effect developer Blastwave FX has released BUZZSAW, the most pain-inducing, gut-twisting production elements library in the world. This collection totals 1,500 HD sounds on two DVDs.

Whether it's film, television, radio, or video games, editors can use BUZZSAW to add power and intensity to their work with categories like Noise, Whooshes, Glitches, Distortions and many more.

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Animation Weekend At The Academy

Animation Weekend At The AcademyBeverly Hills, California, USAAugust 8-10, 2008

More information will come soon, but several Academy events the weekend of SIGGRAPH have been announced:

Friday, August 8 -- "Sound in Animation" (hosted by Mark Mangini -- Academy Award-nominated sound editor) The use of sound in classic animation -- clips, discussion and live demonstrations of sound effects.

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Sound Lounge Goes A Lap For NASCAR

Rob DiFondi of New York-based Sound Lounge mixes the killer sounds of crashing cars and scraping metal for NASCAR and Nationwide Insurance. As the speeding vehicles race around the track, every bang and bump is documented by a popup that displays what will need to be replaced in order to fix the damage. We can almost smell the beer and gasoline as we become up close and personal fans of the racing death traps in all their screeching, crushing, clanking, spinning, crunching glory.

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THX Certified Theaters Expanding Across US

THX and Cinemark Holdings announced that Cinemark Theatres will add more than 200 THX Certified screens domestically, bringing the total number of Cinemark screens with THX certification to more than 500.

Cinemark will be rolling out the THX certification program in major metropolitan areas across the United States, including Los Angeles, San Francisco and Denver.

THX Certified cinemas are engineered to meet THX requirements for sound and visual quality, focusing on surround sound and acoustic performance and projection technology.


Slamdance -- Best Animated Short: 'Blood Will Tell'

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, February 6, 2008 at 12:00am

Director Andrew McPhillips took home the Slamdance Grand Jury Award and a $2,500 Credit at Filmworks/FX for his animated short film Blood Will Tell (2007, 6 min, Canada), which incorporates 3D computer animation, 2D matte painting and live action with music written and performed by Sigur Ros, to tell the story set in 16th-century Holland of a mysterious visitor who attempts to hide from death in a dark, mosquito-infested well.

McPhillips started working on Blood Will Tell when he was at PDI. "I started doing some painting, because I paint a lot," McPhillips says. "I ended up telling what...

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Lucasfilm Nabs Six Oscar Nominations

Lucasfilm's Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and Skywalker Sound were nominated for six Academy Awards this morning. For the third year in a row, ILM pulled in two of the three vfx nomination spots with TRANSFORMERS and PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END. Skywalker Sound also dominated the sound nominations taking three of the five slots in Sound Editing for their work on THERE WILL BE BLOOD, TRANSFORMERS and RATATOUILLE, which also received another nomination in the Sound Mixing category.

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Universal Studios Sound Adds Geisler for Animation & Game Sound Design

Universal Studios Sound ( announces the addition of supervising sound editor Michael Geisler, expanding the department's services in animation and gaming. The facility offers sound editorial and design, mixing, Foley, ADR and transfer for features, television, commercials and trailers, along with animation and gaming.