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OSCARS: Sound Editing and Sound Mixing Noms Often Overlap

By | Thursday February 14, 2013 @ 9:06pm PST

Thomas J. McLean is an AwardsLine contributor

Few categories offer as much confusion in Oscar pools as best sound editing and best sound mixing. Unlike the more esoteric categories where few have seen the nominated films, most of the nominees for these categories often overlap and have worked on blockbuster movies.

But while everyone knows the movies and knows what sound is, the difference between the categories remains elusive even to well-informed voters and those working in the fields themselves.

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The short description of the differences goes like this: Sound editors assemble all the sound elements except music and edit it into a soundtrack that is synchronized to the images on screen. That includes assembling everything from dialogue tracks recorded on location to sound effects, Foley and ADR, or additional dialogue recording. The mixer then takes the elements of the edited soundtrack and the music and adjusts the volume levels and 3D placement in the theatrical environment.

The longer description is much more complicated.

“There is a lot more of a overlap of duties as it were for the two jobs, but it’s totally a collaboration from beginning to end”, says Philip Stockton, nominated along with Eugene Gearty for the best sound-editing Oscar for Life Of Pi.

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‘True Grit’ Wins Best Sound Mixing Award

The Cinema Audio Society consisting of Sound Mixers and Associates from the film and television industries handed out its 47th Annual CAS Award Winners Saturday. The Society was founded to create a proper channel of communication between the related sound crafts and between those instrumental to the production and distribution of film and television soundtracks:

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

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 a Television Series:

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

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

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

7th Annual CAS Technical Achievement Awards:

Production:
Schoeps Super CMIT 2U

Post Production
Izotope Izotope RX-2

2011 CAS Filmmaker Award Honoree:
Taylor Hackford

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

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

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Cinema Audio Society’s Sound Awards

Los Angeles, Thursday January 6th, 2011 — The Cinema Audio Society announces the nominees for the 47th Annual CAS Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for 2010 in five categories. In making this announcement, CAS President Edward L. Moskowitz said, “Our nominees this year reflect the best work done in film, television and DVD original programming as determined by the voting membership of the Cinema Audio Society. We are pleased to listen to the excellent quality and variety of sound mixing work that was accomplished this past year”. The Awards will be presented at a sealed envelope dinner on February 19th in the Crystal Ballroom of the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. During this Awards Dinner the highest honor of the CAS – the CAS Career Achievement Award will be presented to Production Sound Mixer Jeffrey S. Wexler, CAS and the CAS Filmmaker Award will be presented to director and President of the Directors Guild of America, Taylor Hackford. KTLA Entertainment Reporter Sam Rubin will be returning as the Master of Ceremonies The Cinema Audio Society, a philanthropic, non-profit organization, was formed in 1964 for the purpose of sharing information with Sound Professionals in the Motion Picture and Television Industry. On the evening of the Awards the Cinema Audio Society website will be updated in real time as the winners are announced. http://www.cinemaaudiosociety.org/

The Nominees for the Cinema Audio Society Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for 2010 are:

Motion Pictures:
Black Swan, Production Mixer, Ken Ishii CAS
Re-recording Mixers, Dominick Tavella

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