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    Default Oscar Nominee Sound Mixer Greg Russell on DOTM

    Great read!

    Michael Bay is famously hands-on and a relentless worker and taskmaster. But after seven pictures, you must have a shorthand with him?

    Michael gives us tremendous creative license from a sound-design and sound-mixing standpoint, gives us a lot of leeway. But he really does sign off on and approve what we do. And we certainly know when he’s not happy with something, and we make those changes for him. When he’s happy, he’s like a 14-year-old kid who’s absolutely thrilled and excited, and it's fun to see.
    Sound is incredibly manipulative -- we can manipulate an audience to look at any given portion of the screen by where we place sound and what we do with it, and that’s a big part of the storytelling process—Michael has said it’s 50 percent of the experience of his movies.
    So Optimus Prime, for instance, is sonically much more complex than any human character could be?

    The robots consist of, say, nine 'pre-dubs,’ where the feet are separate from the big thigh sounds and the big, metallic motor sounds, as well as the medium-range integral movement sounds, that are in turn separate from kind of servo-sourced zipping noises. It goes right down to the eye blinks. All that material is prepared, and then I mix them and pan them across the screen. So if that robot is walking from right to left, those sounds have to be right behind the image.

    The bitter truth:
    All this artistry, and yet you feel ghettoized within the Academy voting process because these are action pictures?

    What is tough is when we look for support from the general Academy—not just the sound branch but cinematographers and the rest. Actors play a big part in this because they’re some 1,800 of the 6,000 voting members of the Academy. [Ed. note: The number of actors is actually closer to 1,200.]

    Are they apt to go for the more performance-driven films? Will they even look at a summer popcorn “Transformers”? All the nominated films have great sound, but I’ve been told there may be 50 to 60 percent of the Academy who never even see a “Transformers” movie. So that’s a little depressing. And maybe if they did and they looked at it for what it is they, might feel differently about what they’re voting on come that final ballot.

    Whole article:
    http://www.thewrap.com/awards/articl...35222?page=0,0

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    Default Re: Oscar Nominee Sound Mixer Greg Russell on DOTM

    Nice read, thanks for sharing Albers

    IMO The truth is that movies are in fact storytellers.. it's like your mom or dad is reading you a bedtime story.. but in a visual way, they can be dramatic, romantic or even boring at times and some stories might be more for adults and some are just for entertainment or to shock you, but in the end.. every movie we watch is "childish" and all good for stimulating and tickling our brains.. there are no categories, so the fact that the end results are influenced by a few people so another can win is misguided in my view.. i think they should make a special category for Special Movies where only "Serious Artistic" movies can win which is what they like.. Transformers DOTM is the best of the best in the action category and if they cant see that then we need to focus on a new award show or whether there should be a new one created from the ground up.. it's just like the FIFA..

    Movies are not childish.. unless it's brought in a childish way.. was TF3 brought in a childish way? no, it was not..

    Let's hope they win some..
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    Default Re: Oscar Nominee Sound Mixer Greg Russell on DOTM

    DOTM was again not even nominated.

    The Cinema Audio Society made up of film sound engineers and mixers gave their top honor in the motion picture category to Martin Scorsese's Hugo, which was nominated in both Oscar sound categories, Sound Mixing and Sound Editing, pointing to a win in at least one if not both categories.

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