Upgrading PluralEyes 2 to version 3. Worth it?
When shooting with a DSLR camera, and recording dual-system sound, Red Giant’s PluralEyes has been a godsend. Period. We couldn’t even consider working without this awesome plugin. Version 3 has been out for a while. Will upgrading to PluralEyes 3 make us more efficient? Or should we just stick with our trusted friend a bit longer? (more…)
Academy Awards for Sound.
After attending the talk “Sound: the Other Half of Your Video” last week at the Vimeo Fest in New York City, I have been thinking a lot about sound. And more specifically about how important is music, in movies and our lives. It is shocking how little we know about the processes, people and effort to create the sounds that drive our emotions. The guy who created the music for Inception’s trailer was there, and he confirmed that our ignorance regarding sound design is pretty much the same as with directors of photography, the people who actually make the movies look they way they do.
The Academy Award of Merit for Best Sound Editing is granted yearly to a film exhibiting the finest or most aesthetic sound editing or sound design. The award is usually received by the Supervising Sound Editors of the film, perhaps accompanied by the Sound Designers.
This is the list of films that have won or been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Sound Effects (1963–1967, 1975), Sound Effects Editing (1977, 1981–1999), or Sound Editing (1979, 2000–present). Happy Friday.
- 2001: Pearl Harbor – George Watters, Christopher Boyes
- 2002: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – Michael Hopkins and Ethan Van der Ryn
- 2003: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World – Richard King
- Finding Nemo – Gary Rydstrom and Michael Silvers
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl – Christopher Boyes and George Watters
- 2004: The Incredibles – Michael Silvers and Randy Thom
- 2005: King Kong – Mike Hopkins and Ethan Van der Ryn
- 2006: Letters from Iwo Jima – Bub Asman and Alan Robert Murray
- 2007: The Bourne Ultimatum – Karen Baker Landers and Per Hallberg
- 2008: The Dark Knight – Richard King
- 2009: The Hurt Locker – Paul N.J. Ottosson
- 2010: Inception – Richard King
Rode delivers a customer service lesson.
About 30 seconds ago, DHL delivered my new Rode Lavalier Microphones. I have not opened the box, and I already know I will LOVE them. Do you want to know why? Simply because after I ordered them last week, I got an email saying that they were backordered for 2-3 weeks (they must be selling like hotcakes!). I replied explaining that I needed them for a shoot next week. So what did Rode do? They simply shipped them, second day air, from AUSTRALIA, at no extra charge, so I could have them on time. Unbelievable.
I could spend the rest of the day naming the companies that could use my experience as an outstanding customer service lesson, but I won’t. I’ll go ahead, open the box, and play with my brand new toys. Price is not everything, quality and support is. Keep that in mind.