PASSAGES – Paula Greatbatch Suhy

August 14, 2018

It is with extreme sadness that I report the news that our dear friend and colleague, Paula Greatbatch Suhy, has left us. She passed away on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 — four days after her 60th birthday. […]

Alan Meyerson on ‘The Thin Red Line’

July 5, 2018

Meyerson momentarily stopped thinking of scores like songs for one of his most personally significant projects: writer-director Terrence Malick’s World War II drama ‘The Thin Red Line,’ released by 20th Century Fox in December 1998. […]

Robert “Bubba” Nichols on ‘Top Gun’

June 12, 2018

To hear Robert “Bubba” Nichols describe it, working as a recordist sounds a little like serving as a fighter pilot. Okay, okay — pilots operate under life-and-death pressures in the air, while recordists toil under far less challenging conditions on a re-recording stage. […]

Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien’

June 12, 2018

As a seven-year-old living in the jungles of Matute, Colombia, I was surrounded by an exotic land. My pets weren’t limited to the three dogs and six cats that roamed but also included a macaw named Ludwina, a howler monkey named Tarzan, several tortoises and an assortment of parrots and parakeets. […]

‘The Piano’ Ain’t Got No Wrong Notes

June 12, 2018

From the age of six, Ada McGrath refuses to speak, yet film audiences first saw and heard how clearly she communicates on May 15, 1993, when Jane Campion’s ‘The Piano’ premiered at the 45th Cannes International Film Festival. […]

Man with a Shorinofon:
When Russia Embraced the Talkies

June 12, 2018

Few Americans, even those who work with motion picture sound, have heard of the Tagefon and Shorinofon systems, but readers interested in the intricacies of how sound first meshed with cinema can learn about these machines and the artists who used them. […]

Sonic Echoes from the Pre-Digital Era

June 5, 2018

The period during which the newsletter circulated was a critical and tumultuous one for movie sound. It was clear to all that digital would ultimately replace multi-track analog, but no one knew when, or in what format. […]

Steve Maslow on ‘The Last Waltz’

May 2, 2018

In ‘The Last Waltz,’ released by United Artists 40 years ago in April 1978, director Martin Scorsese trained his cameras on what was intended to be the last concert of the Band at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom. […]

Still Hungry for Oscar Stats?
These E-books Are for You

March 6, 2018

With the 2018 Oscar winners’ statuettes now proudly on display on their mantlepieces, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ surplus carefully stowed away for another year, it’s time to take a look at how the 90th annual awards fit into post-production history. […]

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