Sound Community Urges Revision to Credits

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Reprinted from The Hollywood Reporter by Carolyn Giardina on August 3, 2020.

The international sound community — led by the Cinema Audio Society, Motion Picture Sound Editors and Association of Motion Picture Sound — has released an open letter urging Hollywood to allow key members of the sound department the same representation in end credits as it does department heads such as the director of photography and film editor.

Specifically, it suggests that the production sound mixer, supervising sound editors and rerecording mixers share a single card “and be appropriately positioned within the same proximity of the other key roles, such as director of photography, film editor, production designer, costume designer, unit production manager and 1st assistant director.”

Pointing out that sound pros in the aforementioned roles are eligible for Oscars, BAFTAs, Emmys and other major awards, the letter says, “It is remarkable” that they “are generally not afforded prominent screen credits that are representative of their creative contribution to the film. We seek your help in correcting this imbalance.” …

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