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Oscar-nominee Ben Wilkins discusses Whiplash’s audio mix, edit
This freshly minted BAFTA winner walks us 
through his process

By Randi Altman

When I first spoke with Ben Wilkins, he was freshly back from the Oscar-nominee luncheon in Hollywood and about to head to his native England to attend the BAFTAs. Wilkins was nominated by both academies for his post sound work on Sony Picture Classics’ Whiplash, the Damien Chazelle-directed film about an aspiring jazz drummer and his brutal instructor.

Wilkins (@tonkasound) didn’t return to LA empty handed — he, along with fellow sound re-recording mixer/co-supervising sound editor Craig Mann, and production sound mixer Thomas Curley, brought home the BAFTA in the Sound category.

As their titles imply, Wilkins and Mann, both based out of Technicolor Sound on the Paramount lot in Hollywood, had dual roles on Whiplash. This is actually a growing trend in Hollywood — one person, multiple disciplines. “It used to be that you needed a very specific set of skills; it was very specialized,” says Wilkins. “But now it’s more democratic, thanks to the democratization of the tools.”

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Review: Blackmagic Design’s Fusion 7.6 Studio
This compositing pro gives us an overview of the newest version
By Joël Gibbs

Blackmagic made big news with its acquisition of Eyeon last year, and it didn’t take long for them to rebrand the software and make the tool its own. The acquisition happened in mid September, and by December 19, Fusion 7.6 Studio was shipping.

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Blog: HP’s latest laptops, displays, virtual workstations
By Cory Choy

I started my career as a sound designer and re-recording mixer, but as independent film imploded in the early 2000s and was beginning to be replaced by Internet video, I found myself adding more and more “work hats” to my collection. In order to succeed in this business I needed to adapt to the ever-changing NYC film and TV landscape, and that meant adding more disciplines to my professional offerings.

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Autodesk buys Tweak, 
maker of RV image, 
playback tool

Behind the Title: Hackenbacker mixer 
Nigel Heath

Best practices: practical 
and digital effects
By Andre Bustanoby

Kristine Belson now president of Sony Animation

Ivan Safrin joins Hush as lead creative technologist

Behind the Title: 
Fluid editor John Piccolo

 

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