Asst. Professor David Bondelevitch, who teaches Recording Arts in the College of Arts and Media’s Music & Entertainment Industry Studies Program, recently produced and hosted an event in Los Angeles for the Cinema Audio Society. He is currently Vice President of the organization.
The Cinema Audio Society's annual “Meet the Winners" event encourages people to meet and ask questions of the Cinema Audio Society Awards winners. This year the group was of exceptionally high caliber. Indian winner Resul Pookutty, CAS answered questions about his work on SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE. which won not only the CAS award but also the Oscar and BAFTA awards. He told a great story about after winning the Oscar, arriving at Mumbai airport at 3AM and being carried around by the people there, much like the end of the movie! Ian Tapp, CAS then discussed the re-recording mix for the same film. He showed a great clip from the beginning of the movie that combined subjective and realistic sound design.
CAS board member Bob Brownow, CAS talked about his excellent work on the documentary series DEADLIEST CATCH, and how difficult it is to be a one-man sound crew with no production sound mixers! In addition to winning the CAS award, the show has been nominated for the Emmy four times.
Kerry Brown, CAS and Kevin Dippold discussed their work on SMASHING PUMPKINS: IF ALL GOES WRONG,a combination documentary and concert DVD. It was quite surprising to find out that it was mixed on a Neve Portico with no automation. It must have been quite a challenge!
There were a lot of important people present in the audience, including Stacy Sher (producer of PULP FICTION), Billy Corgan (of the band SMASHING PUMPKINS), several former presidents of the CAS (including Gary Bourgeois, who asked many questions, and Richard Lightstone), and many board members of the organization. There were also a few students even though it was spring break, and a number of members of other organizations including the Audio Engineering Society.
The final guests were Mike Minkler, CAS (also a former president of the organiztion) and Bob Beemer, CAS, (a newly-elected board memeber) who discussed their excellent work on the HBO mini-series JOHN ADAMS. It was a surpise to find out the show had nearly 900 tracks for the first episode. Mike and Bob were last year's Oscar winners for DREAMGIRLS, and have won many other awards as well.