Skywalker Sound was awarded Saturday night with two Cinema Audio Society Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing.  Nathan Nance, Michael Semanick, and Scott Curtis won for Finding Dory in the category of Motion Picture – Animated.  Pete Horner won for The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble in the category of Motion Picture – Documentary.


Congratulations to Nathan, Michael, Scott, and Pete!


A complete list of nominees and winners can be found here.

The Cinema Audio Society announced nominees for the 53rd CAS Awards and Skywalker Sound projects were honored with eight nominations across multiple categories.


In the category of Motion Picture – Live Action, Tom Johnson, Juan Peralta, and Scott Curtis were nominated for Doctor Strange and Chris Scarabosio, David Parker, and Frank Rinella were nominated for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.


Skywalker projects nabbed four out of the five nominations in the Motion Picture – Animated category with Finding Dory (Nathan Nance, Michael Semanick, and Scott Curtis), Moana (Scott Curtis), The Secret Life of Pets (Gary Rizzo, David Acord, and Jason Butler), and Zootopia (Scott Curtis).


In the category of Motion Picture – Documentary, Pete Horner was nominated for his work on The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble.


And in the category of Television Non-Fiction, Variety or Music Series or Specials, Chris Barnett, Roy Waldspurger, and Jason Butler were nominated for “Mars: Novo Mundo”.


Click here for a complete list of nominations. The Awards will be presented February 18 at the OMNI Hotel, Los Angeles.

With a growing number of people consuming content on televisions, laptops, tablets and other mobile devices, Skywalker has been particularly interested in finding technology that helps preserve an immersive audience experience as content migrates to smaller screens.   The format that is the most widely distributed around the world for consumption on these devices is the stereo mix, but with a regular stereo mix much of the sonic detail and spatialization is lost.


But thanks to a new technology created by tech start-up Ambidio and utilized by Skywalker Sound, devices that could previously offer only a simple stereo mix can now deliver the impression of a surround sound experience.


The enhanced mixes of the scenes below were created by Skywalker Sound using Ambidio’s proprietary algorithm, which allows any device with two speakers to reproduce the impression of the original surround sound mix.  And because the Ambidio algorithm is encoded in the content when the stereo mix is mastered, users don’t need to download any apps or have any special playback system to experience it — they just hit play on their device as they normally would.


(Please note that this works best with two forward-facing external speakers; the effect won’t be discernible on single-speaker devices.)

For the third consecutive year, Scott Lewis and Nathan Nance were nominated for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour) for House of Cards, “Chapter 52”.  The Skywalker Sound mixing team won the award in 2014 for “Chapter 14”.


House of Cards was nominated for a total of thirteen Emmys for Season 4.  The Emmys will be broadcast this Sunday, September 18 on ABC.  A complete list of this year’s nominations can be found here.



The MPSE Awards were held Saturday night in Los Angeles.  Skywalker’s artists were recognized for their outstanding work, taking home Golden Reel Awards in four categories!


Inside Out won for Best Sound & Music Editing Feature Film: Animation.  The Revenant won for Best Sound Editing Live Action Feature: Effects & Foley.  Bridge of Spies won for Best Sound Editing Live Action Feature: Dialogue/ADR, and House of Cards “Chapter 33” won for Best Sound Editing TV Short Form: Music.  A complete list of individuals for these four wins are listed below.


Congratulations to you all!


Best Sound & Music Editing
Feature Film: Animation
Supervising Sound Editors: Shannon Mills and Ren Klyce
Supervising Dialogue Editor: Dan Laurie
Sound Designer: Ren Klyce
Foley Artist: John Roesch
Effects Editors: David Hughes, Malcolm Fife, Jeremy Bowker
Foley Editor: Tom Brennan
Additional crew:
First Assistant: Coya Elliott
Sound Design Assistant: Nia Hansen
Re-recording mixers: Michael Semanick, Tom Johnson


Best Sound Editing
TV short form: Music
HOUSE OF CARDS “Chapter 33”
Supervising Music Editor: Jonathon Stevens
Music Editor: Marie Ebbing
Additional crew:
Supervising Sound Editor: Jeremy Molod
Sound Designer: Ren Klyce
Re-recording mixers: Nathan Nance, Scott Lewis


Best Sound Editing
Live Action Feature: Dialogue/ADR
Supervising Sound Editors: Richard Hymns, Gary Rydstrom
Supervising Dialogue Editor: Brian Chumney
Supervising ADR Editor: Steve Slanec
Additional Crew:
First Assistant: Jeremy Molod
Re-recording mixer: Gary Rydstrom


Best Sound Editing
Live Action Feature: Effects & Foley
Supervising Sound Editor: Randy Thom
Additional crew:
Dialogue Editor: Brian Chumney
Foley Artist: Andrea Gard
Foley Mixer: Frank Rinella
Re-recording mixer: Randy Thom
Additional re-recording mixers: Leff Lefferts, Brandon Proctor