Skywalker Sound is currently in the midst of hosting the Sundance Music & Sound Design Labs here at Skywalker Ranch. The Feature Lab wrapped up earlier this week and the Documentary Lab kicked off yesterday.
Feature Film Music Lab Composer Fellows included Kris Bowers, Stephanie Economou, Forrest Gray, Fabrizio Mancinelli, Alexander Rudd, and Danielle Schwob. The Feature Film Directors Lab Fellows were here with the following projects: Yung Chang, writer/director of Eggplant, Matthew Ross, writer/director of Frank & Lola, Marialy Rivas, co-writer/director of La Princesita, Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, writer/director of Mustang, Brent Green, co-writer/director of Over the Eaves and Mark Kindred, writer/director of Rogue. The sound designers/re-recording mixers that participated in the Feature Lab on behalf of Skywalker Sound were Christopher Barnett, Steve Bissinger, Pete Horner, Dennis Leonard, Brandon Proctor, and Kent Sparling.
Documentary Composer Fellows Samora Pinderhughes, Germaine Franco, Christopher North, and Jeremy Turner arrived yesterday and joining them today are Jessica Dimmock and Christopher LaMarca, co-directors of Brick, Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya, co-directors of Like Ants for Sugar, Pacho Velez, director of The Reagan Years and Javid Soriano, director of Swing Low. Skywalker Sound’s Erik Foreman, Pete Horner, Tim Nielsen, and Zach Martin will design and mix for various scenes from these projects.
The Music & Sound Design Lab will wrap next Wednesday evening, July 29.
At this year’s MPSE Golden Reel Awards, three Skywalker Sound projects took home awards. Big Hero 6 won for Best Sound Editing – Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR in an Animated Feature Film. Star Wars: Rebels also won for Best Sound Editing – Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR in TV Animation, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars won for Best Sound for Direct to Video Animation.
Congratulations to everyone for their work on these award-winning shows!
Seven Skywalker Sound projects will screen at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival! Selected films include The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Songs My Brothers Taught Me, Unexpected (U.S. Dramatic Competition), Best of Enemies, Racing Extinction (U.S. Documentary Competition), In Football We Trust and The Mask You Live In (Documentary Premieres).
For a complete listing of all films and more information on the festival, visit http://www.sundance.org/festivals/sundance-film-festival. The 2015 Sundance Film Festival will take place in Park City, Utah, January 22 – February 1, 2015.
Director of Sound Design, Randy Thom, invited the owner of a local Bay Area trapeze and circus school to Skywalker Sound in order to replicate a tight-rope setting on the scoring stage. A trapeze wire was installed, stretching lengthwise across the stage. They jiggled, they banged, they whipped, and they shook. Randy and his team were able to record various types of sound effects as the wire was manipulated in many different ways.
We all celebrated 10 very remarkable Skywalker Sound employees as they were presented with their anniversary statues. Terry Eckton, Susan Leahy, Marilyn McCoppen, Dennie Thorpe, Richard Hymns, Tom Johnson, and Michael Silvers received the coveted R2-D2 statues, commemorating 30 years with Skywalker Sound. Sean England, André Fenley, and Jon Null received C-3PO statues marking 20 years. We all raised our glasses to toast over 270 years of combined service. Bravo!