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And the Winner is…Frozen
Congratulations to Walt Disney Animation’s Frozen for winning the OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND MIXING for an Animated Feature at the 50th Annual CAS Awards on February 22, 2014, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.
Among the award recipients are Walt Disney Sound’s own David Fluhr and Feature Animation’s Gabriel Guy. David and Gabriel mixed the box office phenomenon on Disney’s Stage A, which has been completely re-designed and re-engineered as perhaps the most technically and creatively advanced re-recording theater in the world. One of the first animated films to be mixed entirely and from the beginning in the new Dolby Atmos system, Frozen made amazing use of this new immersive sound mixing and presentation format. Frozen’s expansive soundscape and deep sonic richness has helped to drive Frozen’s instantly iconic music and songs to top of the chart status. We are so proud of artists like David and Gabe whose talents helped audiences to truly connected with the warmth of this icy world.
Congratulations to the crew:
Best Animated Feature: MOTION PICTURE—ANIMATED Frozen
Original Dialogue Mixer — Gabriel Guy
Re-recording Mixer — David E. Fluhr, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Gabriel Guy
Scoring Mixer — Casey Stone
Foley Mixer — Mary Jo Lang
Mixing Mr. Banks
In Saving Mr. Banks, author P.L. Travers is wary of Walt Disney, animation and even the Los Angeles sunshine. But she’s particularly horrified by the idea of adding songs to the movie based on her Mary Poppins children’s books, and she isn’t shy about critiquing the tunes penned and enthusiastically played by the long-suffering Sherman brothers (played by B.J. Novak and Jason Schwartzman).
With music key to the movie’s plot, John Lee Hancock was a perfect choice for director, say the sound professionals who worked on the movie. “I wanted to work with John Lee because sound is as important to him as picture and story,” says Dialog/Music Re-Recording mixer David E. Fluhr, CAS. “Last year, when I saw the film for the first time with John and picture editor Mark Livolsi, I knew that this was going to be the perfect storm of collaboration.”
Early on, Hancock pinpointed the role that sound needed to play in integrating the movie’s two disparate time frames: 1906 rural Australia where the young P.L. Travers (Ginty) yearns for her father’s love and approval, and 1961 Los Angeles where the she stubbornly jousts with Disney and the Sherman brothers. Read More >>
Digital Studio Distribution Services Stocks the World’s Digital Shelves
“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible,” said Walt Disney, a quote is quite literally painted on the wall at Disney’s Digital Studio Distribution Services. For the six-person team that stocks the world’s digital shelves, doing the near-impossible is a job they do every day with gusto. And it is a herculean task: at any given moment, the group handles 700 orders for new releases, library titles and special releases headed for North America, Latin America, West and East Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Russia in dozens of languages and formats.
Artin Nazarian, director of the team, reports that iTunes is their primary responsibility – “Apple is clearly the biggest player in this space” – but Digital Studio Distribution Services also handles orders for many other platforms, including Sony, InDemand and providing support for Amazon, Google, Microsoft and others. Each platform, of course, has its own technical specifications and its own language requirements. According to Nazarian, the team delivers between 45 and 50 languages through iTunes for global releases.
The process starts with orders submitted by each sales region into the unit’s order and workflow management tool – ESTN (Electronic Sell-Through Network). The team wrangles supplementary assets such as trailers and posters, and handles the multiple language deliveries, with audio and subtitles; video and the metadata, which Nazarian deems “the primary driver of the entire business.” Read More >>