Production Sound & Video

Summer 2016

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10 NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS Congratulations to Local 695 members Pud Cusack and Lisa Pinero for their invitation to membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. New Academy Members Welcome New Members Kayla Croft, Y-1; Terrell Taihe Miller, Y-4; Morgan Hobart, Y-8; Keith Little, Y-1; Alexander Brayman, Y-1; Mac McAlpin, Y-7; David Napoli, Y-4; Logan Shepard, Y-1; Michael McCurdy, Y-16; Michael St. Hilaire, Y-1; ROGER J. PIETSCHMANN CAS Y-1 Sound Mixer March 27, 1945 – July 26, 2016 Our hearts are heavy to report the passing of Sound Mixer Roger Pietschmann, who succumbed to multiple system atrophy on July 26. Roger was 71. Son of Sound Mixer and Cinerama pioneer Richard Pietschmann, Roger first started working in New York in the 1970s, where he served as a recordist on films like Taxi Driver and The Front. He moved to Los Angeles and enjoyed a successful career as a Boom Operator for feature films, lending his skills to PeeWee's Big Adventure, Project X and The Seventh Sign. In the 1990s, Roger progressed in his career to Sound Mixer and enjoyed success mixing a variety of movies and television shows. His credits include Honey, I Blew Up the Kid, Family Law, The Division, Sleeper Cell, Dirt and Dexter. Having worked with Roger for several years as his Boom Operator, I am particularly affected by his passing, and not just because I'll never hear my caller ID try to pro- nounce his name again. Roger was one of the good guys, an unflappable man who was able to maintain his sense of humor and dignity through the most stressful of situations. He always insisted that we have fun despite the long hours and pressure inherent to production. He had great taste in music and food and people and was one of the giants of heart and soul. Roger is survived by his wife Andrea, daughter Devin, and brother Richard. –Patrick Martens DAVID M. SCHNEIDER Y-1 Sound Mixer December 9, 1958 – August 2, 2016 David liked to be referred to as a "Sound Technician." He came up thru the ranks as a Utility, Boom Operator and then Sound Mixer. Dave was a mixer that would always jump in and help his guys if needed. Running video cables, antennas, moving the cart, etc., were never an issue. He would just do whatever it takes to never slow down production. David was also very meticulous. His soldering skills were impeccable, making some of the cleanest cables I've ever seen. He also had an astounding ear. Dave had so much passion in his craft, it was contagious. It wasn't about get- ting good sound but great sound. David had a gift for empathy; he could relate to almost anybody, and he prided himself on this ability. It drew people to him on the set, and was a big part of why he was so well loved. Anybody could talk to David, and he loved to talk. Those few who resisted were a challenge to his charms that he gladly took on, to sometimes hilarious results; he was also a world-class practical joker. A per- sonality like that is an asset to any sound crew—in fact, to any crew. Dave was a great guy who loved doing sound and loved working on a set. They don't make them like him very often. To say he will be missed is an understatement. David leaves behind his wife Martha, daughter Josie, sons Jonah and Jarrett, and stepdaughters Aubrey and Caitlin. –Ross Levy, Andy Rovins CAS and Rob Scott Local 695 Business Representative Scott Bernard was appointed by IATSE President Matthew Loeb to serve as a Labor Director on the Motion Picture Industry Pension and Health Plans. Additionally, he was appointed to serve on the Audit and Collections Committee and the Benefits/ Appeals Committee on the MPIPHP Plans. President Loeb Appoints Scott Bernard IN MEMORIAM Christopher Robbins, Y-1; Detdrich McClure, Y-1; Justin Junior, A2; Benjamin Mischke, Y-4; William "Willie" Tipp, Y-4. RONALD L. COLLINS Y-1 Sound Mixer March 5, 1939 – August 2, 2016

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