MPSE Wavelength

Special Awards Edition 2024

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48 MPS E . O RG MPSE Philanthropic Work The Motion Picture Sound Editors promotes the artistry of sound through scholarship programs, educational outreach and other activities. The MPSE was founded in 1953 by a group of very talented sound artists who felt that the role of sound in film was underappreciated and poorly understood. Since then, this organization has been working hard, and in many different ways, to change that perception. And we feel we have been successful, both in promoting a better understanding of the critical role that sound effects, dialogue and music play in cinematic storytelling, and by encouraging a higher level of professionalism and creativity among sound editors. It is an honorary society composed of working sound professionals who donate their time to promote their craft both within the film and television community, and among the public at large. It does so by hosting screenings and other educational events, providing scholarships to aspiring sound professionals and carrying out various charitable activities. The MPSE's philanthropic work includes the presentation of an educational scholarship to the winner of its annual Verna Fields Award, a student award presented in conjunction with the Golden Reels. Verna Fields was a sound editor, picture editor (whose credits included Jaws), and a longtime studio executive who was an early champion of the craft of sound editing and of women in film. The scholarship is named in honor of Ethel Crutcher, the wife of the late sound editor and MPSE Career Achievement recipient Norval D. Crutcher Jr. and the mother of sound editors Norval D. "Charlie" Crutcher III and Samuel Crutcher. Submissions for the Verna Fields Award come from around the world and involve some of most acclaimed schools for film and television production. Ethel Crutcher Scholarship Fund For more information about this, go to

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