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March 2017

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EDITOR'S NOTE 2 POST MARCH 2017 2 POST hile much of the recent news in audio post has been dominated by Oscar headlines, including Arrival's win for Best Sound Editing and Hacksaw Ridge in the category of Sound Mixing, I'd like to call some attention to other announcements in this segment of the post business. Man Made Music founder/composer Joel Beckerman, for example, is broadening his custom music and sound design business with services in the VR/AR space. The bulk of Man Made Music's work is still what has been its traditional business, "strategic music and sound," though virtual reality and soundscapes for large-scale spaces now represents as much as 25 percent of its workload. "The VR soundtrack, in its current iteration, is a solitary experience," says Beckerman. "The next generation [could be] more like themed entertainment, with multiple people involved — larger scale VR spaces with no headphones." Read more about his observations on page 5. Audio post house Sonic Union has also expanded its business with a recently-launched music search portal called SuperSonic (, which is designed to facilitate and accelerate the process of audio selection at the editorial level of commercial production. The curated portal hosts more than 600,000 fine-tuned tracks, with licensing and clearance handled by Sonic Union. And in Burbank, Heavy Duty Projects ( is a music house/ publishing company that was founded by Ariel Rechtshaid and Josh Kessler. Rechtshaid is a Grammy-winning producer who's worked with Justin Bieber and Adele. Kessler comes from the ad world in New York City. Combined, the team is bringing their skills to the commercial space, giving agency clients access to the same talent that regularly achieves radio success. "We saw 'ad space' as an awesome outlet for creativity," says Rechtshaid. "Trust," says the duo, is why agency clients call on them and why artists will allow their music to be used commercially — an idea that was once taboo. "We bridge the gap and instill confidence to the agency and from the artist perspective. We have a dialogue and they trust us it will make sense." ow that the dust has settled from awards season, and we all know who walked away with the big prizes, let's start out this month with a trivia question — what was the first full-length animated film to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture? Perhaps this month's cover will offer a hint. The year was 1992 and if you guessed Beauty and the Beast (released in 1991), you'd be right! While the film didn't win in that category, it did go on to grab the Best Music, Original Song ("Beauty and the Beast" by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman) and Best Music, Original Score (Alan Menken) honors. It seems that when it comes to fairytales and blockbuster hits, and memorable award-win- ning music, outstanding animation, A-class actors lending their voices to animated characters, top directors and, well, you get the idea…Disney has the market cornered. From early classics like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Cinderella to more recent hit animated features like The Lion King and The Little Mermaid to the highest grossing animated film in history, Frozen, the studio just keeps 'em coming. This month, Post goes behind the scenes for the studio's latest release, the reimagined ver- sion of its beloved classic, Beauty and the Beast, as a live-action feature film (page 14). I had the chance to speak with the film's director, Bill Condon, as well as DP Tobias Schliessler and editor Virginia Katz, who discussed some of the film's challenges, key scenes, working around CG characters and moving from production to post. "I was very much aware of the special position this movie has," Condon told me. "I do love that movie, but ultimately, when you're directing something, you're making hundreds of decisions every day, so you have to depend on yourself and a kind of feeling you have about that movie to know what the boundaries are. I hate to say it, I'm scared to say it, because who knows if other people will agree, but I do feel very satisfied with the film. It is what I hoped to have been able to make." Schliessler discussed working for the first time entirely with LED lighting while Katz talked about editing scenes that would later feature CG characters. Katz best summed it up, "It's a great accomplishment and I think all of us contributed to that." 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