After putting Matt LeBlanc in one of the driver’s seats last week as co-host of the BBC’s new Top Gear, the broadcaster has filled out the rest of the roster. Chris Evans and LeBlanc will be joined by Motorsport guru and Formula 1 commentator Eddie Jordan; world record-breaking German racing driver Sabine Schmitz; motoring journalist and YouTube petrolhead Chris Harris; and car reviewer and TV presenter Rory Reid.
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The Berlin International Film Festival is opening in the German capital —the first of the year's major European movie festivals — with Meryl Streep presiding over the jury that will choose the winners. …
Development, production, finance and distribution consortium AMBI Group has inked a multi-year, multi-picture joint venture partnership with Dubai-based group Barajoun Entertainment. The two companies co-finance and co-produce a slate of family-centric CGI animated films as well as live-action features based on popular IP.
AMBI and Barajoun have committed to making five feature films, with individual budgets in the $50 million range, over the next five years.
Copernicus went to the Variety Artisan Awards at SBIFF and learned about THE MARTIAN, FURY ROAD, and THE FORCE AWAKENS
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I went to the Variety Artisan Awards tonight at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. They honored lots of Academy Award Nominees, including: Carter Burwell for original score in CAROL, Hank Corwin for editing in THE BIG SHORT, Mark Mangini for sound editing in MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, Arthur Max for production design in THE MARTIAN, John Seale for cinematography in MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, Patrick Tubach for visual effects in THE FORCE AWAKENS, Dianne Warren for best song in THE HUNTING GROUND, and Jacqueline West for costume design in THE REVENANT. I’ve written some of the highlights below.
Mark Mangini, Sound editor, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
Other films: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, various STAR TREKs, GREMLINS…
They treated the war rig as a character in the film. The analogy was Moby Dick. The war rig was the whale, and Immorten Joe was Ahab. So they mixed in whale sounds to the mechanical sounds of the war rig. When harpoons were shot into it, bear and whale sounds were mixed in. In fact, when it crashes, only animal sounds are heard.
They maxed out the largest recording mixer in North America at 2048 channels for the mix. Not all can be heard, but you need lots of stuff in case George Miller wanted this sound or that brought up so you can hear it.