The Golden Reels: Inspirational Tributes
First of all, the MPSE celebrated its 60th year with a spectacular Golden Reel Awards celebration. This year's show honored filmmaker Ang Lee and Foley Artist John Roesch, both individuals I admire for their artistic sensibilities and tremendous contributions to film. In addition, special tributes were held in memory of sound pioneer Norval Crutcher and sound designer Mike Hopkins. Though I'd never met either Norval or Mike in real life, their work was an enormous influence on me, and I am grateful for the roads they paved; roads which I travel down regularly. Thank you Ang, John, Norval and Mike for pursuing greatness in your careers, and for serving as perfect examples of what I hope to achieve in my own.
|SEAL Team Six's FX/Foley Crew|
|Monkeyland and Soundelux sharing a cheer!|
Of particular note, a similar situation occurred last night at the Oscars, where Bin Laden film Zero Dark Thirty tied with Skyfall for the win in the Sound Editing category. I'm interested to see what conspiracy theorists think!
2013: Picking up Steam
Workwise, things are look up. I've spotted a film called 10 Cent Pistol, which will hopefully turn over sometime next month. There's another AFI thesis short film called Interstate that we'll be starting on soon, and I'm currently preparing backgrounds for an indy drama titled Beyond Paradise (starring Daphne Zuniga, Yareli Arizmendi and Francia Raisa). I'm grateful to be working and hope the trend continues upward!
I march into March with a clear head, a focused mind and a water-like attitude. I wear appreciation and gratitude on my sleeve, mindful of all the blessings that have been bestowed upon me.
My goal is to continue putting forth my best effort in everything I do, and to find stronger, more effective ways of contributing to the projects I participate in. As a Monkey, I look forward to continue making strong "music" with my co-workers. As a freelancer, I look forward to stretching my wings more often and collaborating with other industry comrades on their projects. In short, I want to keep stirring that pot and keep life interesting!
I wish my fellow sound editors and mixers a strong and productive year. May it be filled with insightful and creative projects. Many blessings!