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AMPS Newsletter February 2016
This month - AMPS Members & CAS nominations, AMPS AGM 21 Feb, AMPS TV Sound Award for Drama, AMPS at BSC Expo, AMPS member on The Late Show, AMPS Mentor scheme, new sound theatre at Technicolor, Joint Guilds screening dates at Pinewood, the art of Foley, world's most famous Sound Designer…
Header image - Courtesy of Chris Munro, Snow White and the Huntsman.
Dates for your Diary
AMPS Socials
Leeds Social - Date tbc.
Belgrave Music Hall, 1-1A Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds LS2 8JP, 7.00pm.
The venue has a great selection of beers, burgers and pizzas on offer. Parking is available at the Merrion Centre (5 Merrion Way, Leeds, LS2 8BT) for £1 per hour after 6pm. For any further info please contact AMPS member Tom Wilkin on 07809 691925. Please try and support this new event if you can!
Bristol Social - last Wednesday each month
Beerd, 157-159 St Michaels Hill, Cotham, Bristol BS2 8DB, 7.00pm on the last Wednesday of each month is the place to meet up with other AMPS members and like-minded people! Apparently, great craft beers and amazing pizzas are available!
London Social - first Tuesday each month
Make sure that you attend the AMPS Social at the De Lane Lea bar in Dean Street on the first Tuesday of every month - be social with your AMPS members! The first Tuesday in every month - 6.30pm.

… not in Bristol, London or Leeds?
Andrew Wilson reports, "Very pleased that we are launching our Yorkshire Social this month in Leeds. We could also soon be launching in Cardiff. If anyone elsewhere in the country would like to get something going in their region please let me know and I’ll get you started. I’ll do the admin and emails, we just need someone local to host!"
Contact Andrew - andrewwilson@amps.net
All events are open to AMPS members and guests. They are a great chance to put faces to names, to network and to chat. It’s a rare opportunity for production sound and post sound folk to get together, plus there’s beer and food...
The Martian Wins AMPS Film Sound Award
BREAKING NEWS - AMPS has voted The Martian as the winner of its 3rd annual award for 'Excellence in Sound for a Feature Film'.
The sound team being recognised are Mac Ruth (Production Sound Mixer), Oliver Tarney AMPS (Supervising Sound Editor) and Paul Massey (Re-recording Mixer).
Congratulations to all!
AMPS Members & CAS Nominations
AMPS members Ronan Hill and Richard Dyer have received another CAS nomination for their work on Game of Thrones S5 Hardhome. This is Ronan's fifth successive Cinema Audio Society award nomination for the show and the pair have picked up the award for the last two years. They also won a Primetime Emmy for this episode in Los Angeles last September, which was Ronan's second Emmy win for the show.
Additionally, Stuart Wilson is nominated as Production Mixer on Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Mark Ulano, Production Mixer on The Hateful Eight.
Congratulations to all, and good luck from all at AMPS!
AMPS AGM - 21 February - Be There!
The 2016 AMPS Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday 21 February 2016 at 11.00am. (Coffee will be available from 10.30am).
The venue is -
Warner Bros. De Lane Lea
75 Dean Street,
London W1D 3PU
After the AGM there will be complimentary refreshments and a finger buffet available and we will have the use of their excellent Bar. Due to the lack of a suitably sized venue, we regret that there will be NO Sustaining Members Show this year. We hope to re-establish this event at a future date.

Please R.S.V.P. so that we know numbers attending this Meeting or send your apologies - admin@amps.net

The Minutes of the last AMPS AGM 2015 are available by clicking here…
Vote Now for AMPS TV Sound Awards 2015
If you haven't already, then time is getting tight for you to vote for the AMPS 'Excellence in Sound for TV Drama' 2015 award.
Members should suggest dramas broadcast between Jan 2015 and Dec 2015 at this stage and if the productions are eligible they will be put forward into Round Two. Voting members can self-nominate in this round and can suggest multiple titles.
Closing date is Monday 8 February 12 noon GMT.
AMPS at BSC Expo
David Lascelles & Brian Simmons manning the AMPS stand.
Brian Simmons reports:
This year, with all suitable Studio space being fully booked, the 2016 BSC Expo was held on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th January at a new venue – The Battersea Evolution. This new purpose-built Exhibition Hall is situated in Battersea Park and provides an excellent home for the show. Attendance was high on both days aided by the location’s accessibility. The quantity of equipment and facilities continues to display the rapid changes in technology meeting, and even creating, new demands from film-makers. Ranging from small light-weight camera drones up to a two-seat autogyro, a multiplicity of increasingly LED-based lighting, digital camera systems, grip equipment and ever more sophisticated hardware; the tools available are continually improving. Adding to the mix were stands representing the BSC, ACO, GBCT, GTC, CCGB, and of course, AMPS – flying the flag for the 'other half' of the industry!
On the AMPS stand a presentation promoting the 3rd Annual AMPS Film Sound Award nominations was on display and over the two days Clive Derbyshire, David Lascelles, Shelly Jones and myself were there to ‘meet and greet’ visitors.
The opportunity to bump into old friends and colleagues makes for a pleasant and interesting excursion for our Production Sound members and, as ever, it was a pleasure to greet so many at the AMPS stand. We also had a number of enquiries for potential membership from several Sound practitioners and students, the location of the Show an encouragement for their visits.
If you couldn’t make it on this occasion, or thought it of little interest, do re-consider and plan to attend the BSC Expo next year – you will be pleasantly surprised!
Whoa There, I Really Wasn't Expecting That!
Wonderful Netflix segment from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert which includes our very own Chris Munro!
Become an AMPS Mentor
AMPS has been running a Mentor Scheme for a number of years; we currently have a number of Members waiting for mentors.

If you think you can spare a couple of hours a month and would like to pass on your experience and knowledge to someone just starting out in the industry then please send an email the address below and we will send you an information pack about the AMPS Mentor Scheme.

We are particularly looking for Production Sound Mixers who are London based to mentor students based at the NFTS, Beaconsfield.
Joint Guilds Screening Dates & Mailing List
AMPS can confirm the available Joint Guilds 2016 screening dates at the John Barry Pinewood Theatre. Films often become available for viewing with only a few days notice, so it may be wise to put these dates in your diary. See the dates here - www.amps.net/resource-documents. You have to be logged into the Members Area to see the document.
Also, to receive up to date screening information, members need to susbscribe to the Screening Mailing List at - www.amps.net/members-area/mailing-list.php. Just tick the 'Screenings' box.
New Sound Theatre at Technicolor
Technicolor Sound Services, London, is proud to announce the opening of its new 7.1 sound theatre in their premier Lexington Street facility, Soho. The expansion comes after a hugely successful first 18 months for the team, who relocated from Perivale to Soho in the middle of 2014. Sound Services have enjoyed working on some of the year’s most successful TV dramas including Endeavour, The Go-Between and And Then There Were None. They are particularly proud to have looked after all nine series of Lewis.
The talented sound team look forward to another busy year covering projects such as Poldark Series 2 and Victoria.
Ah, That's How They Do It!
Courtesy of Feast Films.
When The Game Was Up for the World's Most Famous
Sound Designer
Peter Hodges recently sent me this gem. Back in 2009, some of you may remember the occasion of 'Sound Designer' Brice Carrington being put behind bars for four years for fraud.
He falsely claimed that he was a three-time Oscar-winner and had worked on almost every Hollywood blockbuster title imaginable, including Jurassic Park, Spiderman, King Kong, The Fantastic Four, Miami Vice, The Incredible Hulk... and the list goes on and on.
In reality, he never made a single sound for any of those movies, let alone won an Oscar. But his story was so good that he managed to defraud investors of $3.6 million!
Industry News & Comment
New AMPS Member 1 - Keith Morrison
"I recently embarked on the production sound for film and television course with the National Film and Television School (NFTS), however I have been involved in sound recording for many years. My background includes playing the guitar in bands, live sound engineering and in recent years, sound assistant and mixer roles for short films."
How's Your Profile?
Did you know that the Directory pages on the AMPS website are some of the most frequently visited?
Make sure that your profile is up to date - you never know where your next work enquiry will come from!
Can we help with your Professional Development?
We're keen to hear from you with ideas for seminars and training sessions which would contribute towards Continuing Professional Development.
We're very aware that keeping up with techniques and updates can be a full time job in itself, so if there's any way that AMPS can contribute towards maintaining and developing your industry knowledge and skills, please get in touch.
Please send your thoughts to admin@amps.net.
Also, have a look at Creative Skillset's website which contains career advice.
AMPS Address & Phone Number
27 Old Gloucester Street
Tel: +44 (0)1753 669111
AMPS, 27 Old Gloucester Street, London, WC1N 3AX
www.amps.net / +44 (0)1753 669111