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AMPS Newsletter January 2015
New Years Greetings!

"May I take this opportunity to wish all our members a Happy and Prosperous New Year. I hope that the coming year will prove to be busy for everyone working in this unpredictable industry." - Peter Hodges AMPS Chairman
Nominees for The AMPS Award for Excellence in Sound
for a Feature Film - 2014
Last year AMPS realised a long-standing desire to establish an award for excellence in sound for film. That is, the film our members feel has used sound in the most creative and technically excellent manner to enhance the film so recognised. The 2014 nominees are as follows:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Wayne Lemmer, Christopher Scarabosio & Pawel Wdowczak
"I’m really humbled and honored by AMPS selection be among such excellent
sound makers. I’m very happy!" - Paul Wdowczak
Into the Woods
Mike Prestwood-Smith, Renee Tondelli & John Casali
"I am honoured and delighted to be nominated for Into the Woods" - Mike Prestwood-Smith
Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins & Thomas Curley
"I am humbled to be put in the same arena as such respected nominees. Getting recognition in ones home country is a great honor, but it is another level of honor when it is coming from a foreign country with a long reputation for excellence in sound. This kind of recognition is a career first for me, and it is somewhat overwhelming. I would like to express my gratitude to the board and membership of AMPS for this nomination. I would also like to express my gratitude to my production crew as well; David Stark on Boom and Michael O'Heney on Utility and Playback. They were both instrumental in the success of this production." - Thomas Curley
The Imitation Game
Stuart Hilliker, Lee Walpole & John Midgley
Exodus: Gods and Kings
Paul Massey, Oliver Tarney & David Stephenson
"On behalf of the whole sound team, I'd like to say a huge thank you to AMPS for recognising our work on Exodus: Gods and Kings. From the epic battles, multiple plagues and huge tsunami, to the recording of ancient dialects, this was one of the most challenging sound jobs we have worked on." - Oliver Tarney
Naturally, we are extremely pleased to receive continued sponsorship from Dolby for the AMPS Awards.
Sci-Fi Part 1: Restoration of A Message from Mars
BBC Arts has partnered with the BFI to release a newly restored version of Britain’s first full-length science fiction film, A Message from Mars, with a specially commissioned soundtrack from Matthew Herbert.

Available to watch at the link below, it is the first time in a century that the film - made in 1913 - can be seen at its original length. Plus, BBC Arts made a special behind-the-scenes film following the work of the BFI technical experts who spent six months painstakingly restoring the silent picture for the digital age.
Sci-Fi Part 2: The Music of Science Fiction Film
In space, no one can hear you scream. In the real world, that’s because the void between the stars contains no gas molecules to carry longitudinal waves of sound.

In the cinema, it’s because the human voice doesn’t stand a chance against the howl of the Moog, or the grand romantic heft of John Williams, or Hans Zimmer banging away on a 1926 four-manual Harrison & Harrison organ. Nature abhors a vacuum, but the movies abhor it more - and the composer is the person charged to fill it. Over the decades, different styles have moved in and out of orbit.
The aliens, as they watch crackly TV broadcasts of 20th-century science fiction films, are probably wondering why, for decades, their arrival was always heralded by the wail of the Theremin – that odd electric instrument that’s played by doing jazz hands at a pair of metal antennae.
Audio Knowledge Base - IPS Training Weekend
6-8 Feb 2015
Building on their previous years successful mix of lecture, practical, Q&A and break-out rooms, IPS plan to offer an engaging and informative event for both location and post production professionals and sound professionals from live events and other diciplines. This weekend will provide the perfect opportunity to get your new years CPD off to a flying start with the cost, if you are a company or self-employed, likely to be tax deductible. Topics covered will include -
* Audio over IP; how does it know where to go?
* Business skills and opportunities
* Games audio; understand the complexities
* Audio networking; digital routing/distribution
* Plugins update and review from last 12 months
* The Sound of F1; an overview and insights
* New recorders 'shootout'; mess with the mixers!
BVE 24-26 February 2015, ExCeL London
BVE is the essential broadcast and production technology event, showcasing technologies and services for the production, management and broadcast of audio visual content.
* Discover UK and international suppliers in your industry.
* Be first to see inspirational new products and launches.
* Secure special discounts and show-only offers.
* Network, share your ideas and keep up to date with the industry.
* Interact with industry experts in seminars and demonstrations.
* Learn what 2015 has in store with unmissable free expert-led seminars.
BVE is free to attend for all those actively employed in the broadcast and production industries.
And of course, AMPS will once again be sharing an exhibition stand at BVE with BKSTS, IPS & APRS, so please drop by and say 'hello'!
Skip Lievsay to Receive MPSE Career Achievement Award
The Motion Picture Sound Editors recently announced that it will honor Academy Award-winning Supervising Sound Editor and Re-Recording Mixer Skip Lievsay with its 2015 MPSE Career Achievement Award.
Lievsay, who won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing for his work on Gravity (with Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro), has contributed to nearly 150 films over the course of a career spanning more than 30 years.
Vitaphone Demonstration Film
Just to round off 'my' fascination with the Vitaphone, Richard Daniel has kindly supplied a YouTube video of the demonstration film for the Vitaphone motion picture sound process.
Click on the above image and be whisked back to 1926!
Ambient - New AMPS Sustaining Member
Ambient Recording was founded 25 years ago when two production sound professionals working as boom operators and sound mixers decided to share their knowledge and gear. With their collective wealth of field experience, they set out to design better versions of the equipment they used starting with their boom poles.  
Applying great attention to detail, they focused to improve upon boom stiffness, handling noise and durability. They proceeded with a design to implement their innovations, which when completed, went into production and its popularity far exceeded their expectations. The first Ambient Recording product was born – the Quickpole boom pole.
Five years passed and Guenter Knon was working on a German candid camera TV production. Before each day of production would begin, he performed the tedious task of aligning the Nagras and cameras. He realized there had to be a better way. So he and his partner Chris Price put their heads together to conquer this quandary. One year and several prototypes later, the first Lockit sync & time code generator was born.
This was only the beginning as more and more products were conceived and developed from the needs of production sound engineers. Today, Ambient is a well-known brand around the world for professional production sound equipment made in Germany. All Ambient products are designed by our experienced engineering team in cooperation with professional production sound mixers.
For more information, go to www.ambient.de/en.html
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.
Industry News & Comment
Change of AMPS Address & Phone Number
Please note that AMPS postal address and telephone number have changed. New contact details to use are -
27 Old Gloucester Street
Tel: +44 (0)1753 669111
Dates for your Diary
The Hobbit Screening
Thursday 29 January 2015, drinks in bar 6.00pm, screening 7.00pm
Warner Bros, De Lane Lea, 75 Dean Street, London, W1D 3PU
A chance to watch this Tolkien classic in 2D in the comfort of DLL's
Preview Theatre.
Sunday 15 February 2015, 10.30am
NFTS, Beaconsfield
Your best opportunity to hear reports on AMPS progress over the past year and plans for the future - and meet the AMPS Sustaining Members with their products and services.
8 & 11 April 2015
A unique series of masterclasses exploring the art of sound in film, the arts and media.
Bristol Social
If you're based in and around Bristol, the last Wednesday of each month should be blocked out in your diary. Get to Beerd, 157-159 St Michaels Hill, Cotham, Bristol BS2 8DB for 7.00pm and meet up with other AMPS members and like-minded people! Apparently there's great craft beers and amazing pizzas!
… and finally, on the first Tuesday of every month
Make sure that you attend the AMPS Social at the De Lane Lea bar in Dean Street - be social with your AMPS members! The first Tuesday in every month - 6.30pm.
AMPS, 27 Old Gloucester Street, London, WC1N 3AX
www.amps.net / +44 (0)1753 669111