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AMPS council member Judi Lee-Headman receiving her 'Women in Film and TV' award.
AMPS Newsletter December 2019
In this month's issue - Judi Lee-Headman wins award, Merry Christmas to all AMPS members, request for Council nominations, nomination requests for AMPS awards, Soho Christmas social, Making Waves DVD, All Shapes and Sizes book review, Dates for your Diary, new members, 'sketch like an architect', sound stimulates coral reefs!
AMPS Council Member Judi Lee-Headman Wins Award
On Friday December 6th, the 29th annual 'Women in Film and TV' awards took place. The awards celebrate the years most talented and inspiring women in Film and TV across 14 categories. We are proud to say that AMPS council member Judi Lee Headman was the winner of this year's Craft award, which was presented to her by Britannia star David Morrissey.
Judi is a production sound mixer whos credits include Britannia, The Tunnel, The Capture and Holby City. She has a proven track record of delivering the highest quality of location sound to world-class, award-winning television productions. Her excellent reputation and hard work on every production she is involved in made sure she was a deserving winner of this years award.
Congratulations Judi!
Rob Walker Wishes You a Very Merry Christmas
and Happy New Year!
2019 has been a year of massive investment in the industry and an overwhelmingly upbeat outlook. Capacity is a nice problem to have in the UK so I hope we see the proposed new studios of all types pop up. Most importantly members and companies are all busy and it’s a good time to be confident in your rates and conditions. I look forward to seeing your sound work on the pile of films and series I have some time to catch up on.

As we see the annual Awards cycle come around, I’m hoping to see more diverse crews in those productions nominated. That can only happen if those hiring promote opportunities to people who might not otherwise see them or be encouraged to apply. Reaching a little out of your usual circles when hiring for a facility or big project is a way to progress diversity and I hope we can all keep that at the back of our minds.

On a personal note I finally finished a very intense four-year long series of films. Taking a short break after that allowed me to reflect on my work without going headlong into the next job. I hope you are all able to do that without too much fear of where the next job may come from, I feel it’s important to reflect on what you do and why you do it, feeling refreshed and having had some time to relax.

I hope to see you in 2020. Our first event with some of the key sound team from 1917 will be in January, and if you’re not able to make it to Soho we will have a video recording available for members (grateful thanks will go to John Crossland for filming.) Details to follow.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Rob Walker
AMPS Chairman
Request for Council Nominations
At the AMPS general meeting in February 2020, we will elect new members to Council.

Being on Council is a rewarding way to give back to the Association, your industry and raise your profile. Most AMPS initiatives are created by the ideas and passion of someone driving them forward - that can be you.

Councillors serve three year terms, which can be renewed once before they are required to stand down. You need to be a full member to be eligible and have two proposers who put you up for election using a nomination form which will be sent to you soon.

A few hours a month is all you need to contribute to our voluntary council of 18 people. If you are interested and would like to know more, please get in touch with me directly, or any other council member.
You are invited to propose any Full, Retired (formerly Full) or Fellow Member who you think would make a good Council Member. There will be eight vacancies to fill next year. Further information and full details about the nomination process for AMPS Council 2019 can be found on the Nominations Form by clicking the button below.
All nominations must be submitted no later than 31 December 2019.
AMPS TV Awards 2019 Nominations -
Entries Close 25 January 2020
AMPS Award for Excellence in Sound for a Television Drama.

The Eligible List is open to all AMPS Members for suggested titles, and we need them now please! Please submit any Dramas that you have viewed or worked on that you consider worthy of inclusion in this year's AMPS Awards.
You may suggest as many titles as you wish. From the Final Eligible List created from these suggestions, a ballot will be conducted among all AMPS Voting Members to determine the five Nominated Titles. A further ballot will decide the winner.

Eligible Dramas must have been broadcast between 1st January and 31st December 2019.
List closes on 25 January 2020, so not not long to go!
… and also for the AMPS Factual Sound Awards please!
Yes, more suggestions please! This is a reminder to all AMPS members to submit Factual Films or Documentaries for inclusion in the 7th Annual AMPS Awards Eligible List. These may include titles you have worked on as well as films you have viewed and consider worthy of submission.
AMPS Awards are sponsored by -
Soho Social Christmas Drinks Festive Cheer!
Adele Fletcher reports -
"The festive season began with our annual Christmas drinks, this year hosted by the Coach and Horses on Great Marlborough Street. The event was really great fun with lots and lots of people - at one point I wasn’t sure if we could cater for any more in the room!

There was a wonderful mix of old and news faces who all had a well overdue catch up. Everyone said how nice it was to see people outside of studios and locations.

A bonus was the fact that everyone had a drink on the house and as ever, the food went down well too… and the staff at the Coach and Horses were great hosts. All in all a wonderful evening full of festive cheer!"
Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound
This film attracted members' attention a short while ago. Enos Desjardins gives us his thoughts -
"I watched it at the Prince Charles a few of weeks back where it played as part of the London Film Festival. Great documentary indeed covering various aspects of film sound. From a well explained breakdown of all the various disciplines in film sound (production mixing, dialogue editing & ADR, foley, sound fx editing, mixing,etc…) as well as a walk through the technical evolution of sound (mono, stereo, 5.1, ATMOS, etc..)

For anyone working in film sound already the film will not necessarily teach you much you don't already know but it is still a great watch and an inspiring piece. If not for you, this is the perfect film to show any friends or family who do not totally understand exactly what it is that you do for a living.
The director was at the screening and she said they interviewed 90 people, and all for an hour or more so they have tons of more material that did not make it into the film! Would be cool for them to cut a little series with the material."
All Shapes and Sizes Recommended Book Review
Rob Walker reviews -
"Reading this book is a fascinating journey through how images have been recorded since the birth of cinema. Highly readable yet technically detailed, it follows the development of film through colour and TV. It’s a valuable resource for anyone working with celluloid, and a reminder that people have been pushing the boundaries of technology and what is possible since the dawn of cinema.
It comprehensively covers colour processes, formats and projection. It’s richly illustrated with stills from the relevant films and is full of interesting anecdotes. If you love celluloid and moving image technology it's a great way to better understand the medium. Highly recommended!"
All Shapes and Sizes - An Illustrated History of Film in Cinema and Television
by Grant Lobban and Jim Slater
Hardback Book - 278 pages - £24.99
Dates for your Diary
Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff and Leeds Socials -
2020 dates and information coming soon.

Soho Social - The first Tuesday in each month.
New Venue - The George, 1 D'Arblay Street, London W1F 8DG
Everyone welcome, 7.00pm onwards.
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.
New AMPS Member No. 1: Edward Guy
Hi all, I’m a recent NFTS Sound Design graduate, just getting into my second year of freelance sound editing. Tricky stuff, but never dull!

My background and education is in music composition and engineering. I worked for several years in a design studio in London, doing a lot of video content, interactive, and installation work, before making the call to focus my efforts on sound design for film.
A few years of re-training, and here I am. I've still got a lot to learn, so I’m excited to become a part of the AMPS community, and get some guidance from those more experienced than myself.
New AMPS Member No. 2: James Tanenbaum
I have been a production mixer for 50+ years, in features, television, 'reality' shows, commercials, documentaries, music videos and ENG, from Avatar to Zodiac, The House of. For the past two years I have been recording P-Cap videogames.

I am a member of AES, AMPS, ATAS, CAS, IATSE, IBEW, NABET, and a Life Member of SMPTE.
I taught sound recording at UCLA for 25 years, Art Center of Design, Hollywood Film School, LACC and USC. I conducted seminars and workshops for the AES, and SMPTE.
I was a technical consultant and expert witness for the Nagra Recorder Company.
Scientists Used Speakers to Make Dead Coral Reefs
Sound Healthy. The Fish Came Back.
A team of scientists from the UK and Australia teamed up to use underwater loudspeakers to try and entice fish back to dead coral reefs and potentially help them recover. By replicating the sounds of healthy reefs, according to a study recently published in Nature Communications, the scientists used a process called 'acoustic enrichment'.
They placed loudspeakers on patches of dead coral in the Great Barrier Reef and discovered that twice as many fish arrived - and stayed - compared to equivalent patches where no sound was played.
Sketch Like an Architect
A short YouTube video on key style points and techniques you can use to develop your own architectural sketching style.
It doesn't look that tough… ha!
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 ScreenSkill's website which contains career advice.
AMPS Address & Phone Number
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