BAFTAs 2011 a clean sweep for AMS Neve

18th February 2011

As well as congratulating the winners, AMS Neve spent BAFTA Awards night quietly celebrating too. The occasion was an unprecedented clean sweep of the English-language feature film categories, every one of which was won by a movie produced with the company’s digital film or scoring consoles… or both.

Eight movies shared the 19 awards, with The King’s Speech picking up seven – for Best Film, Outstanding British Film, Original Screenplay, Leading Actor, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress and Original Music. Alexandre Desplat’s score was recorded, mixed and mastered at Abbey Road, using the Neve 88RS, with Peter Cobbin as chief recording engineer. The movie also picked up a slew of other nominations, including one for Sound, for the work of Lee Walpole (supervising sound editor), John Midgley (production mixer) and Paul Hamblin and Martin Jensen (re-recording mixers). Post production took place at Boom Post on the AMS Neve DFC.

However, the winners of the Sound category were Richard King, Lora Hirschberg, Gary A Rizzo and Ed Novick – the team who worked on Inception, post-produced on the DFC Gemini at Warner BrosInception, for which the scoring sessions took place on the Neve 88RS at AIR Lyndhurst, also won the awards for Production Design and Special Visual Effects. Also taking three awards (Director, Adapted Screenplay and Editing) was The Social Network – post-produced at Skywalker’s DFC-equipped facilities – while Alice In Wonderland, scored at AIR Lyndhurst, Abbey Road and Sony, and post produced at Disney, won two (for costume and make-up).

The award for Outstanding Debut went to Chris Morris for Four Lions (post production at Hackenbacker on the DFC) and for Animated Film to Toy Story 3(scored on 88RS consoles at Sony and Warner, with post production at Skywalker). Black Swan (scored at AIR Lyndhurst) and True Grit (scored atManhattan Center) took Leading Actress and Cinematography respectively.

As well as congratulating the winners, AMS Neve also congratulates all the other nominees for the Orange British Academy Film Awards, and in particular those involved in scoring and post production.