Gravity wins big at the BAFTAs

17th February 2014
It was an amazing night at the BAFTAs last night in London, with Gravity (starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock) winning 5 awards including Best Sound and Best Original Music, as well as Best Director, Outstanding British Film and Best Cinematography.

The victory for audio was well deserved by the team from Sound 24, Glenn Freemantle’s post-production service based at Pinewood Studios, who began working on Gravity in late 2010. Freemantle, in the role of sound designer and supervising sound editor, led the Best Sound Bafta-winning team of Niv Adiri (sound design editor/sound re-recording mixer), Skip Lievsay (sound re-recording mixer), Christopher Benstead (music editor and sound re-recording mixer) and Chris Munro (production sound mixer).

“There’s no sound in space… but there you go, we’re all right!” joked Freemantle on receiving the award.

Steven Price won the Best Original Music award for the Gravity soundtrack, recorded in part at Abbey Road (through the AMS Neve 88RS console) and British Grove (AMS Neve 88R console).  “Thank you to my Mum and Dad for having such a great record collection and starting this whole thing off,” said Price as he collected his award.

The main 5.1 and 7.1 mixing was performed at Warner Bros De Lane Lea Studios on the DFC Gemini and the final Atmos mix was completed at WB Burbank. Other work was undertaken at British Grove Studios: “Although we are only credited as ‘Recorded at’ – as we did a couple of days of string and other pick-ups – we actually did the 7.1 music mix here over 17 days,” David Stewart of British Grove told PSNEurope. “[This was] a quite extraordinary and complex feat involving three MADI-linked Pro Tools, hundreds of audio tracks, Apogee and Prism Audio I/O analogue interfaces, four offline suites and a direct ISDN link to Los Angeles.”

Other winners on the night included 12 Years A Slave (Best Film) and Philomena (Adapted Screenplay), which incidentally also had their sound/music mixed on AMS Neve consoles.