Palo Alto, CA (November 6, 2007)--The crime-thriller American Gangster took top spot at this weekend's film box office. Based on the life of drug kingpin-turned-informant, Frank Lucas, played by Denzel Washington, the film was mixed by Michael Minkler and Bob Beemer on a Euphonix System 5.
The award-winning sound re-recording team of Minkler and Beemer mixed the film, which was directed by Ridley Scott, on a dual-operator Euphonix film console at Todd-AO West's Lantana Stage 1, in Santa Monica, CA. This System 5 has 80 faders with over 300 channels and is fitted with two film-style monitoring panels including pec-direct switches and joysticks.
Renowned British score recorder and mixer Peter Cobbin mixed the score, under the direction of German-born film composer, Marc Streitenfeld, on Lantana Stage 4 at Todd-AO West, also using a Euphonix System 5. The composer used an 80-piece orchestra recorded in sections as well as acoustic pre-records, which he performed. Streitenfeld formerly worked for composer and long-time Euphonix customer Hans Zimmer as his assistant, then as a freelance music editor and music supervisor on numerous blockbusters, and was nominated for a Golden Reel Award for his work on Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven.
For six years running, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has nominated a film dubbing team that mixed on a Euphonix System 5 digital audio console for the Sound Mixing Oscar. Minkler, a three-time Academy Award winner, and Beemer, a four-time winner, most recently took home the coveted 2006 Sound Mixing award for their collaborative work on Dreamgirls, another blockbuster feature film mixed on the Euphonix System 5 at Todd-AO West.