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CAS, MPSE, AMPS Demand Credit Where Credit is Due

Hollywood sound community seeks screen credit changes to reflect parity with other key creative professionals.

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CC BY-SA 3.0 Thomas Wol

Hollywood, CA (August 5, 2020)—The Cinema Audio Society, Motion Picture Sound Editors and the Association of Motion Picture Sound have released an open letter to the film-making community urging for screen credit changes for the principal sound creatives in order to create parity with other key professionals.

The letter, first reported in the Hollywood trade publications, states, “Production Sound Mixing,​ ​Sound​ ​Editing, and Re-recording Mixing all contribute to the complete sound experience and are eligible for recognition of major awards. It is remarkable that these persons who receive nominations for numerous international awards, including those from AMPAS and BAFTA, are generally not afforded prominent screen credits that are representative of their creative contribution to the film. We seek your help in correcting this imbalance.”

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The letter is signed by Karol Urban CAS MPSE, president, Cinema Audio Society; Mark Lanza MPSE, president, Motion Picture Sound Editors; and Rob Walker AMPS, chair, the Association of Motion Picture Sound.

“Such a screen credit would assure that individuals who were principally responsible for the creative direction of the soundtrack would be clearly identified and acknowledged by the audience,” they also write in the letter.

The letter provides an example, offering a single card in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood following credits for the unit production manager(s) and the first and second assistant directors reading:

Production Sound Mixer: Mark Ulano

Supervising Sound Editor: Wylie Stateman

Re-Recording Mixers: Michael Minkler, CAS, Christian P. Minkler

As the open letter also notes, film is considered a visual medium but, as Star Wars director George Lucas has famously been quoted as saying, “Sound is 50 percent of the movie-going experience.”

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