Los Angeles, CA (August 23, 2018)—The Cinema Audio Society will honor multiple CAS and Oscar-nominated production sound mixer Lee Orloff, CAS with its highest accolade, the CAS Career Achievement Award, at the 55th CAS Awards.
“Lee is a world-renowned production sound mixer with a portfolio of over 75 films,” said CAS president Mark Ulano. “His combined CAS, Oscar and BAFTA nominations total 17, resulting in both an Oscar and a BAFTA. He is one of the go-to production sound mixers as evidenced by his collaborations on multiple films with directors James Cameron, Michael Mann, Walter Hill [and] Gore Verbinski, to name a few. He is well-respected and gracious in sharing his knowledge and in mentoring the next generation of sound professionals and I take great pleasure in announcing the CAS’ recognition of my friend and colleague Lee and his body of work.”
The 55th CAS Awards will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2019, at the Intercontinental Los Angeles Downtown – Wilshire Ballroom, Los Angeles, CA.
Following a two-year stint managing an equipment rental house’s sound department, native New Yorker Lee Orloff, newly graduated from NYU Film School, set out with his employee-discounted recording gear to begin a decade of work primarily in documentaries. In 1984 he mixed his first feature, Joel and Ethan Coen’s crime thriller debut, Blood Simple. By the late Eighties, he’d moved to Hollywood on the heels of an Oscar nomination for James Cameron’s underwater drama, The Abyss, the first of three collaborations, including Terminator 2: Judgment Day—for which he won an Oscar and a BAFTA Award—and True Lies.
Following the design/build of communications systems necessitated for The Abyss production, he received an opportunity to work with Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, which was undertaking a live-action version of the hit animated series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Orloff was one of the earliest proponents of the now universally accepted higher-resolution, multitrack digital recording, utilizing it on the 1993 film, The Last Action Hero.
During the past 35 years, Orloff has participated on over 75 feature films, enjoying successful working relationships with many of Hollywood’s most notable directors, some spanning 20 years, such as with Michael Mann and Walter Hill. Verbinski has relied on his expertise on eight of his films, two of which, in The Pirates of the Caribbean series, resulted in Oscar nominations for Orloff and his team, and on Rango, which won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film in 2012.
Orloff recently participated in the AMPAS Masters of Sound panel as part of the Academy Gold program representing the production mixer’s contribution to the collaborative process of developing a soundtrack. He feels it is a team sport, evidenced very clearly on the set as the production track is created. “If the rest of the crew don’t know what your needs are, or even worse, don’t care, you’re sunk. But it always starts at the top,” said Orloff.
Orloff joins an illustrious group of past CAS Career Achievement Honorees that includes: Anna Behlmer, John Pritchett, Doc Kane, David MacMillan, Andy Nelson, Chris Newman, Scott Millan, Jeffrey S. Wexler, Randy Thom, Dennis Sands, Ed Greene, Mike Minkler, Willie Burton, Gary Rydstrom, Charles Wilborn, Jim Webb, Richard Portman, Tomlinson Holman, Les Fresholtz, Walter Murch and Don Rogers.
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