The sixth annual Mix Presents Sound for Film & Television, held September 28 at Host Partner Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, Calif., was a rousing success, with more than 600 attendees and 20-plus sponsors on hand for a day of exhibits, expert panels, in-depth looks at sound for major films and television productions, a Production Sound Pavilion, The Composers Lounge, the all-new Audio-Over-IP Theater—all culminating in the popular Sound Reel Showcase, where the audience ends the day in the Dolby Atmos-equipped Cary Grant Theater, watching 8-minute reels of award-worthy films from all the major studios.
The highlight of the day for many took place in that same Cary Grant Theater to kick off the event: a Keynote Speech by legendary supervising sound editor and sound designer Wylie Stateman, who put forth something of a rally cry to the industry to demand the respect of sound’s contribution and artistry in the creation of a film. His speech, entitled “The Sound DP+D (Director, Producer, Designer)” and available soon at mixonline, set the tone for the entire day, with its notion that the sound professional is in charge of his or her own art, while always focusing the dialog on audio’s role in storytelling.
“This event has grown to exceed our wildest dreams back in 2014, and Wylie’s opening remarks were simply brilliant, and completely on point,” says Tom Kenny, editor of Mix. “The level of expertise in the each of panel rooms, along with the advanced audio technologies on display—there’s nothing like this day anywhere. And we owe it all to the experts who come out on their own free time to share their knowledge, and to our sponsors, whose continuing support makes it all possible. We had a number of new sponsors this year, including Shure, Grace Design and Genelec, and we’re already talking about next year. It seems that people still want to meet in person, network and share information. Imagine that!”
The event is produced by Future US, Mix’s parent company, in association with Event Partner organizations Motion Picture Sound Editors and Cinema Audio Society.