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04/02/2014

Gravity Pulls In AMPS Award

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The Association of Motion Picture Sound has presented Chris Munro, Glenn Freemantle and Skip Lievsay its inaugural AMPS 'Award for Excellence in the Craft of Sound for a Feature Film' for their work on the feature film Gravity.
The Awards will be presented to the winners at an AMPS 25th Anniversary Celebration event in September.
Five films in total were selected for the award by an AMPS Awards Committee, from which the three leading sound crew members (Production Sound, Sound Editing and Re-Recording) were nominated. A further ballot among all AMPS voting members selected the winning film.
The nominees were Tom Williams, Myron Nettinga & John Ross for American Hustle; Chris Munro, Oliver Tarney & Chris Burdon for Captain Phillips; Chris Munro, Glenn Freemantle & Skip Lievsay for Gravity; Peter F. Kurland, Skip Lievsay & Greg Orloff for Inside Llewyn Davis and Danny Hambrook, Frank Kruse & Martin Steyer for Rush.
Glenn Freemantle commented: "What an honour to be awarded the first AMPS Award for Excellence in the Craft of Sound for a Feature Film. This was a great film to work on and with both Alfonso Cuarón and David Heyman, knowing the importance of sound and making it a priority, it allowed us the creativity and also the time to get Gravity sounding as it did. I have a great sound crew and this award is for all of us."
AMPS Sustaining Member Dolby Europe Ltd. acted as headline sponsor for the award.
Guy Hawley, Senior Director, Cinema Sales and Services said: "We collaborated with the AMPS Awards to bring together the very best talent in cinema. This celebrates all of the nominees' outstanding achievements and is a world-class showcase of their dedication to making entertainment sound its best. The competitive entries this year have set the bar high for years to come, and congratulations to the entire Gravity sound team for creating a ground-breaking Dolby Atmos mix."
Graham Hartstone from the AMPS Awards Group added: "As a founding member of AMPS, I remember 'awards' being an agenda item at our first meeting. Now, 25 years later, we have realised this ambition. I look forward to AMPS Awards growing in scope and prestige in future years. We are honoured and privileged to welcome Dolby as our major sponsor."

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