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Sound of Story 2016 - Women in Sound Report.

Friday, 25th November 2016

The Co-host and co-programmer was Anna Bertmark AMPS "Emily and Skillset, who fund the symposium, wanted to run a day event before the main symposium kicked off, that was aimed at a female-only audience, with four masterclasses by female sound practitioners at the top of their game. The aims were to make them more visible, to inform and inspire other women in the industry and to help to equalise the gender imbalance in the sound professions. We are also running a mentoring scheme launched for women who are at their start or a few years into their career in sound. Mentors will be both men and women."
The programme began with a bang with Ann Kroeber (Blue Velvet, Dead Poets Society), who played some early contact mic recordings from a microphone she had specially designed, including a capture used in David Lynch's Dune. She also talked about how to get the best from your subjects when recording wildlife. Ann went on to speak in further detail at the Friday symposium.
Second on the bill was Anna Bertmark in conversation with Production Sound Mixer, Judi Lee-Headman AMPS (Homeland, The Bible). They spoke about the differences between working on film, TV and commercial and several near death experiences they'd had on location. Judi also revealed the best way to befriend other departments for their cooperation - cake!
Next up Supervising Sound Editor Catherine Hodgson AMPS (Atonement, Jane Eyre, The King’s Speech ), talked about entertaining early experiences at the Beeb and Pinewood and the beginnings of Boom. She showed the wonderful post-battle scenes from Atonement and spoke on the importance of sounds selection.
Bringing the day to a close was new AMPS member Jo Jackson (Long Walk to Freedom, Suffragette). Jo talked about mix teching at Halo and had fascinating observations on human interaction in the studio! She also spoke about current work including mixing the SD heavy short ‘Dirt’ directed by Darius Clark Monroe, and other drama work. 
It was a truly inspiring day for all involved. Commenting on the event afterwards speaker Catherine Hodgson said:
"What a great event it all was. I got such a buzz from it all. And I absolutely loved Thursday - Women in Sound! Wow! Who would have thought? And to be able to talk alongside such amazing and inspiring ladies. I felt very humbled to have been invited and so strengthened by such a positive day. To all of my fellow sound women - it was so great to meet you and hear your stories."
Editor and Mixer Jo Jackson commented: 
"I feel absolutely honoured to have been asked to be a part of such an inspiring and amazing day, I'm still on a high several days later. To be up there talking amongst three complete legends was incredible, and to be able to talk about my story so far to other passionate women in sound was just awesome. I'm so grateful to have been asked to be involved!"
Judi Lee-Headman said:
"It was a great privilege to meet Ann and Catherine and Jo. I found it very interesting listening to each of the speakers explaining the path they had taken to make a career in sound, and no two stories were alike. I wanted to share my experiences as a sound recordist over the last two decades. I really enjoyed the experience, an hour flew by. I'm used to being the quiet one so it was quite difficult at the beginning to try to compress 30 years experience into one hour long talk!"
From Anna Bertmark:
"It was a privilege to be involved in helping Emily and Lighthouse to organise The Sound Of Story again this year and especially the Women's Forum day, which was an unique event, inspiring for all."
Paul Davies joined the panel at the end of the talks taking questions from the floor and sharing the aims of AMPS.  Audience members were also encouraged to share their stories. 
The next two days of the festival were open to all, with both selling out fast. The 232 seated Dome Theatre Studio was packed out on Friday to watch presentations including Paul Davies AMPS, Sue Harding, Mathew Herbert and talks on 'Notes on Blindness', a film for the sighted and the blind and 'Akiha Den Den', part radio play part audio art. The more intimate workshops took place on Saturday with Martin Pavey, Larry Sider and Sue Harding who treated us to some live foley preforming, sharing a few secrets comparable those of the magic circle!! 

The Farm joins Sustaining Members Family

Wednesday, 5th October 2016

November 2016

Award winning post production company “The Farm” becomes a sustaining member of The Association of Motion Picture Sound.

September 2016

AMPS would like to Welcome our new Sustaining Members to the AMPS Family - Zoom, Sounds in Sync and Audio-Technica.

AMPS Members Emmy wins!

Wednesday, 5th October 2016

AMPS members Ronan Hill and Richard Dyer have been awarded another Primetime Emmy for their work as production sound mixers on Game of Thrones season 6 Battle of the Bastards. This is Ronan's third win for the show and Richards second.
 
Many congratulations from everybody at AMPS!

Avid Upgrade Plans

Wednesday, 5th October 2016

Avid have made some major announcements which introduce a seismic shift in terms of how customers are able to purchase their flagship Pro Tools|HDX and Pro Tools|HD software range of professional audio production products.
 
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Also, save £1.5k if you upgrade to Pro Tools | HDX before 30 September!

Discounts for members up to 25%!

Wednesday, 5th October 2016

AMPS are please to annouce that Sustaining members 'Sound In Sync' and 'Audio Technica' are now offering a significant discount to members.  You will need to be a logged in member in order to obtain full details.

Other member discounts include -

Log in to see full details via membership page-benefits tab

Chris Roberts reports on working on Sky Atlantic's Fortitude

Sunday, 1st February 2015

20 Questions with… Jussi Honka

Thursday, 31st July 2014

What is your craft/grade?
I mainly do dialogue editing with random ventures into mixing, sfx editing or supervising. How did you start in the industry?
By accident really. I did electronic music as a hobby and after compulsory eduction ended I needed to find a further place to study. It is really difficult to get to University in Finland to study hard sciences, so after several unsuccessful applications I needed a rethink. I found a BA sound design course which I applied altho it was equally difficult to get into it as it was for hard sciences. But they saw something in me and on my second year there I got introduced to film sound and that was it. What is the biggest challenge you have faced in your career so far?
After finishing my BA in Finland I moved to UK to live with my girlfriend and tried to find any work from Cornwall where she lived at the time. We were living in a 1200 year old barn conversion which had no insulation and I tried to keep myself warm by sitting on my laptop power charger whilst applying for all sorts of jobs including leaflet distribution. However, four months later I was - to my knowledge - the only dubbing mixer in Cornwall and I was working on programs for UKTV Food. From there it's been pretty good. What do you most enjoy about your job?
I'm always blown away when I hear my work back in the mix and how good it sounds after everything has came together. Especially the scenes which have caused a lot of headache. What do you least enjoy about your job?
Recuts. What is your proudest achievement?
Being able to carve a career in London, working with and for people who I've always looked up to. Who would you most like to be stranded on a desert island with?
My wife and my child. Who or what has been the biggest inspiration to your career?
I've always found most inspiration from the people around, not so much from the so called legends even if I appreciate and admire their work greatly. People close to me keep inspiring me. There are too many to list, but I need to mention Chris Roberts and David Old who have been elemental for my career. What piece of equipment or software has made the biggest difference to your working life?
Izotope RX. Where would you most like to be right now?
I'm pretty good where I am now thanks. What do you consider has made the biggest impact to our business in the last five years?
Technology that doesn't cost much and gets better all the time. What is your favourite film?
Fifth Element, Attack the Block, Role Models, Pacific Rim, Kick-Ass. I like my films stupid and loud. What is your favourite song?
Could be Bathorys 'Gods of Thunder of Wind and of Rain' or almost any one from this playlist: http://open.spotify.com/user/jussi.honka/playlist/5fxO4ZXvqgFErTRK5RsmFS What is your favourite TV show?
Breaking Bad. What is your favourite book?
I can't name any specific books, but I enjoy Sci-Fi as a whole. How do you relax?
Messing about in the garden. What is your guilty pleasure?
Trash metal with medieval/fantasy themes. What is your hidden talent?
DIY probably.

AMPS & NFTS Excel!

Tuesday, 28th January 2014

Graham Hartstone from AMPS remarked, "Its a fantastic achievement for Raoul and Ania to have made it onto this list and the AMPS Council wish to heartily congratulate you both and wish you very well in the judging." A further notable achievement is that six of the seven Verna Fields nominees study at NFTS (an AMPS Sustaining Member), whilst another NFTS graduate film 'Sleeping with Fishes' has a BAFTA nomination in the British Short Film & British Short Animation category. Graham continued, "I was guest tutor during the Post Production of all nominated graduate films, and I am delighted that the consistently high standard achieved by NFTS graduates is recognised internationally. Good luck to all the nominees." MPSE Verna Fields Award in Sound Editing for Student Filmmakers Anamnesis
Sound Designer: Filipe Paszkiewicz
National Film and Television School First Light
Sound Designer: Raoul Brand
National Film and Television School The Magnificent Lion Boy
Sound Designer: Ania Przygoda
National Film and Television School Miss Todd
Filmmaker: Kristina Yee
National Film and Television School Robomax
Sound Designer: Tingli Lim
National Film and Television School Sleeping With The Fishes
Sound Designer: Nikola Medic
National Film and Television School If You’re Serious
Sound Designer: Jorge Fernandez
University of Miami School of Communications See full list of MPSE award nominees here… BAFTA British Short Film & British Short Animation Nomination Sleeping With The Fishes James Walker, Sarah Woolner and Yousif Al-Khalifa See more BAFTA info here…

AMPS at BSC Expo

Monday, 27th January 2014

With the view to raising the Association's profile, this is the fifth occasion that AMPS has attended the event which also gives Production Sound members the opportunity to preview developments in camera, lighting and grip equipment. On display amongst many companies were a variety of LED lighting systems, small and large digital cameras and an impressive array of camera mounting solutions which all contributed to a varied and interesting event. The large and diverse number of exhibitors (from Arri to Warner Bros. De Lane Lea) were augmented by seminars on related topics and included a presentation by the acclaimed cinematographer Vittorio Storaro ASC AIC where he premiered his book "The Art of Cinematography". More information on this can be found here. Brian Simmons, Richard Manton and Chris Roberts were on hand both days to answer enquiries and engage in networking with industry friends and colleagues! www.bscexpo.com

BEIRG Response to OFCOM White Space

Thursday, 12th December 2013

As you may be aware, Ofcom is currently consulting on the future use of TV white space and the best approach to co-existence with incumbent users such as DTT and PMSE. This is an issue of huge importance to the PMSE sector as, at present, it is the only secondary user of white space, coexisting with Digital Terrestrial Television. Here to download is BEIRG's response to the Ofcom consultation on "TV White Space: Approach to coexistence". The BEIRG response reflects contributions and views from across the PMSE sector and BEIRG.

BEIRG Response to OFCOM White Space

UK Frequency Allocation Table ~ 2013

Tuesday, 5th March 2013

Published by OFCOM 05/03/2013. 2.5MB, PDF

UK Frequency Allocation Table ~ 2013

AMPS members win BAFTA Sound awards

Tuesday, 15th May 2012

The sound team behind Sherlock (A Scandal in Belgravia), which included John Mooney (production sound mixer), Howard Bargroff (dubbing mixer) and Doug Sinclair (supervising sound editor) won the award for best sound for fiction. Kate Hopkins (dubbing editor) and her team won the award for best sound for factual for Frozen Planet (To The Ends Of The Earth). Kate previously won an Emmy for her work on Blue Planet in 2007. AMPS members were also among the sound award nominees. Rudi Buckle (production sound mixer) was nominated for The Hour, and Richard Dyer (sound recordist) and Paul Hamblin (sound re-recording mixer) for Great Expectations. On winning the award, Howard Bargroff said: “This is the first award I’ve won and I hadn't prepared anything to say, but it was a great project to work on, the original material recorded by John was excellent and the script, performances, editing and music (recorded at AIR) all contributed to the creation of a special final sound track. There were three episode in the series and they were all of the same high quality and a joy to work on.” Kate Hopkins also said: “It was a fantastic night and wonderful to get a BAFTA to take home to Bristol. Frozen Planet was a great series to work on. The challenge was to give the series a sound track that was detailed and when needed, big and punchy. Hopefully we achieved that.” Chris Roberts, Chairman of AMPS, added: "It's fantastic to see so many of the Association's members recognised by BAFTA in this year's television craft awards. It really shows just how much talent we have in the UK producing such great television soundtracks."

ON SET NOISE INVESTIGATION

Thursday, 25th July 1996

In response to complaints from Production Sound members regarding on set noise problems that inhibit the recording of usable sound and cause undue stress on sound crews, AMPS called a meeting of members to discuss the matter and offer solutions.  Resulting from this meeting, a cross-section of members was asked to reply to a survey seeking their opinions and experiences.  This document was composed from these replies.

ON SET NOISE INVESTIGATION

Post Office Anechoic Chamber

Tuesday, 1st July 1975

Scan of Post Office Electrical Engineers Journal. Details of the anechoic chamber in the London Test Centre of the British Post Office. 3.6MB. PDF.

Post Office Anechoic Chamber

Post Office Cine Unit

Friday, 1st September 1972

Scan of Post Office Telecommunications Journal describing the operations of the Post Office Cine Unit. 2.7MB. PDF.

Post Office Cine Unit

BBC Television Centre Handbook

Monday, 1st January 1962

THE BBC Television Centre , opened in June 1960, is the hub of Britain's national television network. It houses the world's senior television service in the most up-to-date, self-contained broadcasting centre in Europe-the first in Britain to be designed specifically for television. 5.2MB. PDF

BBC Television Centre Handbook

Post Office Circuits for Broadcasting

Friday, 1st June 1934

Circuits for Broadcasting: What "Transmission by Landline" means to the Post Office. 2.1MB PDF.

Post Office Circuits for Broadcasting

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