Starting in BBC Sound Radio in Scotland in 1959, moved into BBC Film Unit at Ealing Studios in 1963 then went to Thames Television Film Department in 1969 on contract. Spent nearly 10 years there then went fully freelance in 1979. From that time, worked on documentaries, TV Drama and Cinema Productions and anyone else that would pay me until retiring in 2006. And I made a living doing it all!
Made it to retirement - debts paid!
Sandy MacRae, Production Mixer with wide and well-respected experience & many credits for both feature films and television drama series, joined AMPS shortly after its inception in 1989.
In 1994 he was elected to the Council of the Association and in 2001 served as Vice Chairman for a three-year period.
Besides regular attendance at monthly Council meetings over the past ten years, to which he contributed valuable and reasoned debate to all discussions; his efforts towards arranging general meetings on varied subjects have done much to keep AMPS members abreast of technological developments in production sound recording.
In 1997 he was responsible for the publication of the highly praised On Set Noise Report. As the AMPS Webmaster, he has devoted considerable time and expertise to make the Association website a respected professional sound resource.
For such services he is elected a Fellow of the Association.
The Council of the Association of Motion Picture Sound 8th February 2004
CITATION FOR EXCEPTIONAL CONTRIBUTION AWARD.
Sandy’s illustrious career in Sound spans close to 50 years. Starting in Radio in Scotland and progressing to become a respected Production Sound Mixer on Television Dramas, Documentaries and Films. Notable prestigious titles include: - The Naked Civil Servant, Rumpole of the Bailey, The Jewel of The Nile, The Dressmaker, Jeeves and Wooster, Agatha Christie: Poirot, The Royle Family among a host of other memorable productions. Sandy has received two BAFTA Nominations – The South Bank Show and Reilly: Ace of Spies.
Sandy has been active in AMPS for many years serving on Council and in office. He was awarded an AMPS fellowship in 2004. The list of his voluntary contributions to the running of AMPS is manifold. He organised the printing and distribution of The Journal, compiled and published our printed directories, he designed and ran our first website which served us extremely well for many years; he instigated and continues to maintain all our email facilities. He supervises our affiliation with BEIRG and has lobbied on behalf of AMPS - keeping the membership updated with radio frequency allocations. He serves on the AMPS Awards Adjudication Panel and is heavily involved in the day-to-day management of the new website.
In all these tasks Sandy is consummately diligent and reliable, particularly in times of crisis. For which the membership is profoundly grateful.
In recognition of his career and his outstanding service to AMPS, Sandy is awarded the Exceptional Contribution Award – 2014