UK: UK Screen Association's annual audio awards, The Conch, took place in late September, writes David Davies. London film/TV sound post-production facility De Lane Lea was among the recipients, picking up awards for Best UK Film Sound Facility (for the third year running) and Best Film Soundtrack of the Year - Over _10 Million, the latter given for its work on Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd.
Breathe Post Production, MJM Sound and Grand Central Studios were among the other UK facilities to have engineers acknowledged for their efforts over the past 12 months.
Along with De Lane Lea, MJM Sound was also well-presented at the winners' podium, with Mark Taylor receiving Best UK Film Re-Recording Mixer and James Boyle taking home the UK Screen Fellowship Award.
Other winners included Mike Higham at AIR Studios and Out of Eden Studios in the category of Best Music Production for his work on Sweeney Todd; Breathe Post Productions' Pip Norton, named Best TV Dubbing Mixer; Shepperton Studios' Glen Gathard, declared to be the UK's Most Promising Newcomer; Simon Hayes, who received the Production Sound Mixer of the Year award; and Grand Central Studios, selected as the Best UK Commercial Sound Facility.
Gaynor Davenport (pictured), CEO, UK Screen Association tells PSN-e: "We want The Conch to be the very best it can be and that's why each year we strive to make improvements. At its launch three years ago our focus was essentially on audio post-production; in its second year we collaborated with AMPS [the Association of Motion Picture Sound] to introduce two new awards for sound production; this year we delineated more carefully between the film and TV categories to give greater clarity on eligibility as well as introducing an online voting system which proved to be a big hit in determining the shortlist for judging. And to top it all we had the most fantastic Awards party ever!"
Plans are now in progress for the 2009 event. "We intend to review the nomination process and consider whether the growth in popularity of The Conch means we'll need a bigger venue," says Davenport.