I don’t think I’ve eaten as many grilled cheese sandwiches as I did last night. Maybe I was nervous for Owen, or overly excited. Each year, AICE hosts Camp Kuleshov, a showcase for assistant editors and engineers. It’s a great opportunity to catch up with friends from both the editorial and audio worlds and see some really creative work from some really talented people.
Assistant editors have the prompt to either cut a trailer from a selection of films and turn it into a different genre, or use two films to create a trailer for a completely new movie. Some of the film selections this year were Wet Hot American Summer, A Clockwork Orange, Eraserhead, Dances With Wolves, and the original Doctor Dolittle. We were happy to see our bud Tommy Button of Crew Cuts take first place by turning Wet Hot American Summer into a Scorcese film. It even got mention from the AV Club as well as Michael Showalter himself!
Assistant engineers were asked to take any continuous :90 seconds from Charlie Chaplin’s “The Gold Rush” or Buster Keaton’s “The General” and provide all the sound design for one of the silent films. Our own Owen Shearer took a fight scene from “The Gold Rush” and used his sound design and music editing chops to make a tense, and at times, comedic atmosphere. With the help of his VO talent, his girlfriend Claudia and our own Nate Bennett, the finishing touches were added. We’re so proud to announce that Owen took home 1st Place in the Sound Design category! There were a lot of great entries this year and we want to send out our congratulations to everyone who participated. This was such a fun night to be a part of. You can check out all the entries here and you’ll find Owen’s submission and some pics below!