By Steve Rosen in Dad Pride

It’s been a good couple of weeks! A bunch of Sonic Union work was shortlisted by AICE and AMP, and we shared the AMP Award for Outstanding Mix with our friends at Sound Lounge. It means a lot coming from AMP. And while it’s great to be recognized for work you submit to awards committees, it’s somehow more a point of pride for me how much of the work nominated in other non-sound-specific categories had Sonic Union’s imprint. In a prior AICE awards show, every Sonic Union mixer was represented in different categories. That felt good.

We can all maybe agree that shiny things are nice, but knowing that we’ve built a company and a culture to be proud of on every level is what’s made this journey matter for me. Here’s some of the award winning work we were a part of this season;

 

AICE Award Winners

Color Grading – Over :90

Squarespace – John’s Journey

Digital Content – :90 and Under

Adidas Originals – Original Is Never Finished

National Campaign

Under Armour – Make That Old

 

AMP Award Winners

Best In Show

Adidas Originals – Original Is Never Finished

Outstanding Adaptation/Arrangement

Adidas Originals – Original Is Never Finished

Most Effective Music In A Campaign

Google Pixel – Made By Google

Outstanding Mix

Under Armour – Make That Old

And one additional finalist that makes me especially proud…

Sound Design

Adidas Y-3 – Adidas Y-3 Spring/Summer Collection

With sound design and mix by our own Owen Shearer and Brian Goodheart.

That’s the stuff that keeps me going…
-Steve

By Pat Sullivan in Announcements

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!

 

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By Pat Sullivan in The Core

With glasses full of cider and stomachs full of treats, Halloween was in full effect at S*U last night! We had a blast with some of our closest friends carving pumpkins, eating pounds of fall themed puppy chow and watching It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. A big thanks to everyone who braved the monsoon last night and to all of those whose creative carvings now decorate the office. See some pics below and check out all of the action on our Facebook!

By Sonic Union in The Core

Alright, we’ve done enough sharing of our staff favorites for a while now. We’d like to introduce our first ever guest DJ, Lauren Bauder, who is a kick-ass producer at McCann! LB’s Top 20 are posted on the playlist below, check out what she has to say about her favorite songs. We’re rocking out to her tunes all day in the office today!

DJ Bauds searching for the next big hit
DJ Bauds searching for the next big hit

“Playlist Goal – To start a Dance Party! Genres Covered – 80’s Synth Classics, 90’s Teen Angst & Pop Classics, Hippy Dippy Classics from College years in Maine, Boston Sports Fans Classic (specifically Sweet Caroline), Hip Hop Classics (who doesn’t love MASE) and my inner Hipster / Re-Mix Classics.”

You can listen to Lauren’s playlist here. If you want to be our next guest DJ, let us know and we’ll play your favorite songs during your next visit!

By Pat Sullivan in New Work

No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes. Punk Rock attitude a must. Wall of death optional. Please don’t sue.

Earlier this year Brian Goodheart mixed the awesome documentary Riot on the Dance Floor about DJ Randy Now and the punk rock haven, City Gardens. Members of bands like Descendents, Dead Kennedys, Fugazi, Minor Threat, and The Bouncing Souls give us an inside glimpse into what it was like to play at one of the most iconic venues in the scene.

It’s full of archival footage and photographs of the New Jersey venue, plus great stories about riots and moshing and fire and of course, GWAR.

The film, directed by Steve Tozzi, will screen at CBGB Fest in NYC on Friday, October 10th and Saturday, October 11th. You can watch the trailer below and tickets can be purchased here

 

 

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Peter Tabbot (Producer), Brian Goodheart (Mix Engineer), and Steve Tozzi (Director) do a final pass on the mix at Sonic Union earlier this year. (Photo by Ken Salerno)