LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Section of the Audio Engineering Society (AES®) and the Hollywood Section of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®) will host a joint meeting this month exploring sound editorial for Amazon’s new sci-fi anthology series Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. The meeting is slated for Tuesday, January 30 at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California.
Based on various writings from author Philip K. Dick, Electric Dreams features ten standalone episodes, each set in a different and unique world – some that lay in the far reaches of the universe, and others that are much closer to home. The series debuted this month on Amazon Prime Video.
The meeting will include a screening of an episode from the series followed by a panel discussion. Panelists will include series Executive Producer Michael Dinner as well as Supervising Sound Editor Mark Lanza (who’ll also moderate the discussion), Dialogue Editor Ryne Gierke, Sound Effects Editor Harry Snodgrass and Music Editor Brittany DuBay.
The meeting will be held in Sony Pictures’ Kim Novak Theater. It is free and open to AES and SMPTE members and non-members. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the screening beginning at 7:15 p.m. Reservations for all persons, including guests, are required – no exceptions – for entry to the AES/SMPTE event on the Sony Pictures Studios lot.
Michael Dinner (executive producer) is an award-winning director, producer and screenwriter. He made his directorial debut in 1983 with Miss Lonelyhearts, which won a special jury prize for directing at the Cannes Film Festival. His studio directorial debut, Heaven Help Us, followed in 1985. Among his many television credits as executive producer and director are The Wonder Years, Chicago Hope, Early Edition, Karen Sisco, Kidnapped, Justified and Sneaky Pete. He also directed the film The Crew. He began developing Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams in 2013.
Mark A. Lanza,MPSE (supervising sound editor) is an award-winning supervising sound editor at Sony Pictures Post Production Services with more than 250 film and television credits. They range from the sci-fi blockbusters Independence Day and Starship Troopers to the dramas Natural Born Killers and True Lies. He won a BAFTA Award as part of the sound team on the Oliver Stone film JFK, and earned a Hollywood Post Alliance Award as supervising sound editor on the NBC series Grimm. Additionally, he has been nominated for more than two dozen MPSE Golden Reel Awards, including for the Showtime series Homeland. Other recent credits include Justified, Sneaky Pete, Powers, Empire and Scorpion.
Ryne Gierke (dialogue editor) began his career in sound in 2012. His credits include the television series Homeland, Empire, The Goldbergs and Preacher. In 2017 he was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Editorial for his work on Homeland. Along with Electric Dreams, his current projects include Unsolved, a true crime series based on the investigations into the murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls, and Season 7 of Homeland.
Harry Snodgrass (sound effects editor) has been a sound editor, designer and supervisor for more than 30 years. His many distinctions include Emmy and CAS awards for his work on the AMC drama Flight 93. He began his career at 20th Century Fox where his credits included Predator 2, Alien 3, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, The Beverly Hillbillies and Hot Shots! Part Deux.
Brittany DuBay (music editor) is a graduate of George Washington University in Washington, DC and began her professional career in 2012. As a music editor she has worked on projects including Amazon’s Sneaky Pete, A&E’s Bates Motel and the films The Late Bloomer and Chuck. In addition to Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, she is currently working on the CBS hit series Seal Team.
The meeting is produced by Richard A. Wollrich (AES) and Linda Rosner (SMPTE).
What: AES, Los Angeles Section, and SMPTE Hollywood Section, Joint Meeting
Topic: Sound for the Amazon original series Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams
When: Tuesday, January 30, 2018
6:30 p.m. — Reception
7:15 p.m. — Screening
8:15 p.m. — Panel Discussion
Where: Sony Pictures Studios, Kim Novak Theater, 10202 West Washington Boulevard, Culver City CA. Free parking.
Price: Free for AES and SMPTE members and nonmembers
Reservations for all persons, including guests, are required—no exceptions—for entry to the AES/SMPTE event on the Sony Pictures Studios lot.
About Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams
Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams is a ten-episode sci-fi anthology series featuring standalone episodes inspired by Philip K. Dick’s renowned short stories as adapted by leading British and American writers including Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Outlander), Michael Dinner (Justified), Tony Grisoni (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas), Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), Matthew Graham (Doctor Who), David Farr (The Night Manager), Dee Rees (Bessie), and Travis Beacham (Pacific Rim).
Commissioned by Channel 4 for the U.K. and by Amazon for the U.S., Michael Dinner of Rooney McP Productions is executive producer alongside Isa Dick Hackett, Kalen Egan and Christopher Tricarico of Electric Shepherd Productions, David Kanter and Matt DeRoss of Anonymous Content Entertainment, Ronald D. Moore and Maril Davis of Tall Ship Productions, Bryan Cranston and James Degus of Moonshot Entertainment and Lila Rawlings and Marigo Kehoe of Left Bank Pictures, Don Kurt and Kate DiMento in association with Sony Pictures Television.
About the Audio Engineering Society
The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 and now counts over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. Currently, its members are affiliated with more than 75 AES professional sections and more than 95 AES student sections around the world. Section activities may include guest speakers, technical tours, demonstrations and social functions. Through local AES section events, members experience valuable opportunities for professional networking and personal growth. More information at http://www.aes.org.
About the SMPTE® Hollywood Section
The Hollywood Section of SMPTE® was originally organized as the West Coast Section in 1928. Today, as its own SMPTE Region, it encompasses more than 1,200 SMPTE Members with a common interest in motion-imaging technology in the Greater Los Angeles area. The Hollywood Section offers free meetings monthly that are open to SMPTE Members and non-members alike. Information about meetings is posted on the Section website at www.smpte.org/hollywood.
For more than a century, the people of SMPTE (pronounced “simp-tee”) have sorted out the details of many significant advances in media and entertainment technology, from the introduction of “talkies” and color television to HD and UHD (4K, 8K) TV. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has received an Oscar® and multiple Emmy® Awards for its work in advancing moving-imagery engineering across the industry. SMPTE has developed thousands of standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines, more than 800 of which are currently in force today. SMPTE Time Code™ and the ubiquitous SMPTE Color Bars™ are just two examples of SMPTE’s notable work. As it enters its second century, SMPTE is shaping the next generation of standards and providing education for the industry to ensure interoperability as the industry evolves further into IT- and IP-based workflows.
SMPTE’s global membership today includes more than 7,000 members: motion-imaging executives, creatives, technologists, researchers, and students who volunteer their time and expertise to SMPTE’s standards development and educational initiatives. A partnership with the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) connects SMPTE and its membership with the businesses and individuals who support the creation and finishing of media content. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.
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