2014 was a year to remember for me, book-ended by two national sound awards.
The year began with an Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) award for Best Sound in a Documentary for Desert War: Episode 1 ‘Tobruk’. Desert War was produced by Electric Pictures and was aired by ABC TV, BBC2 and BBC Scotland.
Desert War is the account of the siege of Tobruk, told by the people who were there and portrayed through historical re-enactments. Mixing the re-enacted war scenes was one of the greatest challenges of the project.
The sound team also included Glenn Martin, Ash Gibson Greig, Ash Charlton and Chris Bollard.
The year was capped off with the 2014 Australian Screen Sound Guild award for Best Sound in a Documentary for The Search for the Ocean’s Super Predator. Produced by Sea Dog TV International, this documentary was aired by ABC TV, National Geographic Channel Europe, NHK, TVNZ, Al Rayyan TV and Smithsonian Channel.
In The Search for the Ocean’s Super Predator, a super predator’s underwater attack leads investigators to a mysterious natural phenomenon that attracts the ocean’s most fearsome predators. The dialogue was a particular challenge, as much the program was shot on a working boat, in windy conditions. All of the underwater sound was replaced, and the documentary was mixed in 5.1 surround. You can view the full program here.
The sound team also included Glenn Martin, Ash Charlton and Steve Trowbridge.
It was a privilege to work on these excellent projects, and congratulations must go to the production companies and to my colleagues.