True Blood Nominated for the Motion Picture Sound Editors Award

January 29, 2009 by  

billandsookienewThe Motion Picture Sound Editors have

announced their nominees for the 56th Golden Reel Awards and Alan Ball’s hit HBO TV series “True Blood” has been nominated. The sound editing team on “True Blood” has been nominated in the category of Best Sound Editing: Short Form Dialogue and ADR in Television for their work on Episode 8 “The Fourth Man in the Fire”. Other nominees in the category are Californication – “The Raw and the Cooked”, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation – “Bull”, CSI: NY – “Hostage #421”, Fringe – “Safe”, LOST – “Confirmed Dead #402”, Mad Men – “The Jet Set”, and The Tudors – “Episode 210”. The Golden Reel Awards are presented each year to its members for recognition and acknowledgement of the year”s best work in the various areas of sound editing: Dialogue & ADR, Effects & Foley, and Music in Motion Pictures and Television. The award ceremony will be held on February 21, 2009 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in Los Angeles where during the ceremony the 2009 MPSE Filmmaker”s Award recipient will be announced and the 2009 MPSE Career Achievement Award will be presented to Ben Burtt.

The Golden Reel Award is rewarded not to just one individual but to a whole team of sound editors working behind the scenes of a show to create the right mood casino and setting for the scenes. The “True Blood” sound team nominated consists of:

  • Supervising Dialogue Editor: John Benson
  • Supervising ADR Editor: John Benson
  • Sound Editor: Jason Krane
  • Sound Editor: Jason Lezama
  • Sound Editor: Steve M. Stuhr

Additional Crew:

  • Assistant Dialogue Editor: Nate Hankins
  • ADR Mixer: Jeremy Balko
  • Loop Group Supervisor: Joyce Kurtz
  • Dialogue Re-recording Mixer: Elmo Ponsdomenech
  • Production Sound Mixer: Roger Stevenson

Several of the nominees have extensive experience working on various projects and have received nominations for their work in the past. John Benson has been nominated 4 times for a Golden Reel Award and 2 Primetime Emmys for his work on “Ready To Run”, “The Miracle Worker”, “The Pennsylvania Miners’ Story“, “Anne Frank: The Whole Story”, and “Warm Springs”. His resume of work also includes “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back”, “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”, and “The Hunt for Red October”. Jeremy Balko has worked on many productions including “Saw”, “Saw II”, “Elizabeth: The Golden Age”, “88 Minutes” and “The Hills Have Eyes II” just to name a few. Elmo Ponsdomenech’s body of work includes 4 Primetime Emmys and 4 Cinema Audio Society Awards for his work on “Dexter”, “ Sleeper Cell: Youmud Din”, “NYPD Blue”, “Six Feet Under”, “Sleeper Cell: Fitna”, and “Sleeper Cell”. Jason Krane is known for his work on “Heroes”, “Monk”, “Dexter”, “Desperate Housewives”, and “Ugly Betty” just to name a few of the many productions he has been involved in. All the members on the sound editing team have extensive credentials in the entertainment industry. Congratulations to the sound editing team’s recognition for their hard work and dedication on “True Blood” and we wish them the best of luck at the award ceremony on February 21, 2009.


Motion Picture Sound Editors

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