LAPPG: Exploring Team v. Single Mixer Projects with Cinema Audio Society


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LAPPG: Exploring Team v. Single Mixer Projects with Cinema Audio Society

By Karol Urban CAS MPSE

On December 8th, a panel of experts presented on behalf of Cinema Audio Society at the final 2022 Los Angeles Post Production Group meeting. The virtual event explored the various workflows, social dynamics, and project implications related to mixing alone in a post-audio environment or as part of a mix team on a dub stage. Both carry the same mission, so what are the advantages and disadvantages of each for the mixer, the project, and the client?
Moderated by CAS president Karol Urban CAS MPSE, the panel consisted of re-recording mixers: Bob Bronow CAS MPSE (Cruel Summer and Deadliest Catch), Shaun Cunningham CAS (Family Guy and American Dad), Jonathan Wales CAS (Get Out and The Black Phone.), and Mathew Waters CAS (Game of Thrones and Only Murders in the Building). With nearly 10 Emmys, 10 CAS awards, and multiple Golden Reel Awards, this veteran group of mixers shed light on negotiating projects, dividing duties, and navigating dynamics. The panel ended by opening the floor to questions from viewers.

The Panelists

Karol Urban CAS, MPSE, NATASKarol Urban CAS, MPSE, NATAS
Karol Urban CAS, MPSE, NATAS (Moderator) is a re-recording mixer for television and feature films. She is an involved member of her community, having served on the Television Academy’s Governor’s Peer Group for Sound Mixing, organized events for The LA Sound Group, and served as a blue-ribbon panel judge for the Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reels. Karol acted as content editor of the CAS Quarterly and served as a board member for the Cinema Audio Society before being elected as President of the organization in 2019. She enjoys educational outreach and has moderated and appeared on panels for Mix’s Sound for Film Event, EIPMA, MPSE, Soundgirls, and AMPAS Gold Rising. Some of her credits include: #RealityHigh, Band Aid, Big Sky, New Girl, Gentefied, Grey’s Anatomy, For All Mankind, Made for Love, National Treasure: Edge of History, Outlander, She-Hulk:Attorney at Law, The Stand.

Bob Bronow CASBob Bronow CAS
Bob Bronow CAS is a re-recording mixer working in television, film and radio for more than thirty years. He has received three Primetime Emmy Awards with an additional eleven nominations, four CAS Award wins and two MPSE Golden Reels.

He is a former governor for the Television Academy’s Sound Peer Group and currently sits on the Sound Peer Group Executive Committee. He also currently serves on the Cinema Audio Society’s Board of Directors. Some projects include: Cruel Summer, American Soul, Genius: Einstein and Picasso, Barkskins, Tacoma FD, A Christmas Prince, The Last Ship, Graves, Nightcap, Z: The Beginning of Everything, The Family, fourteen seasons of Deadliest Catch, Perfect Match, Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins, American Masters: Marlon Brando, Carol Burnett & Bob Newhart, What We Carry, The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horses and The Wrecking Crew.

Shaun Cunningham CASShaun Cunningham CAS
Shaun Cunningham CAS is a Re-recording Mixer specializing in animation sound. A graduate of Berklee College of Music with a degree in Music Production and Engineering, Shaun began his career recording and mixing music before making his way into post production audio. Starting in sound editorial and working across a wide range of formats from Film to Television, Shaun moved into Foley mixing and sound design before coming to re-recording mixing. Shaun is currently the re-recording mixer for Family Guy and American Dad.

Jonathan Wales CASJonathan Wales CAS
After producing records in his native London, Jonathan Wales CAS moved to LA to work as a re-recording mixer on movies. Having worked at Universal Studios and other facilities, Jonathan’s passion for sound and technology led to the creation of Sonic Magic – a leading independent facility, where he mixed for over 15 years. Jonathan then made the move to Warner Bros. where he is currently based. With over 250 credits, he is most recently known for his work on the award winning shows Get Out, The Haunting of Hill House and The Black Phone.

Mathew Waters CASMathew Waters CAS
Mathew Waters CAS is a six time Emmy winner and six time CAS winner as a re-recording mixer. He has won two Golden reel as a sound supervisor. He has been in Post Production sound for over 30 years and has worked as an assistant, transfer person, sound designer, sound supervisor, and re-recording mixer. Some of his recent credits include: Game of Thrones, Only Murders in the Building, The Underground Railroad, The Curse of Bridge Hollow.


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