The Sound of “The King’s Speech”

You might not know Production Sound Mixer John Midgley, but you definitely have heard his incredible collection of work including the first three “Harry Potter” films, “Children of Men”, and “Hotel Rwanda”.

John Midgley was recently honored with his second Academy Award nomination for his work on “The King’s Speech” and was previously nominated for “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace” in 1999. In this 30-minute conversation, the SoundWorks Collection explore what it was like to capture these critically acclaimed performances by Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, and Helena Bonham Carter. Find out how specific scenes in the film were recorded, the challenges that came with the film’s short schedule, and what it takes to be a Production Sound Mixer. God Save the King!

VIA: Michael Coleman

Jim Henson’s Violent Early Work

From 1957 to 1961, Henson made 179 commercials for Wilkins Coffee and other Wilkins products, including Community Coffee and Wilkins Tea. The ads were so successful and well-liked that they sparked a series of remakes for companies in other local markets throughout the 1960s. The ads starred the cheerful Wilkins, who liked Wilkins Coffee, and the grumpy Wontkins, who hated it. Wilkins would often do serious harm to Wontkins in the ads — blowing him up, stabbing him with a knife, and smashing him with a club, among many other violent acts.

You can find more Muppet videos from the 60′s here.

VIA: Muppet Wiki

Adobe Premiere Tutorial: Editing Concepts and Techniques

Here is a simple tutorial covering basic editing techniques and concepts with Adobe Premiere. This will cover a small project from start to finish, and includes going over Project Setup, Interlacing VS Deinterlacing, Editing, Audio, and Rendering. It’s a bit old, but the basics still apply.

VIA: American Parkour

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