BAFTA winners rely on Avid creative tools for awards success

Avid’s Media Composer and Pro Tools, powered by its MediaCentral platform, were used by winners and nominees in all sound and editing production craft categories at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Film Awards.

The BAFTA Best Sound Award went to Richard King, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo, and Mark Weingarten for Dunkirk who relied on Avid Pro Tools to bring their soundtracks to life. BAFTA Sound nominees Ron Bartlett, Doug Hemphill, Mac Ruth and Mark Mangini from sound post-production company Formosa Group, mixed Blade Runner 2049 using two Pro Tools S6 consoles.

Fellow sound editing nominees and Avid users also included Christian Cooke, Glen Gauthier, Nathan Robitaille, Brad Zoern for The Shape of Water, Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick, Stuart Wilson, Matthew Wood for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Tim Cavagin, Mary H. Ellis, Julian Slater for Baby Driver.

The BAFTA Film Award for Editing went to Jonathan Amos and Paul Machliss of ACE for Baby Driver, who used Media Composer to edit this blockbuster which was released at the end of June. “The ability to edit in a ‘near-live’ environment allowed a unique blending of production and post-production that contributed to the film’s success,” said Machliss. “I’m honoured to be recognised by BAFTA.”

Additionally, all nominees for the BAFTA Film Award for Editing also used Media Composer to cut their films, including Joe Walker, ACE for Blade Runner 2049, Lee Smith, ACE for Dunkirk, Sidney Wolinsky, ACE for The Shape of Water, and Jon Gregory, ACE for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

“Every awards season Avid’s talented customer community comes out strong to win recognition for creations that amaze audiences around the world,” said Avid president Jeff Rosica. “Avid congratulates these storytellers for their outstanding work. It’s our extreme honour to provide the tools, platform and ecosystem that are part of their creative processes.”