Molinare bags both RTS Craft Awards for sound

The Royal Television Society (RTS) has announced the two sound category winners of its 2016 Craft & Design Awards.

Molinare staff secured both of the awards; Simon Bysshe, Nigel Squibbs, Jamie Caple and Jeremy Price (pictured L-R) were recognised in the Sound – Drama category for their work on Sky Atlantic’s ‘The Tunnel: Sabotage’, while James Evans, Gregor Lyon and Greg Gettens won Best Sound in Entertainment and Non Drama for ‘Charlie Hebdo: 3 days that shook Paris’.

The Awards, hosted by Sandi Toksvig on Monday 28 November at the Hilton Hotel on London’s Park Lane in partnership with Blackmagic Design, celebrate excellence in broadcast television and aim to recognise the variety of skills and processes involved in programme production.

Upon announcing The Tunnel as the winner in the Drama category, judges highlighted its mood-setting sound effects, and said they felt that the “naked dialogue worked with huge dynamics and a very delicate mix to create intimacy but with scale.”

Head of drama and film sound, Nigel Squibbs, commented: “Working on The Tunnel has been a privilege and delight for the sound team. We have been able to explore bold extremes of complexity and simplicity in the soundtrack which would not have been possible without the creative support and collaboration of the directors, producer, and execs. The whole process has been very rewarding and receiving this award is testament to the considered thought and care that has been invested by all.”

After winning the award for Best Sound in Entertainment and Non Drama, Greg Gettens – who has now won the RTS Sound Award in both the fiction and factual categories – remarked, “I’m really proud to have won this RTS award. It was a fantastic programme to work on, and we wanted to make sure we gave the material the sensitivity and treatment it deserved”.

Judges cited the impact of the programme’s sound and its contribution to great storytelling. They said, “you were caught in the moment and it felt natural. It enhanced the viewing experience and the transitions between the sources was seamless."

Head of factual broadcast sound Greg Gettens joined Molinare in August from Clear Cut Pictures, where he had been the head of audio for eight years.