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Foley Artists: Heard Any Good Films Lately?

13/02/2012 | Comments Off on Foley Artists: Heard Any Good Films Lately?

From footsteps on snow to beheadings, a Foley artist can recreate any sound. Meet Hollywood’s not-so-silent stars. It may have passed you by, but the packaging for cornflour is changing – and, in one tiny part of the British film industry, it has created panic. Foley artists are responsible for beefing up a film’s background…

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The London Loudness Summit 2011

14/01/2012 | Comments Off on The London Loudness Summit 2011

Graham Heath MIPS reports on a specialist one-day summit held in London in December 2011 “Loudness refers to the perceived strength of a piece of audio (music, speech, sound effects etc.). The loudness depends on the level, frequency, content, and the duration of the audio, amongst other things” (On the way to Loudness Nirvana –Audio…

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Quality Saga pt 4

18/11/2011 | Comments Off on Quality Saga pt 4

Following the reply from Lord Patten we subsequently received this letter from the BBC Director General, Mark Thompson: The IBS is formulating a response, and will publish it here, once sent. (go to pt 5)

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Quality Saga pt 3

18/11/2011 | Comments Off on Quality Saga pt 3

The reply from Lord Patten to the letter (see Quality Saga pt 2) Thank you for your letter and for enclosing the letter written by Louise Willcox, headed BBC — Doing Less, But Making It Sound Better. I note that at the Institute you have become increasingly concerned about what you feel is a decline…

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Quality Saga pt 2

18/11/2011 | Comments Off on Quality Saga pt 2

PO Box 208 Havant Hampshire PO9 9BQ 4th August 2011 The Lord Patten Chairman BBC Trust 180 Great Portland Street London W1W 5QZ Dear Lord Patten, RE: BBC – DOING LESS, BUT MAKING IT SOUND BETTER We hope the headings below will assist reference. 1. Who are we, and should you take us seriously? 2.…

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Quality Saga pt 1

18/11/2011 | Comments Off on Quality Saga pt 1

The IBS has written to the BBC Trust Chairman, Lord Patten of Barnes on the subject of lack of training and falling operational standards in sound. The chain of correspondence which followed is posted here in the interests of wider dissemination. The initial contact was a covering letter from  Simon Bishop, IBS Chairman. Read on……

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Mentoring report – June 2011

25/07/2011 | Comments Off on Mentoring report – June 2011

Its been about a year since we started the scheme and 6 months since the first mentoring pairs were set up and, so far, the scheme seems to be going well. First things first… the numbers. In the last 6 months we have had 20 enquiries to join the scheme,17 people have joined and have…

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Notes From The Front Row

08/05/2011 | Comments Off on Notes From The Front Row

Conrad Fletcher MIPS describes the technical challenges of relaying a live stage performance via satellite to a cinema audience around the world. You would have thought that a live transmission to cinemas in 5.1 would be broadly similar to a live surround sound TV transmission, and indeed that’s what I thought when I first started…

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Great Drama – But Can You Hear What They’re Saying Now?

25/03/2011 | Comments Off on Great Drama – But Can You Hear What They’re Saying Now?

Louise Willcox MIBS, Executive Committee Member and volunteer to the Listener and Viewer’s TV Audibility Group, reports on her experiences in a major recent exercise to assess the difficulties of dialogue audibility across a range of programmes and broadcasters. The Voice of the Listener and Viewer’s TV Audibility Group (TVAG), formed in 2007, has been…

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UK's first common TV Programme delivery standards

16/03/2011 | Comments Off on UK's first common TV Programme delivery standards

Post production departments will be glad to hear that the Digital Production Partnership (DPP) has today unveiled common technical standards for tape delivery of HD and SD TV programmes to all major UK broadcasters. Producers will now have just one set of guidelines that cover Technical Specifications, Picture and Sound Quality for Delivery to the…

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