Darren Aronofsky to Receive Motion Picture Sound Editors’ Filmmaker Award

Darren Aronofsky to get Motion Picture

The Motion Picture Sound Editors will honor director Darren Aronofsky with the Filmmaker Award at the MPSE’s annual Golden Reel Awards, the org announced Monday.

Aronofsky’s films include this year’s “Noah,” 2010’s “Black Swan” and 2000’s “Requiem for a Dream.” With the Filmmaker Award, the org seeks to celebrate “extraordinary filmmakers who embody the spirit, the vigor and innovation of storytelling.” Past honorees include Steven Spielberg and Ang Lee.

“One of the first reasons I was inspired to become a filmmaker was the exciting possibilities of experimenting with sound, so it is an incredible feeling to be honored by the MPSE,” Aronofsky said. “Sound dreams, sound emotes and, most importantly, sound is what often saves my ass.”

The MPSE’s 62nd annual Golden Reel Awards will take place February 15 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles.

 

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  1. randythom says:

    I have enormous respect for Aronofsky’s films, and for his use of sound. His remark about sound often saving his ass is meant to be complimentary, of course. But imagine how odd it would be for a director to say that visual images often save his ass. The right visual image does, obviously, solve storytelling problems, does save your ass; but we think that goes without saying. After more than eighty years of film sound we still tend to think of sound as secondary, as a problem fixer, or often simply as a problem. There have been scattered glorious examples through film history of sound being treated as the equal of cinematography, but too few.
    When I’m introduced to someone at a party I hear many variations on the theme of “Glad to meet you Mr. Thom…. I think sound is SO important in film.” It’s always nice to hear, but as I’m hearing it I’m always thinking it’s odd that so many people seem to think sound is important, yet the status of sound in film storytelling remains solidly secondary, if not tertiary, in the vast majority of movies.

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