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Below-the-Line Impact Report

Bob Badami
music supervisor/score wrangler

RECENT SCORES: Badami has been the man behind the music on a string of box office hits, including “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” all three “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, “Hancock,” “Angels and Demons” and “The Da Vinci Code.” Other recent credits: “Sherlock Holmes,” vidgame “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2” and “Public Enemies.” His prowess is evidenced by his 1989 Technical Achievement Oscar win (shared with Dick and Bill Bernstein) for designing and developing the Mark IV Streamline Scoring System for motion picture music editing.

T Bone Burnett

RECENT SCORES: The prolific composer and producer, previously Oscar-nommed in ’04 for his “Cold Mountain” song “Scarlet Tide” (penned with Elvis Costello), won the trophy this year — along with Ryan Bingham — for their song “The Weary Kind” from “Crazy Heart.” And the 10-time Grammy winner, whose rootsy work has sparkled on such music-driven films as “Walk the Line” and “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” also shared a BAFTA nom with the late Stephen Bruton for “Crazy Heart.”

COMING UP: :Producing albums for Elton John and Leon Russell, Gregg Allman, Bingham, John Mellencamp and Costello. Collaborating with Mellencamp and Stephen King on a play, “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County.” Exec producer of upcoming TV series “Tough Trade.”

Alexandre Desplat

RECENT SCORES: The longtime Oscar fave was nommed again this year for “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” following noms in ’09 (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”) and ’07 (“The Queen”). All three films also earned him BAFTA noms, along with one in ’04 for “Girl With a Pearl Earring.” The busy composer, whose credits include “New Moon,” “Julie and Julia” and “The Ghost Writer,” says he likes to balance scoring “big epic films (he’s currently focused on “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”) with smaller, lower-budget films” such as “Tamara Drewe,” (which reunited him with “The Queen’s” Stephen Frears).

COMING UP:Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life,” Jerome Salle’s “The Burma Conspiracy” and the French romance “La fille du puisatier.”

Michael Giacchino

RECENT SCORES: After earning a 2008 Oscar nom for “Ratatouille,” Giacchino won the statue, along with BAFTA, Golden Globe and Grammy honors for his score to “Up.” The wins capped a hot two-year streak in which he also scored the “Star Trek” reboot and such zeitgeisty TV shows as “Lost” and “Fringe.” He also scored “Day and Night,” the acclaimed short screened with “Toy Story 3,” and served as music director for the 81st Academy Awards.

COMING UP: :“John Carter of Mars,” an action/adventure/fantasy pic that transports a Civil War vet to the red planet, skedded for a summer 2012 release.

Dennis Kirk
re-recording mixer, Todd-AO

RECENT SCORES: Kirk won Emmys in 2007 and 2009 for “Entourage,” sandwiching a nom he received for the series in 2008. He got his start working with artists such as T Bone Burnett, the Blasters, Warren Zevon and Jackson Browne, and has mixed four platinum-selling records. His TV credits include “Rescue Me,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “Supernatural” and “Thief.”

COMING UP: :Currently mixing “Big Love” and “Entourage” for HBO. “The guys in ‘Entourage’ are in so many situations,” notes Kirk. “They’re in clubs and at premieres. There are explosions and squealing tires. Our task is to create all that and help tell the story. It’s challenging, but rewarding.”

Paul N.J. Ottosson, left, & Ray Beckett, right

sound editing/sound mixing

RECENT SCORES: Ottosson won an Oscar for sound editing for “Hurt Locker.” The pair won a sound mixing Oscar for “Locker.” Duo also won the BAFTA (sharing with Craig Stauffer) and the CAS award for sound mixing for the film. Ottosson was also Oscar and BAFTA-nommed for “Spider-Man 2”; Beckett was BAFTA-nommed for “A Room With a View.” On “Locker,” the team had to re-create the gritty acoustics of the Iraq war as authentically as possible. Ottosson relied on recordings made in Jordan by Beckett, who caught the aural ambience of cities, the desert, roaming goats — “whatever he could get his hands on to capture the texture of everything and give me as much to work with as possible,” says Ottosson.

COMING UP: :Beckett’s projects include “Route Irish” and “Coriolanus.” Swedish-born Ottosson, whose credits include “Drag Me to Hell,” “Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius,” “The Scorpion King” and “S.W.A.T.,” most recently worked on “2012.”

Alan Rankin
supervising sound designer, Soundelux

RECENT SCORES: Received Oscar nom (shared with Mark Stoeckinger) for sound editing on “Star Trek.” Earlier multiple Golden Reel Award noms for two “Mission: Impossible” films, “The Day After Tomorrow,” “The Italian Job” and “The Last Samurai.”

COMING UP: :Sound design for “Alan Wake,” the well-reviewed psychological action thriller released by Microsoft Games. “Sound for games typically takes a slightly different approach from movies,” he notes. “There are no production sounds to reference, so you have to create everything. It was a big challenge to create a world of twisted reality.”

Profiles written by Iain Blair, David Cohen, Peter Debruge, Jack Egan, Marjorie Galas, Karen Idelson, Chris Morris and Bruce Shutan.

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