Hollywood Post Alliance hands out tech honors

'Avengers,' 'Game of Thrones' among kudos winners

The 2011 skew is due in part to HPA’s eligibility period, which begins Sept. 7, 2011 and cuts off at Sept. 10, 2012, leaving out a number of this year’s below-the-line award contenders.

“The Avengers” was the sole 2012 film to nab an award from the Hollywood Post Alliance as the org held its 7th annual kudofest Thursday night at the Skirball Cutural Center in Los Angeles.

Disney/Marvel’s superhero team-up tentpole took top honors for compositing. The other feature categories went to 2011 releases: “The Iron Lady” (color grading using a DI process), “Hugo” (editing), and “The Adventures of Tin Tin” (sound).

TV kudos went to shows with elaborate settings, whether they be the fantastical (“Game of Thrones” for color grading, “Grimm” for sound) or a period piece (“Downton Abbey” for editing). “NCIS” grabbed the win for compositing.

Ray Dolby of Dolby Laboratories was honored with the Charles S. Swartz Award. Also honored that night were engineering excellence honorees Cinnafilm (Tachyon), Crossroads Systems (StrongBox), Dolby Laboratories (the Atmos sound format), and Sony Electronics (the F65 Camera). Gradient Interactive was given the HPA Judges Award for Sandbox.

Complete list of winners:

Outstanding Color Grading – Sponsored by Dolby Laboratories

Outstanding Color Grading using a DI process – Feature Film
“The Iron Lady”
Rob Pizzey // Company 3

Outstanding Color Grading – Television
“Game of Thrones – The Prince of Winterfell”
Joe Finley // Modern VideoFilm

Outstanding Color Grading – Commercial
Chrysler “Halftime in America”
Siggy Ferstl // Company 3

Outstanding Editing – Sponsored by Avid Technology

Outstanding Editing – Feature Film
Thelma Schoonmaker, A.C.E. // Sikelia Productions

Outstanding Editing – Television
“Downton Abbey – Series 2 Episode 7”
John Wilson, A.C.E. // Carnival Film & Television

Outstanding Editing – Commercial
MasterCard “Tango”
Chris Franklin // Big Sky Editorial

Outstanding Sound – Feature Film
“The Adventures of Tin Tin”
Chris Ward, Brent Burge, Michael Hedges, Christopher Boyes and Andy Nelson // Park Road Post Production

Outstanding Sound – Television
“Grimm – Pilot”
Mark Lanza, Larry Mann, Alan Decker and Nello Torri // Universal Sound

Outstanding Sound – Commercial
Nissan Leaf “Gas Powered Everything”
Jimmy Hite // Margarita Mix Santa Monica

Outstanding Compositing – Feature Film
“Marvel’s The Avengers”
Nelson Sepulveda, Alan Travis, Peter Demarest and Chris Bayz // Industrial Light & Magic

Outstanding Compositing – Television
“NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service – Rekindled”
Bob Minshall, Mark Intravartolo, Jeremy Jozwik and Carrie Smith // Encore

Outstanding Compositing – Commercial
Chevy “2012 Silverado”
Benjamin Walsh, Dominik Bauch and Nicholas Kim // Method Studios

A number of special awards, which had been announced earlier, were bestowed during the evening including:

Charles S. Swartz Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Post Production:
• Ray Dolby, Dolby Laboratories

Engineering Excellence Award:
• Cinnafilm – Tachyon™
• Crossroads Systems – StrongBox
• Dolby Laboratories – Dolby® Atmos™
• Sony Electronics – F65 Camera

HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production:
• Gradient Interactive – Sandbox