|First Prize: Thomas Cassetta
A production sound/re-recording mixer and owner of Scopic Productions in Los Angeles, Cassetta focuses on bridging the creative gap between production and post-production. He accomplishes this by working through the technical aspect of the craft and engaging his clients at the heart of their story — whether it’s narrative, commercial, documentary, podcasts or standup comedy.
“Producing sound is no longer a compartmentalized process; delivering numerous formats with a single master mix requires precision and reliability,” he says. “NUGEN’s tools provide this in spades, while also employing a beautiful GUI that allows the sound artist to focus on the creative choices from moment to moment. At Scopic, ISL 2 is patched in on every physical and virtual output and mix bus in Pro Tools, followed by VisLM 2 on every Mix and PM stem. This allows for instant access to trustworthy analysis at any point in the process. Additionally, Halo Upmix provides creative spatial opportunities, while Halo Downmix translates our multichannel master mixes into every down-chain deliverable without worrying about phase. We also recently employed Paragon on our narrative template due to its incredible flexibility and natural, emotional response.”