Recording and Studio
Fostex are delighted to congratulate sound mixer Chris Munro on his being awarded the Academy Award for Best Motion Picture Sound on the film Black Hawk Down. Chris picked up the coveted award at the 74th Annual Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles along with fellow collaborators Michael Minkler and Myron Nettinga.
Chris recorded Black Hawk Down on Fostex PD-4 Portable Timecode DAT machines and was in fact one of the first sound mixers to own a machine. His long-term collaboration and association with Fostex over the years has led to enhancements such as event numbers in the timecode user bit being developed for the PD-4, which enabled him to pioneer the 'magless dailies' process.
Chris has recorded many top-name feature films with his PD-4s over the years including Judge Dredd, Event Horizon, Emma, 102 Dalmatians, Chocolat, Lara Croft:Tomb Raider as well as the last two Bond movies Tomorrow Never Dies and The World Is Not Enough, and The Mummy for which he also received an Academy Award Nomination for Best Motion Picture Sound in 1999.
Currently working on set of the latest Bond movie "Die Another Day", Chris is again at the forefront of location sound recording utilising five of the new Fostex DV40 DVD-RAM 4 track machines to record audio directly to non-linear DVD-RAM and also to provide original digital audio in the screening theatres at Pinewood Film Studios and on location with a portable projection system. Working together closely on the software development for the DV40, Chris and Fostex have set new benchmarks on major features by near instant import and export of audio to and from Avid Film Composer removing the necessity for the production to transfer audio to expensive magnetic film stock.