When Academy Award-nominated Supervising Sound Editor Wylie Statemen sought a field recorder capable of providing the superior sonic quality needed to capture background and sound effects for Quentin Tarantinos Academy Award-nominated film Sound Devices 788T digital audio recorder. Stateman, who has been recognized in the Sound Editing category for
With more than 30 years of motion picture experience, Stateman has a high set of standards when it comes to choosing gear for his film projects. The industry veteran bases his selection on sonic quality, robustness of build and reliability. As he typically works in run-and-gun-type recording environments, he also looks for small, lightweight equipment. According to Stateman, Although mobility is very important, there is no substitute for sonic integrity and reliability. Year after year we compare Sound Devices with other machinery and for several years now, the Sound Devices family of recorders has proven to be the best. Sound Devices equipment will continue to be a part of our field reconnaissance.
For Django Unchained, Stateman used the 788T to record atmosphere, background, sound effects and samples for the films sound design needs. We traveled to some pretty harsh environments, including Monument Valley and Death Valley, in order to capture authentic sounds for the film, says Stateman. I would say the majority of the post-production sound in Django Unchained for an Academy Award in a total of five categories, including Sound Editing, Best Picture, Original Screenplay, Actor in a Supporting Role and Cinematography. The film is also up for several British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards, including a nod to Stateman and the audio team in the sound category. Additionally, the Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards nominated the film in the Best Sound Editing: Sound Effects and Foley category.
Throughout his illustrious career, Stateman has been nominated for multiple industry awards, including six Academy Awards, four BAFTA Awards and 15 Motion Picture Sound Editor Awards. Stateman won the 1993 BAFTA Award for Best Sound for his work on Inglorious Bastards (2010), Born on the Fourth of July (1990). Stateman is also the co-founder of the post-production sound services company Soundelux.
Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, and acoustical test and measurement applications. The fourteen-year old company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, .