Students Honored by MPSE and CAS for Their Work in Sound Editing and Sound Mixing

By in Audio Post, Education, Pro Mixing

This Awards season, Avid was excited to once again support the Motion Pictures Sound Editors (MPSE) and Cinema Audio Society (CAS) as they honored student filmmakers at their annual award ceremonies – the 65th Annual MPSE Golden Reel Awards on Sunday, February 18 and 54th Annual CAS Awards on Saturday, February 24.

Committed to preparing the next generation of sound editors and mixers, Avid was proud to sponsor both the MPSE Verna Fields Award for Student Filmmakers and CAS Student Recognition Award – which both recognize high quality sound in student film projects.

To kick off “Awards Week” Avid put on a Tips & Tricks event at the official CAS & MPSE Student luncheon & screening event, held Friday, February 16 for all of the Student Award Nominees:


CAS Student Recognition Award Nominees

  • Xiang Li – Chapman University
  • Haley Bowers – Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Brendan Gates – Loyola Marymount University
  • Danielle Price – Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Anna Wozniewicz – Chapman University


MPSE Verna Fields Award for Student Film Makers

  • Mark Bailey – National Film and Television School
  • Yi Ming Zhou & Amanda Niles – Loyola Marymount University
  • Thomas Blazukas – National Film and Television School
  • Sam Boulton – National Film and Television School
  • Mogan Muse – National Film and Television School

The event, hosted by MPSE President Tom McCarthy, was held at Sony Pictures Entertainment and featured Will Files, an award-winning Re-recording Mixer and Sound Designer known for his work on War for the Planet of the Apes, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Fantastic Four, and Star Trek: Into Darkness.  Files answered questions about his workflow, broke down a few scenes, and shared advice for pursuing a career in audio post.

Avid Solutions Specialist Ozzie Sutherland was also on hand to discuss the world of sound for film and TV and share a few Pro Tools tips with the up-and-coming filmmakers. The MPSE Chairmen of the Blue Ribbon Panel for the Verna Fields Award, Glenn T. Morgan and Mandell Winter, as well as CAS Board Member for Post Production Bob Bronow, also joined for the festivities.

Following the presentations and lunch, students were each awarded their own copy of Pro Tools to help them continue with their success. Students then wrapped the afternoon with a tour of the Studio and screenings of the MPSE nominated films.

On Sunday, February 18, more than 1000 post directors, mixers, editors and guests gathered at the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles for the Golden Reel Awards to recognize the year’s best achievements in sound editing for feature film, TV, animation and web-based productions.

Avid’s Ozzie Sutherland was also in attendance to present the Verna Fields Award in Sound Editing. This award, which recognizes high-quality and imaginative sound editing in student film and video projects, also includes the Ethel Crutcher Scholarship in the amount of $1500. This year the honor went to Thomas Blazukas. Congratulations Thomas!

Later that week, a more intimate group of 400 gathered at the OMNI Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza for the CAS Awards to recognize the year’s top sound mixers in film and television. During the evening, Xiang Li from Chapman University received the CAS Student Recognition Award and was presented with a check for $2500.


This award is based on the recommendation of an instructor or professor and on the student’s accomplishments, enthusiasm, and demonstrated potential in the field of sound mixing and/or sound recording for film and television. Having been nominated last year as well, Xiang was incredibly emotional upon winning this year. We were so excited to have been part of her journey two years in a row!

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