AES Los Angeles Section and SMPTE Hollywood Section to Showcase Sound for Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man™: Into the Spider-Verse at January Meeting

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Section of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and the Hollywood Section of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®) will host a joint meeting this month exploring sound production for Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation’s Golden Globe®-winning feature film Spider-Man™: Into the Spider-Verse. The meeting is slated for Thursday, January 31 at the Sony Pictures Studio lot in Culver City, California.

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man™ Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. Spider-Man™: Into the Spider-Verse introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask. In addition to the Golden Globe® win, the film has received broad critical acclaim, including a New York Film Critics Circle win for “Best Animated Feature” and a Los Angeles Film Critics Association win for “Best Animation.”


The meeting will begin with a panel discussion followed by a screening of the feature film. Panelists will include Supervising Sound Editors Geoffrey Rubay and Curt Schulkey, Re-Recording Mixers Tony Lamberti and Michael Semanick, and Associate Editor (Picture) Vivek Sharma. Carolyn Giardina of The Hollywood Reporter will moderate the discussion. (Participants subject to change.)

The meeting will be held in Sony Pictures’ Kim Novak Theatre. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the one-hour panel discussion beginning at 7:30 p.m., followed by the screening.

Individual reservations are required for any person entering the Sony Pictures Studio lot. No one under the age of 18 will be allowed.  There will be no exceptions to these requirements. Please make your reservation and company affiliation at


Geoffrey Rubay (supervising sound editor) has  worked in motion picture and television sound for more than 20 years. His more than 100 credits include Spider-Man™: Into the Spider-Verse, 22 Jump Street, Hotel Transylvania, The Brink and Mad Men. He is the winner of two Primetime Emmy® Awards for The Life and Death of Peter Sellers and And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself. In addition, he has received 11 Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) Golden Reel Award nominations. Whether working as an editor, designer, supervisor or re-recording mixer, Rubay always welcomes a new artistic challenge.

Curt Schulkey (supervising sound editor) has more than 100 feature film credits as an editor, supervising editor and/or re-recording mixer. He is known for dialogue and ADR editing, and creature/character development. He has created vocal personalities for dogs, elephants, horses, robots, apes, aliens and even humans. His notable credits include The Empire Strikes Back, The Iron Giant, Insomnia, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Fifth Element, Sicario and Mad Max: Fury Road. He earned an Emmy® Award for his work on the television mini-series John Adams. Schulkey teaches a course in post-production sound at the School of Film and Television at Loyola Marymount University.

Tony Lamberti (re-recording mixer) has worked in motion picture and television sound for more than 30 years. He is a two-time Emmy® Award winner and earned an Academy Award® nomination for Inglourious Basterds. After earning a degree in music production and engineering from Berklee College of Music, Lamberti began his career as a sound editor in Hollywood. He later joined Soundelux, where he became a sound designer, and then spent 12 years at Todd-AO as a re-recording mixer. His Emmy® Awards came for the long-form television projects John Adams (2008) and And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (2003).

Michael Semanick (re-recording mixer) is a two-time Academy Award®-winning re-recording mixer. He won Oscars in 2003 for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and in 2005 for King Kong. He has nine additional Oscar® nominations. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Semanick spent 15 years on staff at Skywalker Sound. He has worked independently for the past 20 years.

Vivek Sharma (associate editor) has worked in the entertainment industry for 18 years and in animation editorial for more than 14 years, serving as an assistant editor, associate editor and editor.  His notable credits include Curious George, The Simpsons Movie, Monsters vs Aliens, Rise of the Guardians and Captain Underpants.


Carolyn Giardina is tech editor at The Hollywood ReporterShe also writes its Behind the Screen blog and hosts its recently-launched Behind the Screen weekly podcast series. In December, Giardina was recognized with the Advanced Imaging Society’s Distinguished Leadership Lumiere Award. Her activities have included serving on the Hollywood Professional Association board of directors and co-founding the HPA Awards.

The meeting is produced by Richard A. Wollrich for the AES Los Angeles Section and Linda Rosner on behalf of the SMPTE Hollywood Section.

What: AES, Los Angeles Section, and SMPTE Hollywood Section, Joint Meeting

Topic: Sound for Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man™: Into the Spider-Verse

When: Tuesday, January 31, 2019, 6:00 p.m. — Reception, 7:30 p.m. — Panel Discussion, 8:30 p.m. — Screening

Where: Sony Pictures Studios, Kim Novak Theatre, 10202 West Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232

Reservations for all persons, including guests, are required—no exceptions—for entry to the AES/SMPTE event on the Sony Pictures Studio lot. Parking is on the lot and free.


About Spider-Man™: Into the Spider-Verse
Columbia Pictures presents in association with Marvel an Avi Arad/Lord Miller/Pascal Pictures production a Sony Pictures Animation film, Spider-Man™: Into the Spider-Verse. Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman, the screenplay is by Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman from a story by Phil Lord based on the Marvel Comics. The film is produced by Avi Arad, Amy Pascal, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller and Christina Steinberg. Stan Lee, Brian Michael Bendis and Will Allegra serve as executive producers. The film features the voices of Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Luna Lauren Velez, Zoë Kravitz, John Mulaney, Kimiko Glenn with Nicolas Cage, Kathryn Hahn and Liev Schreiber.

About the Audio Engineering Society
The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 and now counts over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. Currently, its members are affiliated with more than 75 AES professional sections and more than 95 AES student sections around the world. Section activities may include guest speakers, technical tours, demonstrations and social functions. Through local AES section events, members experience valuable opportunities for professional networking and personal growth. More information at

About the SMPTE® Hollywood Section

The Hollywood Section of SMPTE® was initially organized as the West Coast Section in 1928. Today, as its own SMPTE Region, it encompasses more than 1,200 SMPTE Members with a common interest in motion-imaging technology in the Greater Los Angeles area. The Hollywood Section offers free meetings monthly that are open to SMPTE Members and non-members alike. Information about meetings is posted on the Section website at

About SMPTE®

For more than a century, the people of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, or SMPTE (pronounced “simp-tee”), have sorted out the details of many significant advances in media and entertainment technology, from the introduction of “talkies” and color television to HD and UHD (4K, 8K) TV. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has received an Oscar® and multiple Emmy® Awards for its work in advancing moving-imagery engineering across the industry. SMPTE has developed thousands of standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines, more than 800 of which are currently in force today. SMPTE Time Code™ and the ubiquitous SMPTE Color Bars™ are just two examples of SMPTE’s notable work. Now in its second century, SMPTE is shaping the next generation of standards and providing education for the industry to ensure interoperability as the industry evolves further into IT- and IP-based workflows.

SMPTE is a global professional association of technologists and creatives who drive the quality and evolution of motion imaging. Its membership today includes more than 7,000 individuals: motion-imaging executives, creatives, technologists, researchers, and students who volunteer their time and expertise to SMPTE’s standards development and educational initiatives. A partnership with the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) connects SMPTE and its membership with the businesses and individuals who support the creation and finishing of media content. Information on joining SMPTE is available at

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