In 2018, Audio Forum finally got the chance to seriously brag about its programming. We hosted a talk by an Academy Award winner - Mark Mangini, who won Best Sound Editing for Mad Max: Fury Road in 2015, along with David White.
How to win an Academy Award? Well, something like this: Mark has about 125 films under his belt, he designed sound for Leo the lion found in MGM logo screens, has had 5 previous Academy Award nominations, was willing to sit in a freezer for 12 hours straight for 7 days just to record 5 minutes of penguin squawks.
About Mark's previous Academy Award nominations, here's the info: 1986. – Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, 1992. – Aladdin, 1997. – The Fifth Element, 2015. – Mad Max: Fury Road, 2017. – Blade Runner 2049.
Mark's two and a half hour-long lecture was attended by about 70 people in one (confined) space, completely breathless. We believe that on that cold November evening everybody left the lecture never to be the same, more aware of what it takes to be top-notch in what you do.