Burnley company's big part in movie's historic Oscars success

A Burnley company is proving to be the soundtrack for success with yet another huge Oscar winner benefiting from its equipment.

Monday, 17th February 2020, 11:46 am
Updated Monday, 17th February 2020, 11:51 am
TOPSHOT - South Korean director Bong Joon-ho accepts the award for Best International Feature Film for "Parasite" during the 92nd Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on February 9, 2020. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo by MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images)

'Parasite', which made history when it became the first non-English language film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, utilised AMS Neve, manufactured in Burnley, for its sound.

AMS Neve consoles also contributed to the success of Disney Pixar’s ‘Toy Story 4’, which took home Best Animated Film, and Sam Mendes’ First World War epic ‘1917’, which won an Oscar for Sound Mixing.

Liz Wilkinson, communications manager for AMS Neve, based in Billington Road, said: "We are very proud that the soundtracks and music of many of this year’s award winners has been produced on equipment designed and made entirely in Burnley.

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AMS Neve founder Mark Crabtree at one of the consoles

"Over the past few years it’s become a regular season for people around the town to ask us how we are faring in the Oscar stakes – and once again for 2020, it’s great news.”

Parasite's sound was mixed on two AMS Neve consoles – the DFC3D and Genesys – at LiveTone studios in South Korea.

Meanwhile, another celebrated film release of 2019, the Elton John biopic ‘Rocketman’, saw the singer and songwriting partner Bernie Taupin win the Oscar for Best Original Song, ‘I’m Gonna Love Me Again’, which was recorded and mixed on an AMS Neve 88RS flagship console at the world-famous AIR Studios.

The Beatles' legendary producer Sir George Martin with the 88R console at AIR Studios in London