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Perhaps the biggest surprise of the Oscar weekend was delivered by a new release that was still in post production when the nominations were announced. While industry insiders were still partying after the ceremony, the unbelievable was happening in movie-houses across the US as Disneyâ€™s Alice in Wonderland smashed Avatarâ€™s previous record for a 3D launch by more than $25m.
What comes as no surprise is that once again the winning combination of DFC and 88RS was involved in the mixing. The soundtrack mix â€“ with Steve Boeddeker as sound designer and Tom Johnson, Michael Semanick and Greg P Russell as re-recording mixers â€“ took place at Disneyâ€™s DFC-equipped dubbing stage.
Meanwhile, two separate studios were involved in recording Danny Elfmanâ€™s score, with Peter Cobbin as score mixer and Dennis S Sands as music scoring mixer. The choir, conducted by Rick Wentworth, was recorded in London, at Air Lyndhurst, with the orchestral sessions, conducted by Pete Anthony, taking place at Sonyâ€™s Barbra Streisand Scoring Stage. Sony and Air are each home to a Neve 88RS with SP2 scoring panel and stem maker.