Cutters, Optimus, The Mill Among AICE Awards Winners

Cutters, Optimus, The Mill Among AICE Awards Winners

The AICE Award winners were honored last week and several local companies took home awards including Cutters, Optimus and The Mill.

Cutters' Grant Gustafson won for Broadcast Regional Campaign for his work for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois and Aika Miyake and Brian Broeckelman won for their charitable work for Bootstrap Villages in the Under $50,000 category.

Optimus' Lindsay Rynne won in the Social Media Campaign category for the Nike work "The Force is Female."

The Mill's Luke Morrison won in the Color Grading under 90 seconds category and Best of the Midwest for the Canadian Olympic Committee's "Be Olympic" and for Best of the Midwest for

Editor Jim Haygood of Union Editorial won the Best in Show at tonight’s 2018 AICE Awards for excellence in the post production arts. Hay-good was recognized for his work on “Web of Fries” for Taco Bell, a parody movie trailer for a thriller starring actor Josh Duhamel that promoted the brand’s introduction of its Nacho Fries product.

The spot, created by Deutsch, helped Haygood emerge as the most-awarded editor or post production artist at the show, winning four trophies: Best in Show, Best of West, Dialogue / Monologue / Spoken Word and Storytelling.

The second most-awarded at the show was Mark Grassia of Trident Post Production in Quincy, Massachusetts, who took home three AICE Awards, winning in the categories of Best of East, Digital Content – 90 Seconds or Under and Sound Design, all for Adidas’ “Form the Future,” a fast-paced, high-tech spot promoting the brand’s AdiZero sporting apparel for professional hockey.

The AICE Awards – now in its 17th year, but it’s first under the AICP banner – presented winners in 18 categories that honored the excellence and skill of the editor as well as nine craft categories which recognized artists in the disciplines of audio mixing, sound design, color grading, graphic design, visual effects and original music composition. In addition, Best of Chapter winners were also presented to the best work emanating from companies located in each AICP Chapter (East, Midwest, Minnesota, Southeast, South-west and West). To view the winning entries, go to http://www.awardcore.com/aice/winners/.

Also winning two AICE Awards was Editor Jeff Ferruzzo of Arcade Edit in Comedy for P&G’s “It’s a Tide Ad,” created by Saatchi & Saatchi, and shared the award for Broadcast National Campaign with Arcade Editors Kim Bica and Brad Waskewich for NBC’s “NBC Olympics.”

Overall, Arcade Edit was the most-represented company in the competition, with eight of its editors winning awards in five different categories: in addition to Haygood, Bica, Ferruzzo and Waskewich, other winners were Ali Mao in Fashion / Beauty for “Active Lifestyle Essentials” for Clinique; Greg Scruton in Music Video for Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble;” and Graham Chisholm, Geoff Hounsell and Paul Martinez in Online Cam-paign for Activision’s “Reassemble.”

Work from the VFX artists and colorists at The Mill earned a total of four AICE Awards: in addition to Morrison’s winners, Colorist Gregory Reese won in Color Grading – Music Video for Portugal.The Man and the company won in the Visual Effects category for its work on Monster.com’s “Opportunity Roars.”

Three editors were posthumously inducted into the AICE Hall of Fame at the awards presentation. Michael Bartoli of Hybrid Edit, Chris Hafner of Cutters and Eric Zum-brunnen of Exile were all honored for their bodies of work and contributions to the in-dustry. The awards presentation was dedicated to their memory and to several other members of the L.A. post community who’ve passed away, including Linda Carlson and Angela Dorian of Rock Paper Scissors; Mary O’Gara, a producer and EP who worked at several VFX and post companies; and Daniel Spencer, an editor at Hybrid Edit.

Also, the winners of the 2017 International Camp Kuleshov trailer competition for assis-tants were saluted for their achievements. They included Alex Heisterkamp of Lucky Post in Dallas, Jordan Stalling of Particle Audio in Chicago and Thom Reimerink of jumP in L.A.

Commenting on the quality of the work seen in the category winners, Editor Jen Dean of Consulate, a member of the awards’ Curatorial Committee, says “I feel it’s only getting stronger and more complex as our industry produces so much content in varying lengths. This gives editors, colorists, sound mixers, VFX artists and others working in post so many ways to stretch their creative legs.”

Regarding the Best in Show winner, Akiko Iwakawa, Editor/Partner at Cut + Run and also a member of the Curatorial Committee, says it impressed the jury by hitting on al-most all cylinders. “This one came in a head above all other work,” she explains. “Great performance and dialogue editing, hilarious timings, creative transitions, great sounds and mood – definitely a great achievement by the editor to bring all these elements to-gether to successfully deliver this rather complex ad, using the premise of a “thriller” trailer spoof, but at the same time telling the story of the ‘fake’ movie, all while keeping me smiling the whole way through.”

Adds Dean, “Even after many viewings it was difficult to pick out any flaws. The timing was impeccable, and this included not only the picture edit, but the use of sound and music, the dialogue editing, the speed ramps and just how perfectly it spoofed the tradi-tional trailer. The idea was obviously so fun, but I felt the editor combined so many dif-ferent editing skills to create such a perfect piece of storytelling.

“As judges, we’re really focused on how much the post production contributed to the process, and in this case, it seemed on multiple levels you could feel the hand of the edi-tor,” she continued. “Ultimately it was the timing that created the drama; there wasn't one skill dominating, all had equal footing and it was just perfect!”

Full List of Winners:

BEST IN SHOW

Jim Haygood, Union Editorial

Taco Bell

“Web of Fries”

AUDIO MIX

Steve Rosen, Sonic Union

Adidas Originals

“Original Is Never Finished 3”

AUTOMOTIVE

Biff Butler, Rock Paper Scissors

BMW

“Road Home”

CAUSE MARKETING

Aaron Langley & Tessa Davis, Cosmo Street Editorial

Burger King

“Bullying Jr.”

COLOR GRADING (90 Seconds or Under)

Luke Morrison, The Mill

Canadian Olympic Committee

“Be Olympic”

COLOR GRADING (Over 90 Seconds)

Sofie Borup, Company 3

P&G | My Black is Beautiful

“The Talk”

COLOR GRADING (Music Video)

Gregory Reese, The Mill

Portugal. The Man

“Feel It Still”

COMEDY

Jeff Ferruzzo, Arcade Edit

Procter & Gamble

“It’s a Tide Ad”

CONTENT PROMOTION AND TRAILERS

Olivier Wicki, BlueRock

Lifetime

“Glam Masters”

DIALOGUE / MONOLOGUE / SPOKEN WORD

Jim Haygood, Union Editorial

Taco Bell

“Web of Fries”

DIGITAL CONTENT (90 Seconds or Under)

Mark Grassia, Trident Post Production

Adidas

“Form the Future”

DIGITAL CONTENT (Over 90 Seconds)

Ricardo Lopez, Postal

Gillette

“Handle With Care”

DOCU-STYLE

Susan Munro, Hybrid Edit

UPS

“Girl Powered”

FASHION/BEAUTY

Ali Mao, Arcade Edit

Clinique

“Active Lifestyle Essentials”

INTEGRATION OF LICENSED MUSIC

Adam Bazadona, Cut + Run

Sonos

“From Screentime to Dinnertime”

LICENSED SOUNDTRACK OR ARRANGEMENT

Jens Schliecker, Yessian Music

Porsche

“Porsche Highspeed Orchestra”

MONTAGE

Jamie Foord, Rock Paper Scissors

S7

“I Am You”

MOTION DESIGN & GRAPHICS

Ivan Girard, Method

Motionpoems.org

“Monsters”

MUSIC VIDEO

Greg Scruton, Arcade Edit

Kendrick Lamar

“Humble”

BROADCAST NATIONAL CAMPAIGN

Kim Bica, Jeff Ferruzzo & Brad Waskewich, Arcade Edit

NBC

“NBC Olympics”

ONLINE CAMPAIGN

Graham Chisholm, Geoff Hounsell & Paul Martinez, Arcade Edit

Activision

“Reassemble”

ORIGINAL MUSIC

Naren Rauch, COPILOT Strategic Music + Sound

State Street Global Advisors

“Fearless Girl”

BROADCAST REGIONAL CAMPAIGN

Grant Gustafson, Cutters

Blue Cross Blue Shield

“Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois”

SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN

Lindsay Rynne, Optimus

Nike

“The Force Is Female”

SOUND DESIGN

Mark Grassia, Trident Post Production

Adidas

“Form the Future”

STORYTELLING

Jim Haygood, Union Editorial

Taco Bell

“Web Of Fries”

UNDER $50,000

Aika Miyake & Brian Broeckelman, Cutters

Bootstrap Villages

“Bootstrap Villages”

VISUAL EFFECTS

The Mill

Monster.com

“Opportunity Roars”

BEST OF EAST

Mark Grassia, Trident Post Production

Sound Design

Adidas

“Form the Future”

BEST OF MIDWEST

Luke Morrison, The Mill

Color Grading - 90 Seconds and Under

Canadian Olympic Committee

“Be Olympic”

BEST OF MINNESOTA

Brett Astor, Channel Z

Dialogue / Monologue / Spoken Word

Angie’s Kettle Corn

“Crush It”

BEST OF SOUTHEAST

Jason Painter, Beast

Montage

Coca Cola

“My Generation”

BEST OF SOUTHWEST

Jack Waldrip, charlieuniformtango

Digital Content – Over 90 Seconds

Universal Orlando

“The Mourning After”

BEST OF WEST

Jim Haygood, Union Editorial

Dialogue / Monologue / Spoken Word; Storytelling

Taco Bell

“Web Of Fries”