Whiplash - Sound
Being called crazy for accepting the job of sound production mixer on Whiplash only spurred Thomas Curley on. Still he did get increasingly nervous, when reading through the script and finding more and more scenes involving thrown objects, shouting, music and dialogue, all at the same time.
Curley studied engineering, film and video production before graduating with a BA in Film Studies at the University of Buffalo. After years of broadcast engineering for Fox and NBC affiliates, and some production assistant work, while working as a PA on Dreamworks' "The Time Machine" in Troy, NY, he knew sound was his calling. Six months later, Curley moved to Los Angeles to pursue production sound full time.
Already having bagged a Bafta, this Oscar nomination is set to open a lot of doors for Curley, who says that moving to LA was the smartest thing he's ever done.
No matter what the future holds, the 19 days of shooting Whiplash with incredible talent like J.K. Simmons, the occasional comical moments that involved Miles Teller being slapped round the face and the sheer talent of the crew will certainly leave a lasting impression on Curley.
Also nominated in the category of Best Sound Mixing:
Birdman (Or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)