SAE is no stranger to BAFTA success - indeed, it was only two years ago that past students Billy Butler and Niv Adiri took home the coveted prize for Gravity.
Now audio alumnus Niv Adiri (pictured 2nd from left) will return to the red carpet again, after being nominated yesterday for Best Sound in J. K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Speaking to SAE, Niv said:
"I was very surprised! I started receiving texts while I was driving to work, I had no idea... I am obviously very happy, it was a fun project to work on."
Niv studied Audio at SAE before working as a sound designer and mixer for major titles, including: Slumdog Millionaire, The Theory of Everything, Gravity and Steve Jobs.
In 2014 he was given his first Oscar and BAFTA nod, after working for three years to create sound that mimicked the open void of space. This included creating an entire new sampler program for director Alfonso Cuarón.
After winning his Academy Award, Niv Adiri said:
“It was an honor to hold the statue. When I heard my name, I couldn’t believe it. I couldn't describe the feeling. The movie was so different and so unique, that it gave us a certain edge. In space there is no sound so that made my work a little different... the sound needed to add to the movie in a different way, and I think we definitely achieved that."
Denis Villeneuve’s lyrical sci-fi title Arrival, musical Romance La La Land, Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge and disaster story Deepwater Horizon were also nominated by the British Academy for Best Sound.
This year’s prizes will be unveiled on 12 February, during a ceremony hosted by Stephen Fry.
The Oscars follow a fortnight later, on 26 February.
SAE Would like to wish Niv and his team all the best during awards season.