Letter from the President
Members of the Motion Picture Sound Editors,
I am grateful to have been elected the new president of the Motion Picture Sound Editors.
I must thank our outgoing president Mr. Tom McCarthy for his leadership and friendship over the past four years as well as the dedication of himself and the resources he brought to the table to elevate the MPSE and our events to a new level.
One of my goals for the MPSE is involvement. I would like people who have been in the MPSE to get involved on our board of directors, or as a volunteer to help us in the office or with events. Please get in touch with me, or the MPSE office and let us know that you would like to be involved and we will figure out a way. This is an organization of volunteers.
I am starting a membership drive. Our numbers are great, but I know that we can be better with more quality members. There are editors who have gotten nominated or even won a Golden Reel Award, but not applied for membership in the MPSE. This situation always made me wonder how someone could covet the award, but not want to be a member. Please take the time download our membership form and apply immediately. You will be glad you did. You will be a part of the premier organization in recognizing and promoting the craft of sound editing. You also get MPSE discounts as well as screeners and a list of other perks. You also get the honor of putting the initials MPSE after your name. I remember when I first joined, I was so proud to be a member of this elite group of the world’s best editors. I make a special effort to this day of putting MPSE in all my credits.
International participation and events are on the radar now. We have started events for our international members and we want to have more. If you are an international member and wish to help us with these, we are forming committees to start planning “sound advice” events in several countries, please let us know ASAP.
We will be planning more small local events to get our membership together and networking. I feel that networking is vital in our industry and will be glad to help facilitate more of it. Not just at awards shows, but more casual meet-ups.
I am humbled and honored to take the reins of the MPSE. I hope to advance our profile while serving all of our members of the Motion Picture Sound Editors as well as our board.
Mark A. Lanza, M.P.S.E.