Hollywood Post Alliance ® Announces 2015 Award Winners


Last Updated: November 16, 2015 11:17 pm GMT
(Los Angeles, California--November 16, 2015) HPA Awards Honors Artists and Innovators at 10th Anniversary Gala. The Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) has unveiled the winners of the 10th Annual HPA Awards this evening at a gala celebration held at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.  The HPA Awards recognize individuals and companies for outstanding contributions made in the creation of feature films, television, commercials, and entertainment content enjoyed around the world.

Honors were bestowed in craft categories honoring behind the scenes artistry, Engineering Excellence, and Creativity and Innovation.  Leon D. Silverman, a founder and current president of the HPA, was the recipient of the prestigious HPA Lifetime Achievement Award.

The winners of the 2015 HPA Awards are:

Outstanding Color Grading – Sponsored by Dolby

Outstanding Color Grading – Feature Film



Steven J. Scott // Technicolor



Charles Boileau // Post-Moderne

“Lady of Csejte”

Keith Roush // Roush Media

“The Boxtrolls”

John Daro // FotoKem


Natasha Leonnet // Modern VideoFilm

Outstanding Color Grading – Television


“Boardwalk Empire
Golden Days for Boys and Girls”

John Crowley // Technicolor PostWorks NY


“Game of Thrones – Hardhome”

Joe Finley // Chainsaw, Inc.

“Masters of Sex – A Parliament of Owls”

Matt Lear // Sony Pictures Television

“Olive Kitteridge – Incoming Tide”

Pankaj Bajpai // Encore

“Sense8 – What’s Going On?”

Tony Dustin // Technicolor

Outstanding Color Grading – Commercial  


Lincoln – “Intro”

Tom Poole // Company 3


Caterpillar – “Lantern Festival”

Rob Sciarratta // Company 3

Dodge – “Wisdom”

Beau Leon // Company 3

Lexus – “Face Off”

Dave Hussey // Company 3

Toyota – “Harrier”

Siggy Ferstl // Company 3

Outstanding Editing – Sponsored by Blackmagic Design

Outstanding Editing – Feature Film



Tom Cross, ACE


“American Sniper”

Joel Cox, ACE; Gary Roach, ACE


Lee Smith, ACE


Spencer Averick

“The Imitation Game”

William Goldenberg, ACE

Outstanding Editing – Television


“Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways – Nashville”

Kristin McCasey // Therapy Studios


“VICE on HBO – Cold War 2.0”

Rich Lowe

“Game of Thrones – Hardhome”

Tim Porter // Beyond the Wall Productions, Inc.

“House of Cards – Chapter 32”

Cindy Mollo, ACE // Netflix

“Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways – Austin”

Scott D. Hanson // Therapy Studios

Outstanding Editing – Commercial


GNP Seguros – “World Cup”

Doobie White // Therapy Studios


Fiat – “Alive”

Kristin McCasey // Therapy Studios

Adidas – “Takers”

Steve Gandolfi // Cut+Run

Google – “Young Together”

Miky Wolf // Big Sky Edit

Skullcandy – “Push Play”

Doobie White // Therapy Studios

Outstanding Sound

Outstanding SoundFeature Film


“American Sniper”

Alan Murray, Tom Ozanich, John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff // Warner Bros. Post Production Services



Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montano, Martin Hernandez, Aaron Glascock // NBCUniversal StudioPost


Richard King, Gary Rizzo, Gregg Landaker, Mark Weingarten // Warner Bros. Post Production Services


Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montano, Becky Sullivan, Andrew DeCristofaro // NBCUniversal StudioPost

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

Mark Mangini, Scott Hecker // Formosa Group

Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff // Warner Bros. Post Production Services

Outstanding Sound – Television



Nello Torri, Alan Decker // NBCUniversal StudioPost

Craig Dellinger // Sony Sound Services


“Banshee – You Can’t Hide from the Dead”

Bradley North, Joseph DeAngelis, Ken Kobett, Tiffany Griffith, David Werntz // Technicolor

“Black Sails – XVIII”

Benjamin Cook, Stefan Hendrix, Jeffrey Pitts, Sue Cahill, Onnalee Blank, Mathew Waters // Starz

“Game of Thrones – Hardhome”

Tim Kimmel, Paula Fairfield, Bradley Katona, Paul Bercovitch, Onnalee Blank, Mathew Waters // Formosa Group

“Halt and Catch Fire – SETI”

Sue Cahill, Keith Rogers, Scott Weber, Jane Boegel, Mark Cleary, Kevin McCullough // NBCUniversal StudioPost

Outstanding Sound – Commercial 


The Syria Campaign – “In Reverse”

Jon Clarke // Factory


Honda – “The Other Side”

Tom Joyce, Anthony Moore // Factory

Prada – “The Battlefield”

Miky Wolf // Big Sky Edit

Volvo – “The Swell”

Aaron Reynolds // Wave Studios

Medicontour – “Bi-Flex 1.8″

Phil Bolland // Factory

Outstanding Visual Effects – Sponsored by Canon

Outstanding Visual Effects – Feature Film


“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”

Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, R. Christopher White, Matt Aitken // Weta Digital



Craig Hammack, Eddie Pasquarello, Francois Lambert, Maia Kayser, Barry Williams // Industrial Light & Magic


Ara Khanikian, Sebastien Moreau, Sebastien Francoeur, Patrick David, Laurent Spillemaecker // Rodeo FX

“Into the Woods”

Matt Johnson, Christian Irles, Daniel Tarmy, Nicolas Chevallier, Benoit Dubuc // MPC

“Jurassic World”

Tim Alexander, Glen McIntosh, Tony Plett, Kevin Martel, Martyn Culpitt // Industrial Light & Magic

Outstanding Visual Effects – Television


“Game of Thrones
The Dance of Dragons”

Joe Bauer, Steve Kullback, Derek Spears, Eric Carney, Jabbar Raisani // Fire and Blood Productions


“Marvel’s Agent Carter – Now Is Not The End”

Sheena Duggal, Richard Bluff, Jay Mehta, Chad Taylor, Cody Gramstad // Industrial Light & Magic

“Black Sails – XVIII”

Erik Henry // Starz

Ken Jones // Digital Domain

Nic Spier // Shade FX

Christina Spring, Bjorn Ahlstedt // Crazy Horse Effects

“Ripper Street – Whitechapel Terminus”

Ed Bruce, Nicolas Murphy, John O’Connell, Joseph Courtis, Ronan Gantly // Screen Scene

“The Flash – Grodd Lives”

Armen V. Kevorkian, Andranik Taranyan, Stefan Bredereck, Jason Shulman, Gevork Babityan // Encore VFX

Outstanding Visual Effects – Commercial


“Game Of War

Benjamin Walsh, Brian Burke, Ian Holland, Brandon Nelson // Method Studios


Shell – “Shapeshifter”

Russell Dodgson, Robert Herrington, Ahmed Gharraph, Rafael Camacho // Framestore UK

General Electric – “Invention Donkey”

Seth Gollub, Theo Jones, Russell Miller, Raul Ortego // Framestore NY

Game Of War – “Time”

Benjamin Walsh, Brian Burke, Ian Holland, Chris Perkowitz // Method Studios

Pepsi – “Halftime Touches Down”

Chris Eckhardt, Michael Ralla // Framestore

The following special awards, which were previously announced, were also presented this evening:

HPA Engineering Excellence Award – Sponsored by NAB Show

Canon – 4K Cine Zoom Lens

Dolby – Dolby Vision™ Projector

Panasonic – 4K Camera Imagers

Quantel – Pablo Rio 8K

Sony Electronics – BVMX300 Monitor

Honorable Mention – Colorfront, Interactive HFR Frame-Blending

HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation

ESPN – ESPN Digital Center 2

HPA Lifetime Achievement Award

Leon D. Silverman received the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award.  Silverman, General Manager, Digital Studio for the Walt Disney Studios, co-founded HPA in 2002. He currently serves as the organization’s president, and represents HPA on the SMPTE Board.  Silverman has been a strong presence in Hollywood’s post production community for over 30 years.

More information about the HPA Awards and the Hollywood Post Alliance can be found at http://www.hpaonline.com or by calling +1 213.614.0860.

About the Hollywood Post Alliance®
Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media and other dynamic media content. Through their partnership with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), the leader in the advancement of the art, science and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, the HPA continues to extend its support of the community it represents. Information about the HPA is available at ww.hpaonline.com.

About the HPA® Awards
The HPA Awards were created to foster awareness and recognize the achievements of the individuals and companies that have contributed to groundbreaking technologies and creative excellence within the professional media content industry, and build involvement in the Hollywood Post Alliance. The HPA is a partner of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®). Information about the HPA Awards is available at http://www.hpaonline.com. The HPA Awards will be presented with generous support from its Title Sponsor: Blackmagic Design; Foundation Members: Avid and Dolby; Engineering Title Sponsor: NAB Show; Diamond Sponsor: Canon; Gold Sponsor: Sohonet; and Bronze Sponsors: AKiTiO and Panasonic.


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