The monthly evening meeting of the Hollywood Section for November was a tour of the sound post-production facilities of the 20th Century Fox Studio.

Prior to the tour, there was a buffet dinner in the historic Fox Commissary. This was attended by about 60 people. More members and guests joined the group at 8pm in the Darryl F. Zanuck Theater for a greeting by JR DeLang, Vice President of Facilities for Fox. Members of the Studio’s staff then led smaller groups around the lot.

Departments visited included video mastering and transfer, ADR and Foley stages, screening rooms, sound mixing, and related control areas. In recent years Fox has made major upgrades to the studio technical operations, remodeling a sound stage constructed when the studio was built in 1928 into editorial, recording, and post-production offices. Many of the departments are connected with fiber-optic lines, enabling extensive high-speed communication between them.

Demonstrations were given in the Little Theater, showing various degrees of the use of video for viewing dailies. On the Foley Stage a tape of an action scene in a film was shown, where all of the sound was added in post production.

The tours ended about 10pm, with a return to the Commissary for a question and answer session.

Richard P. May