Yorkshire born music editor Chris Benstead said he and his family were “over the moon” following his BAFTA win last night as part of the sound editing team for Gravity.
The film, which is directed by Mexican Alfonso Cuarón and stars Oscar winners Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, won six awards at the British Academy Film Awards ceremony and has also been nominated for ten Oscars at The Academy Awards, which will be held on Sunday March 2nd.
The 32-year-old, who graduated from The University of Surrey, was born in Skirlaugh near Hull, East Yorkshire, but now lives in Surrey. Benstead, who worked on the film for three months, was part of a large team who worked in the sound department of the critically acclaimed space thriller.
“I was music editor and the role grew such that I mixed the music at the final ‘dub’.
“We knew we were one of the front runners but we did not necessarily think we would win with the great sound that was in some of the other films – the competition was outstanding.
“I was very proud to just be nominated, so to win the BAFTA is unbelievable, and my family are over the moon,” Benstead said.
Gravity, which has been a global success and has picked up numerous awards during this years awards season, is recognised for its ground-breaking visual and special effects, and it is a film that the music editor knew would be a hit from the beginning.
“It is a visual masterpiece. It is a mind-blowing film. The first cut of the movie I saw was astonishing. Even in a rough state, I knew the film would be great,” added the 32-year-old.
“I worked very closely with Alfonso (Cuarón) – he really encouraged us to break all the rules and exploit 7.1 surround sound, and later Dolby Atmos, to the maximum.
“Alfonso wanted as much spatial detail in the music as possible to really envelope the listener and really take the audience on a heart stopping journey.”
The Yorkshireman, who is currently working on Disney’s latest adaptation of Cinderella which is set to be released in 2015, has also worked on such films as Thor, Black Swan and The Kingdom of Heaven.
You can follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisBenstead.
Read our review review of Gravity.