UWL Graduate wins audio 'Oscar' for outstanding soundtrack work

Golden Reel awards

A UWL graduate is celebrating after winning a prestigious award for his outstanding work in devising new sounds for films.

Thomas Blazukas collected a Golden Reel trophy for his sound design at a glamorous ceremony in Hollywood, USA, after judges were impressed by his contribution to a film called ‘Homegrown.’

Golden Reels are awarded by the Motion Picture Sound Editors society and recognise artistic excellence in the soundtracks of feature films. Within the industry, the Gold Reel awards are regarded as the equivalent of the Oscars.

Reflecting on the honour, Thomas - who studied BA Music Technology - said: ‘It's hard to describe the sensation when the award was announced. It was difficult to speak or even walk up to the stage and pick up the award because I was hit by a wave of emotions. When I started in filmmaking, Golden Reel awards were a far-fetched fantasy. I am delighted, wholeheartedly honoured and humbled to receive this award.’

He praised UWL for setting on the path to success through his studies, saying: ‘I delved into sound design and filmmaking at UWL. During one of the modules in the first year we had to create some sounds and put them to pictures; then the light in my head lit up. The rest, as they say, is history.’

Sam Sutton, senior lecturer in Music Technology at UWL, guided Thomas through the challenging creative and technical process of creating a final project for assessment.

He said: ‘Thomas always embraced the experimental side of things and was never afraid to take risks. His creative energy and talent will take him far and it’s great that his work is being recognised by the industry.’

Thomas Blazukas (right middle) with Golden Reel award for his audio work

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