Image of Chuli Shewring

Jules Wright Prize shortlisted sound designers in conversation at Genesis Cinema

Date posted: 23.10.2017

We are pleased to announce the event Bringing Image to Life at the Genesis Cinema on Tuesday 7 November at 6:30pm, presented in partnership with The Wapping Project.

The evening is a conversation about the hidden labour of sound designers in artists' moving image, hearing from Chu-Li Shewring and Zhe Wu. Both sound designers are shortlisted for the Jules Wright Prize for Female Creative Technician 2017, which is awarded as part of Film London's prestigious Jarman Award event.

The two sound designers will share insight into the invisible craft of layering emotions and mood and underscoring actions in films. From field recording in unusual locations to solitary work in the studio, Shewring and Wu offer a glimpse of the behind the scenes work that goes into giving films the power to draw us in and move us through space, time and emotions.

Chu-Li Shewring is a filmmaker and sound designer collaborating mainly with artists and independent filmmakers. She is also a visiting sound tutor at UCL and the National Film and Television School. Before this, she worked at production company Illuminations, which specialises in films about the arts, then as a medical videographer at Charing Cross Hospital. Steve McQueen's Hunger was one of her first experiences working with an artist. Her most recent collaborations are with the artist Frances Scott on her film installation CANWEYE { } and her archival film Diviner. Shewring has also worked with artists Ben Rivers, Phil Coy and Esther Johnson.

Zhe Wu grew up in China and is based in London. She works worldwide as a sound designer and re-recording mixer. In 2010, she received two Verna Fields nominations for Golden Reels Awards from the MPSE (Motion Picture Sound Editors) in Los Angeles and a Best Sound nomination from the British Animation Awards. Wu worked with artist filmmaker Sarah Turner on her two feature films Perestroika and Public House. She has also worked on the film installation The Running Tongue by Siobhan Davies and David Hinton. Rather than creating sounds that simply 'enlarge' the picture, she is interested in sound design that enhances the emotion and storytelling of the film.

This Jules Wright Prize for Female Creative Technician was launched in 2015 as a partnership between Film London and The Wapping Project. It is named after The Wapping Project’s late founder and given as part of the Jarman Award. A £5,000 prize is presented to a female creative technician who has played a significant role in the area of artists’ moving image production in the UK. This award highlights hidden roles that are indispensable yet often overlooked, as well as championing female technicians whose talent and commitment supports a wide range of UK’s artist filmmakers.

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