Stephen Barden’s achievements in sound editing

A theatrical poster for the film Pompeii. Stephen Barden is nominated for a CSA for Best Achievement in Sound Editing.

Stephen Barden (fondly known to all as “Barden”), coordinator of the Bachelor of Film and Television program at Sheridan College has won a Canadian Screen Award (CSA) for Best Achievement in Sound Editing as part of the sound design team for the film Pompeii. The CSA’s were presented at a series of week-long events, culminating in the final live broadcast gala on March 1st in Toronto. The film Pompeii, which was shot in Toronto, also won the Cineplex Golden Screen Award (previously called the Cineplex Golden Reel Award) which is awarded annually to the Canadian film that earns the highest domestic box office. Pompeii grossed over $4 million in Canada in 2014 and triggered producer Don Carmody’s ninth win of this award.

Barden, who is no stranger to getting nominated in this area (this is his fourth CSA or “Screenie” nomination), has won multiple Gemini, DGC Craft and Genie awards during his 20-year career.  He spoke about getting nominated for Pompeii and on the success he’s had with his crew over the years.
“It’s great to be recognized for the work done by our team,” he said. “I have a wonderful, long lasting bond with my fellow crew members and I think being able to work creatively with people I consider to be friends is definitely important.”

For Pompeii, Barden’s editing team consisted mostly of Sheridan graduates. The CSA Gala evening also presents a terrific opportunity for a reunion with his crew.
Not only does Barden have a good working relationship with his sound editing team, he has worked with director Paul W.S. Anderson five times (Resident Evil: Afterlife, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Death Race, Resident Evil: Retribution and Pompeii). He said that past collaborative relationships have a big influence on the films he works on.
“I wouldn’t say it’s the only reason nor am I necessarily the first option each and every time, but it definitely helps considering how comfortable I am working for someone like Paul. He knows what I can provide and I know what he provides as a director or producer and it always works out in the end,” Barden said.
After working on such a high budget film, Barden admitted that he’s been focusing primarily on teaching at Sheridan since, despite some smaller films on the go. He is currently working on a documentary titled Low Down Tracks by Shelley Saywell, a story about street musicians in Toronto. He will also contribute to a feature film called Day Out of Days by Zoe Cassavetes daughter of director John Cassavetes.
Barden said he will be taking a third year Media Arts student along with him for both films as an internship opportunity, something both he, and the lucky student are looking forward too.
Other Sheridan winners of the night included the award for Best Performance in an Animated Program or Series which went to Justin Time, the hit pre-school series from Toronto’s Guru Studio, home to many Sheridan graduates, including studio founder Frank Falcone (art & art history, 1992 & computer animation, 1992) and Justin Time creator Brandon James Scott (bachelor of applied arts-animation, 2007.)

The Canadian Screen Awards recognize the best in homegrown movies, television and digital production. In all, 128 awards were given out, as well as 14 Academy Special Awards.




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