Supported by Genelec
How can working cross-department deliver the most coherent and sensuous sonic and visual content, for the best audience experience? Our inspiring conversationalists on 27 October 2022 were Peter Albrechtsen (sound designer, Denmark), Roberta Bononi BFE (editor, Italy, now UK) and Shaunak Soni (film production student, India, now UK). All drawn from our mentoring community and at different stages in their careers, they discussed the importance of collaboration between the sound and picture departments during the editing process. They examined how an early collaboration of the two disciplines in the production process can spark some of the best ideas and enable a strong identity to a film.
Peter Albrechtsen, sound designer
Peter Albrechtsen is a Danish sound designer, re-recording mixer and music supervisor based in Copenhagen and working on both feature films and documentaries. He is known for Evil Dead Rise(2023), The Cave (2019) and The Killing of Two Lovers (2020).
Among Albrechtsen’s other recent credits are the Sundance-winner The Territory, which is screening now in US and UK cinemas, and the jazz documentary Music for Black Pigeons, which is premiering at the Venice Film Festival. Recent fiction credits include the Danish festival favourite As In Heaven, Finnish Cannes selection The Woodcutter Story and sound effects recording for Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. In 2017 Peter was invited to become a member of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and he is also a member of the US association of sound designers, MPSE, of sound mixers, CAS, and the UK association of sound designers, AMPS.
Along with his work as sound designer and sound re-recording mixer, Albrechtsen has worked as a music supervisor and music editor and has collaborated closely with globally acclaimed musicians such as Antony and the Johnsons, Jóhann Jóhannsson and Efterklang.
Peter has also written about music and movies for different Danish and international magazines and has been lecturing about sound design around the world and moderating seminars and teaching at The Danish Film School.
Roberta Bononi, BFE, editor
Born in Valdobbiadene, Italy, Roberta Bononi’s story as a film editor started in 2008 with Giuseppe Bertolucci’s ‘Officinema’ course on Film Editing at the Cinetica di Bologna, in Italy.
After working as an editor in Italy for a couple of years, Roberta decided to move to London, UK in 2010, where she has since worked in feature films, short films, animated TV series and feature documentaries. Her languages are Italian and English.
Roberta recently finished editing Redemption, an Italian feature film directed by Maria Martinelli. A CBeebies animated series she cut this summer is now in post-production, Tish Tash Sing Along, produced by Karrot and directed by Tony Clarke. One of the latest feature films Roberta has cut, Trouble Will Find Us, with director Alex Milo Bischof, premiered at Busan International Film Festival 2020 and won Best UK Feature at MANIFF 2021, and the Jury Award for Best Screenplay, Best Feature Film and Best Actress (Ruth Kearney) at Ramsgate International Film & TV Festival 2021. Some of Roberta’s most recent work includes the documentary Titian – Behind Closed Doors, directed by Matthew Hill for BBC2, and the animated series Kitti Katz and Robozuna, produced by KidsCave Studios for Netflix and ITV Global.
Roberta Bononi was nominated in the Best Editor category at Underwire Festival 2018 for her work on SWARM, directed by Emma Miranda Moore.
Since 2020, Roberta has been a governor of BFE (British Film Editors). Here, she also initiated and runs the BFE’s Virtual Glass of Wine event. She is also a member of BAFTA Crew and WFTV.
Shaunak Soni, film production student
Shaunak Soni is in the final year of his undergraduate film production course at Brunel University London. Originally from Mumbai, India, Shaunak moved to London, UK as a teenager in 2020. With a passion for celebrating the creative and technical aspects of filmmaking, Shaunak is keen to explore how a variety of disciplines combine to create the very best high-impact films. His student film, Turtle Shell, which he wrote, directed, edited and sound designed, was selected as the best short film (2nd Year) at his university.
Shaunak does a variety of work experience projects with the Amina Khayyam Dance Company, creating video content and trailers for them. He also works as a runner at various production and post-production companies across London. He plays the classical guitar as part of his passion for music. Shaunak speaks Hindi, English and some Spanish.