LOS ANGELES - The board of directors for the Motion Picture Sound Editors has voted to create a new category of membership for Foley artists. The MPSE (www.mpse.org) is dedicated to improving recognition of its members by educating the entertainment community as to the artistic merit of sound editing and related arts.
MPSE president David Bondelevitch says, "I consider this to be a huge step forward for our organization. This decision will allow us to grow, not only in size and stature, but in the scope of what we hope to accomplish."
Foley artists are immediately eligible for membership with full privileges. Potential members can download applications at the organization's Web site. Pending a rules change to be approved by the active membership, Foley Artists will be eligible to receive trophies in categories where FX/Foley editors are currently recognized.