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  • Writer's pictureHannah Johnston

West Island audio engineer's work honoured at the Academy Awards.

Fire of Love, which was nominated for Best Documentary Feature Film at the 95th Academy Awards, is a National Geographic original that documents the love story of two French scientists who died capturing spectacular images of their greatest passion; volcanoes. Among the film's crew is West Islander Gavin Fernandes. He is a re-recording mixer or a post-production audio engineer whose role comprises mixing the final version of a soundtrack for a feature film, television program, or television advertisement.

Instagram: Gavin Fernandes


Fernandes and his co-workers were flown out to attend the award ceremony in Los Angeles for what he described as a "dream" weekend. His previous accolades include work on Big Little Lies for the episode You Get What You Need on HBO, which was nominated for an Emmy in 2017, Sundance Film Festival Nominee The Longest Goodbye, and, of course, a Québecois favourite, Bon Cop Bad Cop.


Fernandes has always had an interest in music and sound,

"I was in a band as a young adult, and I loved helping with the sound," he explained. "I did community shows on the West Island and have been active with the Becket Players for almost 30 years; it is where I met my late wife, Teresa Dellar."

He is still very much involved with the Teresa Dellar Palliative Care Residence, which she founded and is now named in her honor.


While Fernandes was earning his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry pharmacology, he worked at the student radio studio, CRSG, and got noticed for his work. As soon as school was completed, Fernandes found work in a few studios, and the rest was history.


PHOTO: National Geographic


Fire of Love has been critically acclaimed across the board. The documentary was nominated for a BAFTA (British Academy Film Award) and won the Satellite Award for Best Motion Picture Documentary. Navalny walked away with the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature Film, which told the story of the poisoning and imprisonment of Alexei Navalny, a Russian opposition leader who is staunchly anti-Putin.


SOURCE: IMDB

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