Neal Dodson was busy making a new movie when his latest film was announced as an Oscar nominee.
The York County native and Los Angeles-based producer was on set Thursday in New York while "All is Lost" was listed among contenders for Best Sound Editing at the 86th Academy Awards. "We're very proud of our sound team. There was a lot of great work this year, and we're humbled to be part of the conversation," said Dodson, a 35-year-old Manchester Township native and 1996 graduate of Central York High School.
Hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, the awards show will air live at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 2 on ABC.
When the nominees were announced last week, Dodson was working with writer-director J.C. Chandor, who wrote and directed "All is Lost."
Starring Robert Redford, "All is Lost" tells the story of a man's fight for survival at sea after his yacht collides with a shipping container.
Redford, a 77-year-old veteran filmmaker, did not receive an Oscar nomination for best actor -- a decision national and Hollywood-based critics are calling a snub.
"I was a little disappointed he didn't get a nomination, but it doesn't take away the fact he was amazing in the movie," Dodson said.
Redford was awarded best actor by the New York Film Critics Circle, was a Golden Globe nominee and is a contender for several other pending awards.
"All is Lost" is also in contention for several awards, including four nominations for the Independent Spirit Awards, which honor the best in independent filmmaking.
"It's been overwhelmingly well received," Dodson said.
And that means a lot in a year full of great movies.
Bias for "All is Lost" aside, his favorite movie of the year was "Her," a futuristic love story by Maryland-native Spike Jonze and an Oscar nominee for Best Picture.
"I found it to be extremely moving, original, brave, strange and smart, and all the things I like about movies," Dodson said.
He also likes Oscar contender, "Inside Llewyn Davis," a film by Joel and Ethan Coen about a folk singer making his way through New York in the 1960s, and "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," a romantic crime drama by David Lowery that won a cinematography award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
"It's truly been an amazing year. There's a long list of films that deserve to be nominated," Dodson said. "As an independent filmmaker it's an encouraging year for movies because it reminds you people want to see smart, cool, good movies."
Dodson and Chandor are currently working on "A Most Violent Year," starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain.
The film is set in 1981 -- described by Dodson as one of the most violent years on record -- and Isaac plays a Latino who immigrates to America and becomes a successful businessman.
"A Most Violent Year" is expected to hit theaters near the end of this year, Dodson said.
He will take some time out of the busy production schedule next month to host a local screening for "All is Lost" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6 at York College's Waldner Performing Arts Center. Dodson will take questions after the screening, and he already has an answer if someone asks him how they can reach their dreams in filmmaking.
"Be flexible about your goals," he said.
Dodson started out as an aspiring actor who majored in drama at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. When he was 26, he took a job working for a producer at Warner Bros. and learned his skill set was better matched for producing.
"There's certainly a chance it won't go how you thought, but that doesn't mean you won't be happy," he said.
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