Sound Editors, Sound Designers and Re-Recording Mixers I respect the most.

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Randy Thom
Sound Department, The Revenant
Randy Thom started his career in radio and music recording before making the transition to film in 1975, when he was hired on Apocalypse Now as a sound effects recordist. Since then, Thom has worked in a wide variety of creative capacities within the sound department in over seventy five films. For example...
 
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Walter Murch
Sound Department, Apocalypse Now
Walter Murch has been editing sound in Hollywood since starting on Francis Ford Coppola's film The Rain People. He edited sound on American Graffiti and The Godfather: Part II, won his first Academy Award nomination for The Conversation, won his first Oscar for Apocalypse Now, and won an unprecedented double Oscar for Best Sound and Best Film Editing for his work on The English Patient...
 
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Gary Rydstrom
Sound Department, Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Gary Rydstrom, Director of Creative Operations/Sound Designer and Mixer, joined Skywalker Sound in 1983 as an operator in the machine room. Since then, he has contributed his talents to many projects as a sound designer, re-recording mixer, effects mixer and foley mixer. In 1998, Rydstrom was appointed Director of Creative Operations for Skywalker Sound...
 
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Richard Portman
Sound Department, The Godfather
Portman entered the film industry in 1957, as a trainee at Columbia Pictures. In 1959 he joined the Samuel Goldwyn Studio as a junior engineer, rising to the position of Assistant Supervising Sound Recording Engineer. In 1970 he joined Robert Altman at the Lion's Gate facility, serving as Sound Director...
 
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Ben Burtt
Sound Department, WALL·E
Ben Burtt was born in New York, USA. Though he is a writer, an editor and a director, he is best known for his work as a sound designer. Ben has worked on many Pixar and Star Trek movies and all of the Star Wars movies. He is credited for creating Chewbacca's voice and sounds as well as the voice of Yoda and several others.
 
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Tom Fleischman
Sound Department, The Departed
 
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Gary Summers
Sound Department, Avatar
Gary Summers has worked as a Motion Picture Re-recording Mixer for the past thirty-three years. His career in sound began in 1979 when he was employed by Lucas Film Ltd. as a sound recordist to work on "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back". His abilities as a Re-recording Mixer were first used in 1983 on "Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi"...
 
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Gary Rizzo
Sound Department, The Dark Knight
 
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Christopher Boyes
Sound Department, The Avengers
 
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Tom Myers
Sound Department, Up
Tom Myers received a degree in film from Northwestern University and went on to do graduate film studies at San Francisco State. From there he worked in a variety of capacities in the San Francisco film industry including a long stint working with picture at Monaco Film Labs. In 1987 he took a job in the sound division of LucasFilm...
 
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Mike Dowson
Sound Department, Schindler's List
 
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Ren Klyce
Sound Department, Gone Girl
 
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Lora Hirschberg
Sound Department, The Dark Knight
 
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Ed Novick
Sound Department, Moneyball
 
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Richard King
Sound Department, The Dark Knight
Richard King was born in Tampa, Florida and attended the University of South Florida graduating with a BFA in painting and film. Since 1985 he has worked in film sound design. Richard has been fortunate to work with such directors as Nicolas Roeg, M. Night Shyamalan, Robert Altman, Paul Thomas Anderson...
 
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Tom Johnson
Sound Department, Forrest Gump