The Best Sound Creatives in Post-Production

by nyangorilla70258 | created - 13 Mar 2017 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

These talented people help make something in a movie sound beliveable, in POV or in conveying action, and some tend to work in pre-production to help with sound design. These creatives include the likes of Skywalker Sound, Hacienda Post, Joel Valentine, DigiPost.TV, Atlas Oceanic, Advantage Audio and Warner Bros. Sound. #soundmatters #skywalkersound

1. 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 (1979) 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 ...

The most important of sound designers among us today. Not only creative, but in-depth. Emphasizes Walter Murch's POV approach and records the most amazing of sounds. Major influence in the sound effects library of Skywalker Sound.

2. 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 ...

One of the most attentive to authentic sound design, particularly with war movies, and founder of #skywalkersound. From the watch of Lincoln to the classic sounds of a Warner Bros. picture, he designs iconic, amazing, awesome sounds, including #StarWars of course.

3. Jeff Hutchins

Sound_department | SpongeBob SquarePants

Jeff Hutchins is a multi-award-winning Sound Designer, Sound Supervisor and Field Recordist. Jeff is a hands on Sound Supervisor with twenty nine years of experience creating soundscapes for video games, motion pictures and television. Field recording and sound design are passions of Jeffs. He has ...

One of the finest of modern cartoon sound designers (namely on Spongebob). He emphasizes the smaller "takes" of characters in a simple change of expression. Mentored by Joel Valentine, this freelance artist is full of talent and even developed his own sound studio in Oxford, California.

4. Gary Rydstrom

Sound_department | Minority Report

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 ...

He creates awesome action, war and sci-fi sounds, plus designed funny sounds for "Toy Story", the first movie to which, I believe, I was exposed. One of Skywalker Sound's most unique, with a very acquired taste/style.

As in-depth as Randy Thom in the world of modern cartoon sound design, particularly for animated movies. Started Pomann Sound and Hacienda Post/Relative Horta Editorial team, along with Technicolor/Weddington and Glenwood Editorial. This inspirational artist formed his own studio, Badabing Badaboom Productions, where most of the sound in "Courage the Cowardly Dog" was later done.

6. Robert Hargreaves

Sound_department | X-Men: Evolution

He is 5-time Emmy Award-winning sound engineer. He won for his work on Batman: The Animated Series (1992), The New Batman Adventures (1997), Twice for Outstanding Sound Editing - Live Action or Animation and Outstanding Sound Mixing - Special Class for X-Men: Evolution (2000) and Ben 10: Alien Force...

A personal favorite cartoon sound designer, often true to the sounds of a Warner Bros., MGM, or Hanna-Barbera cartoon. A creative of DigiPost.TV, formerly known as Monterey Post Production.

7. Joel Valentine

Sound_department | Point Break

Is the founder and president of Twenty First-Century Entertainment, Inc. (aka 21st Century Sound Design Corp.).

The most unsung and uncredited of sound creatives. The signature sounds of "The Powerpuff Girls" and "Samurai Jack" were designed by this great artist, who was mentor to Jeff Hutchins. He founded Twenty-First Century Entertainment AKA 21st Century Sound Design Corp. and also edited sound on Bakersfield P.D., Born Yesterday and Northen Exposure at Skywalker Sound (for which he won an Emmy).

8. Roy Braverman

Sound_department | The Batman

Roy Braverman is a multi-award-winning Sound Supervisor, Sound Editor and Composer. Roy Braverman's life revolves around the world of music and sound. He has attained creative and technical excellence in a number of diverse disciplines. Besides having expertise in the latest sound technologies, Roy...

Another important, multi-tasked sound creative who often worked with Jeff and Joel. He's been in TV Animation since the early 80s. Freelance but often with Hacienda Post, currently mixing foley at Advantage Audio; he also formed his own studio, Bravermania!

A sound designer as detailed as (and similar in some styles to) Jeff Hutchins, making Grim cartoons sound absolutely hilarious. He founded Glenwood Editorial.

10. Tom Myers

Sound_department | WALL·E

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 ...

Another great (and Skywalker Sound-based) sound designer who learns (and emulates the sound design of) Ben Burtt and Gary Rydstrom. He also does very well with cartoon sound, like on "Quest for Camelot", "Hoodwinked!", and "The Angry Birds Movie".

11. Eric Freeman

Sound_department | The Batman

Eric Freeman is an multi-award-winning Sound Editor, Sound Designer and Mixer. With over eighteen years of professional experience Eric knows the problems, pitfalls and pressure that it comes with getting today's productions done right. Having worked with studios such as Cartoon Network, Fox, Starz...

Another great multi-tasked cartoon sound artist. A former creative of Hacienda Post, currently editing & mixing sound at Disney Television Animation and editing dialogue for Cartoon Network Studios.

12. David Acord

Sound_department | Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

David Acord is known for his work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) and Phantom Thread (2017).

The sound designer for the future of Star Wars. Obviously based with Skywalker Sound.

13. Otis Van Osten

Sound_department | Mighty Ducks

Otis Van Osten started at Sony Pictures Sound teaching the "new" Waveframe digital workstation to the editorial staff and shortly there after became an editor on "Reasonable Doubts." He then moved to Warner Bros. Studios and join the newly formed digital sound department where he spent the next ten...

Another great sound creative from Warner Bros. for television animation.

14. Michael Gollom

Sound_department | Jak II

Michael Gollom is known for his work on Jak II (2003), Demolition Man (1993) and Rocko's Modern Life (1993).

Also a Warner Bros. creative who also worked with Team Hacienda Post at Horta Editorial & Sound.

15. Treg Brown

Sound_department | Mr. Washington Goes to Town

Legendary editor whose wizardry in creating innumerable sound effects from everyday objects helped elevate Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies to rank among the most popular cartoons ever made. Tregoweth Edmond Brown was born in Gilbert, Minnesota, in November 1899. Pursuing a musical career early on,...

The ORIGINAL sound creative of Warner Bros.

16. James MacDonald

Actor | Cinderella

James MacDonald was born on May 19, 1906 in Dundee, Dundee City, Scotland as John James MacDonald. He is known for his work on Cinderella (1950), Mary Poppins (1964) and Alice in Wonderland (1951). He was married to Sarah Roberta Cullen. He died on February 1, 1991 in Glendale, California, USA.

The original Disney sound creative.

17. Jim Faris

Editor | Family

He met his future wife when both were working on "Tom and Jerry" cartoons.

The original MGM sound creative.

18. Steve Boeddeker

Sound_department | All Is Lost

Steve Boeddeker joined Skywalker Sound in 1995 as an assistant sound designer for The Frighteners and Mars Attacks! He began his career in sound creating high end audio libraries for digital sampling keyboards at companies such as Emu, Akai and Roland. He did freelance CD mastering and was a ...

Another Skywalker creative with very interesting styles of sound design. Usually involved with crazy movies and variable style.

19. Tim Nielsen

Sound_department | Avatar

A Skywalker Sound creative who formed his own unique sound library of nature sounds.

20. Christopher Boyes

Sound_department | Avatar

Christopher Boyes is known for his work on Avatar (2009), King Kong (2005) and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003).

Some of the most stylistic bullets, electrical and explosive sounds ever designed were done by this Skywalker Sound artist and his common assistant, Matthew Wood.

21. Rob McIntyre

Sound_department | Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness

With a formal education in music from Fredonia College, Rob brings a unique organicness and musicality to his sound design. Combined with his experience in every facet on audio post - feature, animation, reality, video games and commercial/promo, our [Atlas Oceanic] clients have come to rely on his...

An Oracle Post/Atlas Oceanic creative who assisted on Spongebob SSN 5 to edit foley. Obviously, his crazy work on Teen Titans Go! is worthy of noting, though uncredited.

22. Christopher Scarabosio

Sound_department | Rogue One

Christopher Scarabosio is known for his work on Rogue One (2016), Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) and Avatar (2009).

One of the greatest sound editors, and with Skywalker Sound. Whenever he's merely credited as a sound effects editor, usually there're awesome sound effects. Star Wars, Young Indiana Jones, Hellboy, Pearl Harbor, Titan A.E. and the Despicable Me franchise are among his finest.

Amalgamated Sound and Picture creative: Also a good sound editor to look for modern cartoon sound design.

24. Al Nelson

Sound_department | Jurassic World

Al Nelson is known for his work on Jurassic World (2015), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and The Incredibles (2004).

If you want great sound that depends on a small budget or crew, Al here is the one to look to. His work on Book of Dragons and Life, Animated are great highlights. A Skywalker Sound creative.

25. Matthew Wood

Sound_department | Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

Matthew Wood was born on August 15, 1972 in Walnut Creek, California, USA as Matthew Russell Wood. He is known for his work on Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005), Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017) and Rogue One (2016).

Obviously one of the most important editors at Skywalker, and a great sound designer on the few projects on which he designed sound.

26. Teresa Eckton

Sound_department | The Avengers

Teresa Eckton was born on March 6, 1950 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Teresa Louise Eckton. She is known for her work on The Avengers (2012), Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) and Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999).

One of the greatest, most important, longest-running sound editor, with Skywalker and Weddington/Technicolor.

27. Walter Murch

Sound_department | The English Patient

Walter Murch has been editing sound in Hollywood since starting on Francis Ford Coppola's film The Rain People (1969). He edited sound on American Graffiti (1973) and The Godfather: Part II (1974), won his first Academy Award nomination for The Conversation (1974), won his first Oscar for ...

The legendary man of post-production sound who inspired famous creatives Ben Burtt and Randy Thom, with his distinctive use of POV. Very stylized but in-depth in sound design approach.

28. David Parker

Sound_department | The Bourne Ultimatum

David Parker was born in 1951. He is known for his work on The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017) and The English Patient (1996).

A big-shot mixer, from Saul Zaentz to Skywalker Sound.

29. 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 ...

Also a big-shot Skywalker Sound mixer.

30. Frank E. Eulner

Sound_department | Iron Man

Frank E. Eulner was born in 1963. He is known for his work on Iron Man (2008), The Avengers (2012) and The Jungle Book (2016).

Like many Skywalker creatives, they started at Saul Zaentz. This great editor tends to occasionally do sound design and/or supervision.

31. Gwendolyn Yates Whittle

Sound_department | Avatar

Gwendolyn Yates Whittle was born in 1961. She is known for her work on Avatar (2009), Fight Club (1999) and Tron (2010).

Female sound creative at Skywalker who usually edits the "queen" element of sound: dialogue/ADR.

32. Lora Hirschberg

Sound_department | Inception

Lora Hirschberg is known for her work on Inception (2010), The Dark Knight (2008) and Iron Man (2008).

One of the most well-known female mixers, namely from Skywalker Sound and Bison, Bison Studios.

33. Steve Slanec

Sound_department | Finding Dory

President of Slanecon Digital, Inc. which develops software for the audio post industry. One of their products, ADR Manager, is the most widely used ADR spotting system in feature film today.

Another great editing/mixing creative at Skywalker Sound who also overseas dialogue/ADR. Also once a "trumpet boy" there.

34. Erik Foreman

Sound_department | The Batman

Is a founder with Christopher Barnett for Earstorm Corporation.

When it comes to small projects, Skywalker Sound creative Erik can do the majority of it himself, like on Star Wars: Clone Wars. Co-founder with Christopher Barnett for Earstorm Corp.

35. Will Files

Sound_department | War for the Planet of the Apes

Graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking

Another (Skywalker) sound designer correct to nostalgia (like using a particular shriek-like whistle of air that you'd hear in Popeye shorts), and a designer of exotic metallic sounds like you never heard. Common creative with Robert Stambler at Kelvin Optical and founder of Pacific Standard Sound with Craig Henighan.

36. Timothy J. Borquez

Sound_department | SpongeBob SquarePants

Timothy J. Borquez was born on December 17, 1959 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is known for his work on SpongeBob SquarePants (1999), The Batman (2004) and Xiaolin Showdown (2003).

Founder of the 2nd greatest sound service and/or team of creatives in post-production sound, Hacienda Post, Cartoon Network's preferred post-production sound/re-recording studio.

37. Thomas Syslo

Sound_department | The Batman

Thomas Syslo was born on September 21, 1954 in the USA as Thomas Carl Syslo. He is known for his work on The Batman (2004), Xiaolin Showdown (2003) and Adventure Time (2010).

Like Ben Burtt, he's been doing post-production sound since the 70s, namely for television--from analog mono to 7.1-- with team Hacienda Post.

38. Lawrence Reyes

Sound_department | The Penguins of Madagascar

Lawrence Reyes was born on October 19, 1979 in Manila, Philippines. He is known for his work on The Penguins of Madagascar (2008), Fanboy & Chum Chum (2009) and Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness (2011).

Like Jeff Hutchins & Rob McIntyre, one of Atlas Oceanic/Oracle Post's most talented cartoon sound designers, like on Fanboy and Chum Chum, with styles that somewhat resemble Joel Valentine's in the many uses of Hanna-Barbera sfx.

39. Jeff Shiffman

Sound_department | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Jeff Shiffman began began his professional career focusing on creative sound design at a boutique sound studio, eventually garnering a coveted position as supervising sound editor at Warner Bros. Studios. There, he oversaw the post-production sound for numerous animated television series.

With the ...

Warner Bros/Audio Circus sound creative, founder with Kate Finan of Boom Box Post.

Dialogue Recording Engineer--and even sound designer/editor/mixer--at Cartoon Network Studios.

41. Peter Albrechtsen

Sound_department | Män som hatar kvinnor

Peter Albrechtsen was born on July 3, 1976 in København, Denmark. He is known for his work on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009), Dunkirk (2017) and Idealisten (2015).

Fine sound creative, namely for documentaries and foreign projects, somewhat involved with Skywalker's creatives who worked on some of his projects, like Dunkirk, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, etc.

42. Robert Poole II

Sound_department | Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles

A graduate of the University of Colorado with a BS in Music, Bob's focus, accuracy and execution has been triggering positive results since '96. Initially starting out as a dialog editor, and quickly transitioning into sound design, Bob has the ability to give clients exactly what they want. Having...

Although, as with most Advantage Audio sound designers, the sound design can be very limiting in style (particularly with vocal sounds like crowds and animals), he and the respective creatives do some extreme tweaks to classic cartoon sounds. His sound design for Paul Rudish's "Mickey Mouse" is more expanded and somewhat different in style compared to most Advantage projects as well.

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