Midge Costin, features sound editor and director of the important and fascinating documentary Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound, leads a discussion on the current state of Hollywood sound with four masters of American film sound.
They’ll discuss how changing styles of film narratives influence how soundtracks are conceived and produced. And they’ll reflect on the effects of streaming, games and evolving technology on the function of sound in modern soundtracks. Key to this discussion, as always, is the role of the audience and how filmmakers think about their ‘end users’.
Peter J. Devlin CAS
Location Sound Recordist: Black Panther, Transformers: The Last Knight
Teri E. Dorman
Sound Editor: Foxcatcher, Pirates of the Caribbean
Sound Designer, Re-recording Mixer: Babylon, Where the Crawdads Sing, JoJo Rabbit
Sound Designer, Mixer, Director: The Fablemans, Top Gun: Maverick, West Side Story
Midge Costin holds the Kay Rose Endowed Chair in the Art of Sound Editing at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. For over 25 years she has been a feature film sound editor having freelanced at every major studio in Hollywood. Costin has edited sound for filmmakers Tony Scott (Crimson Tide), Michael Bay (The Rock), John Waters (Crybaby), David Wolper (Imagine: John Lennon) and Amy Heckerling (Look Who’s Talking Too). Crimson Tide and Armageddon, for which she edited sound effects and dialogue, received Academy Award nominations for Sound Editing. Crimson Tide also won the MPSE Golden Reel Award for Best Editing.
Costin produced and directed the feature documentary, Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound, for which she was nominated for Critics Choice Award for Director of First Documentary Feature. The film also received nominations for ACE Best Feature Documentary Editing, Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) Best Sound Editing and Women Film Critics Circle for Best Feature Doc, and won the Cinema Audio Society (CAS) for Best Achievement in Mixing for a feature documentary. As a passionate teacher and advocate for creative use of sound in the cinematic arts, she has travelled internationally to lecture on sound design and editing, and her career in Hollywood
Peter Devlin is originally from Northern Ireland and has worked in sound since 1981 when he joined the audio department of the BBC in Belfast. Having worked across many areas of sound, it was his interest in television drama, and desire to work as a production sound mixer in the US film industry, that led him to leave Belfast in 1987 to pursue that goal. Since then, he has been fortunate to work with many celebrated directors across many genres, in particular Ron Howard (Frost and Nixon), Michael Bay (Transformers: The Last Knight, Transformers: Age of Extinction), Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman 1984) and Ryan Coogler (Black Panther, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever). Most recently, Peter was the recipient of a Career Achievement Award from the Cinema Audio Society. He currently serves as a Governor of the sound branch for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
Teri E. Dorman has been a Sound Editor since 1974, having worked on over 125 films. Her credits include Foxcatcher, Unstoppable, The Amazing Spider-Man, Moneyball, Frost/Nixon, Pirates of the Caribbean series, Spy Game, Man on Fire, Pearl Harbor, Prince of Tides, Lethal Weapon 2, Bird, Top Gun, and The Deer Hunter. She has been a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 1988 and a Governor representing the Sound Branch since 2017.
Ai-Ling Lee was born in Singapore where she studied music audio engineering. After two years of mixing and editing commercials and music, she moved to Los Angeles in 1998 to pursue a career in sound design for feature films.
Since then she has worked as a sound designer, re-recording mixer and sound supervisor on a variety of films including JoJo Rabbit, La La Land, First Man, Deadpool, Wild, Maze Runner and Buena Vista Social Club.
Ai-Ling was fortunate to work with directors Damien Chazelle, Taika Waititi, Ben Affleck, Jean-Marc Vallée, Wes Ball, Noah Hawley, Cameron Crowe, Gus Van Sant and Sam Raimi.
She has been nominated for four Academy Awards (for editing and mixing) and two BAFTAs.
Gary Rydstrom is a film sound designer, mixer, and director. At Skywalker Sound, Gary has created sound for numerous films, including Terminator 2, Jurassic Park, Toy Story, Titanic, Saving Private Ryan, Star Wars: Episode I, Punch-Drunk Love, Finding Nemo, Ad Astra, and West Side Story. He has been nominated for an Academy Award 20 times and has won seven Oscars for Sound. He has received Career Achievement Awards from both the Cinema Audio Society and Motion Picture Sound Editors. For Pixar, he directed two short films, the Oscar-nominated Lifted, and Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation. In 2015, Gary directed the Disney/Lucasfilm animated musical Strange Magic. In collaboration with composer Mason Bates, Gary directed the Grammy-winning concert/film production Philharmonia Fantastique. Gary is co-author with Gianluca Sergi of The Endless End of Cinema, which uses the history of Hollywood crises to argue that traditional cinema will never die.
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