Hollywood, CA (August 23, 2004)–The Motion Picture Sound Editors have chosen to present their Career Achievement Award to sound designer Gary Rydstrom for his outstanding contributions to the art of sound. The award will be presented at the 51st Annual “Golden Reel” Awards to be held February 27, 2005 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.
Rydstrom went to film school at the University of Southern California, where he became interested in post production. USC professor Ken Miura recommended Rydstrom to Lucasfilm in 1983. During his 20 years at Skywalker Sound, Rydstrom has worked as a sound designer, supervisor, and re-recording mixer on a wide range of feature films, theme park shows, commercials and shorts. Currently, he is working at Pixar Animation Studios, where he is developing projects to direct.
Rydstrom has received many awards nominations for his sound work, including seven Oscars for Best Sound and Best Sound Editing, several MPSE Golden Reels, Cinema Audio Society Awards and British Academy Awards. He has worked extensively with George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, John Lasseter, James Cameron, P.T. Anderson, Robert Redford, and Ron Howard.
Among the films he has worked on are Saving Private Ryan, Titanic, Jurassic Park, Terminator 2, Finding Nemo, Minority Report, Monsters, Inc. , Star Wars: Episodes 1-3, Backdraft, Atlantis, Into the Arms of Strangers, A Bug’s Life, Hercules, Punch Drunk Love, Quiz Show, and many others.
Previous recipients of the MPSE Career Achievement Award include Don Hall, Chuck Campbell, Kay Rose, Alan Splet, Murray Spivack, Frank Warner, Norval Crutcher, James MacDonald, Sam Horta, Douglas Grindstaff, Fred Brown and Jack Foley.
Motion Picture Sound Editors