Marin County, CA (September 13, 2005)–Randy Thom has been appointed director of sound design at Skywalker Sound, it was announced today by Glenn Kiser, vice president and general manager of the award-winning audio post-production facility.
Thom, recipient of last year’s Academy Award for Best Sound Effects Editing on The Incredibles, and a Best Sound Oscar for The Right Stuff, began working for Lucasfilm in 1979. His film projects this year include Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, as well as additional sound design for War of the Worlds. A highly prolific sound designer and mixer, Thom is equally at home with animation or live action, with an additional 11 Oscar nominations during his career.
“Randy has an amazing ear, coupled with an artistic passion for the soundtrack’s contribution to filmmaking that is unbridled,” said Kiser. “In the six years we’ve worked together, I’ve come to know Randy as the consummate professional, and an eager advocate for marrying artistry with technology. With the addition of the new wing at Skywalker, Randy is the perfect choice to lead us forward.”
“I’ve always been passionate about film sound and its effect on the audiences’ experience, and Randy shares that passion,” said George Lucas. “I’m happy that he has accepted this new role, and am confident that his talent and experience will lead Skywalker forward in the digital age.”
Skywalker Sound, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, was founded by George Lucas, and is the acknowledged leader in melding state-of-the-art technology with the art of sound design.
“Skywalker Sound is a unique environment for me creatively,” said Thom. “I have the luxury of having all facets that compose a soundtrack under the same roof, which assures excellence. We also have an amazing talent pool, driving fully integrated editing and mixing suites, using our new fibre optic network. I am honored to have the opportunity to help shape our future.”