Matteo Milani of USO Project has made another of his great interviews, this time with Gary Rydstrom.
Gary Rydstrom was born in 1959 in Chicago, IL. He graduated from the University of Southern California – School of Cinematic Arts in 1981. He began his career at Sprocket Systems, formerly Skywalker Sound, in 1983. Offered the job by a college professor, Gary received the opportunity to work with his mentor, Star Wars sound designer Ben Burtt. He created sound for numerous successful films including Backdraft, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Jurassic Park, Titanic, Saving Private Ryan, Minority Report and Finding Nemo. Through this work he has won 7 Academy Awards.
Rydstrom did his first work for Pixar on the short film Luxo Jr.. John Lasseter has said it was Rydstrom’s work on Luxo Jr., such as creating the lamp’s voice from the squeak of a lightbulb being screwed in, that taught him how sound can be a partner in the storytelling of a film. In 2006 he has made his directorial debut with the Pixar animated short Lifted. He recently jumped again into the director’s chair to create his second animated short Hawaiian Vacation, set to play in front of Cars 2.
(A tribute to Gary Rydstrom, by Matteo Milani)
Full interview here.