The July Special of Gary Rydstrom ends here… with more interviews!
Road Trip Nation had an interview with Rydstrom talking about his life and sound design work.
“Since he was twelve, Gary Rydstrom knew he wanted to work in film, but he was uncertain what he would specialize in. At USC film school, he found his passion with sound. Although the film industry is competitive and difficult to break into, Gary has had encouragement from his friends and family. After graduation, however, Gary had his own doubts. With a bachelors degree in film under his belt, and now perusing a masters in film, Gary got a stroke of luck. “It was just one of those out of the blue things. I was sitting in school and [the teacher] said, ‘do you want to interview for a job up at Lucasfilm?’” Gary took the interview, got the job, and moved to San Francisco to work at Skywalker Ranch. This all took place in three days. Gary has done work on dozens of films including Terminator 2, Backdraft, X Men, and Finding Nemo. Winner of seven academy awards, Gary is happy to find his niche.”
See it in the following video:
There is another interesting interview with Gary Rydstrom at Mix Online:
“It’s the rare individual who is able to go out on top, to walk away from a career while still at peak performance. It’s a move we tend to associate with star athletes, the Michael Jordans and Jim Browns of the world, and after the initial, “Oh, no, say it ain’t so” reaction, we generally greet their decision with respect and awe. They did the right thing.
And so it is with Gary Rydstrom, arguably the finest sound designer and re-recording mixer of his generation. At the ripe old age of 44, with seven Oscars (out of 12 nominations), a slew of BAFTA, Golden Reel and C.A.S. Awards, and a 20-year filmography remarkable for its range and quality, he is leaving Skywalker Sound. But rather than opt for the speakers’ circuit or the golf course, Rydstrom is headed for the director’s chair at Pixar, a company that he’s been associated with since creating the “voices” for Luxo Jr. back in 1986.
But we’ve come to praise Rydstrom, not to bury him, as there is no believable scenario in which he will be able to completely sever ties with Skywalker or the world of sound-for-picture.”
Read Full Article here.
Finally, Gary Rydstrom on voting on Oscars here.
And this is the end of Gary Special. I hope you like it! In August we’ll have another awesome featured sound designer.. Ready to enter the Matrix?
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