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Skywalker Sound is the sound effects, sound editing, sound design, sound mixing and music recording division of Lucasfilm. Founded in 1975, the company's main facilities are located at George Lucas's Skywalker Ranch in Lucas Valley, near Nicasio, California.

History

Skywalker Sound was founded as Sprocket Systems in San Anselmo, California.

While located in San Anselmo, Sprocket Systems came into contact with the local residents from time to time. For instance, Kentfield resident Pat Welsh was "discovered" while shopping at a camera store and went on to provide the voice for E.T. During the sound recording of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Harrison Ford could be spotted practicing his bullwhip technique in the parking lot.

Sprocket Systems moved from San Anselmo following a disastrous flood in January 1982. The company changed its name to Skywalker Sound in 1987 after the company moved to Skywalker Ranch.

Skywalker Sound's staff of sound designers and re-recording mixers have either won or been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Sound and Best Sound Editing every year since Star Wars in 1977; in that year, Ben Burtt was given a Special Achievement Award, since the category for Sound Editing had not yet been established. Skywalker Sound has won 15 Academy Awards and received 62 nominations.

Mixing stages, editorial services, and scoring stages are all located in a central "Tech Building," with dining areas and living quarters in the vicinity but separate from the main work area.

In 2012, The Walt Disney Company acquired Skywalker Sound as part of its purchase of Lucasfilm.

Notable staff

  • David Acord
  • Christopher Barnett
  • Richard Beggs
  • Tom Bellfort
  • Steve Boeddeker
  • Christopher Boyes
  • Ben Burtt
  • Bob Edwards
  • Frank Eulner
  • Andre Fenley
  • Lora Hirschberg
  • Richard Hymns
  • Leslie Ann Jones
  • Ren Klyce
  • Dennis Leonard
  • Michael Levine
  • Scott Levine
  • Tom Myers
  • Steve Orlando
  • Gary A. Rizzo
  • Gary Rydstrom
  • Chris Scarabosio
  • Michael Semanick
  • Michael Silvers
  • Mac Smith
  • Gary Summers, M.P.S.E.
  • Randy Thom
  • Gwendolyn Yates Whittle
  • Matthew Wood
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