Randy Thom

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Randy Thom
Born David Randall Thom
Occupation Sound designer
Years active 1979–present

David Randall Thom is a sound designer, and the current Director of Sound Design at Skywalker Sound.

Career[edit]

Thom started his career with a spontaneous walk-in on the stereo mix session of American Graffiti. Thom introduced himself to Walter Murch, Ben Burtt, and Mark Berger. He simply stated, "Hi, I'm Randy. I've been working for a radio station in Berkeley, and I want to work in film sound."[1]

It was at this point that Murch gave Thom a chance to sit in on a few mix sessions. He would go on to work his first sound job for Apocalypse Now. His second sound job would prove to be a strong turn in his career, as he assisted Ben Burtt in the Sound Effects Recording for The Empire Strikes Back.

In February 2010, Thom was honored with the Cinema Audio Society Career Achievement Award.

In 2013 he joined the International Samobor Film Music Festival as a board member.[2]

In 2014 Thom received the prestigious MPSE Career Achievement Award at the 2014 Golden Reel Awards Gala in Los Angeles.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1979 Apocalypse Now Post-production sound (effects) recordist
1980 Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Sound effects recording
1983 Koyaainsqatsi Sound effects recordist
1983 Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi [U.S.] Production sound [mixer], re-recording mixer: music
1983 Never Cry Wolf Sound mixer - Saul Zaentz
1983 The Right Stuff Sound re-recording mixer, sound effects recordist (uncredited) - Saul Zaentz
1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Re-recording mixer
1985 Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets Sound [designer], supervising mixer (uncredited)
1985 Latino Sound designer, re-recording mixer
1987 Spaceballs Sound designer, re-recording mixer
1987 Gardens of Stone re-recording mixer
1988 Colors Sound designer, re-recording mixer
1988 Tucker: The Man and His Dream re-recording mixer
1989 Romero Sound re-recording mixer
1989 Always Foley artist, re-recording mixer
1990 Wild at Heart Sound designer, sound re-recording mixer 1990 Loom Sound design consultant: Audio Book Cassette
1991 Backdraft re-recording mixer
1991 A Brief History of Time Sound effects, re-recording mixer
1993 The Saint of Fort Washington re-recording mixer, Sound Designer (uncredited?)
1994 Forrest Gump Sound design, re-recording mixer
1994 Disclosure re-recording mixer
1995 Species re-recording mixer
1996 The Frighteners Sound designer, re-recording mixer
1996 Mars Attacks! Sound designer, re-recording mixer
1996 Chain Reaction Sound designer, re-recording mixer (uncredited?)
1997 Mimic Sound design
1997 Contact Sound designer, re-recording mixer
1998 Stepmom re-recording mixer
1999 Arlington Road Sound designer, re-recording mixer
1999 Snow Falling on Cedars re-recording mixer
1999 The Iron Giant Sound designer
1999 Bicentennial Man Sound designer, sound re-recording mixer
2000 Reindeer Games Sound designer
2000 What Lies Beneath Sound designer, re-recording mixer
2000 Cast Away Sound designer, re-recording mixer
2001 Osmosis Jones Sound designer
2001 Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within Sound designer, re-recording mixer
2002 Windtalkers Supervising sound editor (uncredited?), re-recording sound mixer
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Sound designer & supervisor
2003 Darkness Falls Sound designer, re-recording mixer
2003 Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life re-recording mixer, supervising sound designer
2004 Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence Sound designer
2004 Shrek 2 Sound designer
2004 The Polar Express Sound designer, re-recording mixer
2004 The Incredibles Sound designer, re-recording mixer, supervising sound editor
2005 War of the Worlds Additional sound designer
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Sound designer and supervising sound editor
2006 Ice Age: The Meltdown Sound designer, sound mixing, supervising sound editor
2006 Over the Hedge Sound mixing
2006 Monster House Supervising sound designer, supervising sound editor, supervising sound mixer
2006 Eragon Sound designer & supervising sound editor, sound re-recording mixer
2007 Ratatouille Sound designer, re-recording mixer
2007 The Simpsons Movie Sound designer
2007 Bee Movie Sound designer
2007 Enchanted Sound designer & supervising sound editor, sound re-recording mixer
2007 Beowulf sound designer, sound re-recording mixer
2008 Standard Operating Procedure Sound designer (uncredited?), sound supervisor
2008 Horton Hears a Who! Sound designer, sound re-recording mixer, supervising sound editor
2008 Bolt Sound designer, re-recording mixer
2008 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Sound designer
2009 Coraline Sound designer, sound re-recording mixer
2009 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Re-recording mixer, supervising sound designer
2009 A Christmas Carol Sound designer, re-recording mixer
2010 Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Supervising sound designer, supervising sound re-recording mixer
2010 How to Train Your Dragon Sound designer, supervising sound editor, supervising sound mixer
2010 Despicable Me Sound design consultant
2010 The Last Airbender Sound re-recording mixer, supervising sound designer
2011 Mars Needs Moms Sound designer, re-recording mixer
2011 Rio re-recording mixer, supervising sound designer, supervising sound editor?
2012 The Lorax Sound Designer/Supervising sound editor, re-recording mixer
2012 Ice Age: Continental Drift Sound designer, supervising sound editor, re-recording mixer, additional voices
2012 Flight Sound designer/re-recording mixer, sound designer & supervising sound editor?
2013 The Croods ADR, sound designer, re-recording mixer, Sandy - voice design by, supervising sound editor?
2013 Epic Sound re-recording mixer, supervising sound designer
2013 Free Birds re-recording mixer, sound designer
2014 Rio 2 Supervising sound designer, re-recording mixer
2014 How to Train Your Dragon 2 re-recording mixer, supervising sound designer, supervising sound editor
2015 Home Supervising sound designer
2015 The Peanuts Movie Rerecording mixer, sound designer, supervising sound editor, additional voices: Snoopy vocals
2015 Crimson Peak sound designer, supervising sound editor
2015 The Walk Supervising sound designer, supervising sound mixer

Awards[edit]

Academy Awards[edit]

Nominations[edit]

Honorary awards[edit]

  • 2010 Cinema Audio Society Career Achievement Honoree.

References[edit]

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