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Profession: Sound Department, Director

Years Experience: 33

Biography: Gary Rydstrom began his career in sound at Sprocket Systems, the sound group at Lucasfilm. He has worked on a number of films, including 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day,' 'Jurassic Park,' 'Backdraft' and 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.' Through this work he has won 7 Academy Awards.

Rydstrom did his first work for Pixar on the short film 'Luxo Jr.'. Pixar wanted Ben Burtt, who had done the sound on 'The Adventures of André and Wally B.'. But Burtt was busy on another film so Sprocket Systems offered Rydstrom. 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.

Rydstrom continued his collaboration with Pixar, working on all of their short films and feature films through 'Finding Nemo.' He join Pixar and made his directorial debut on the short film 'Lifted.' He will be making his feature film directorial debut on newt, scheduled for release in the summer of 2011.

Spoken Languages: English

Source: www.pixar.com

Gary Rydstrom

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